The Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) currently has options in clinical laboratory science (medical technology), dental hygiene, dentistry, medial technology, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and radiography. The information contained on this page pertains only to physician assistant. For information on the other options, make a new selection from the Health Professions options page, call 888-293-2293, or email email@example.com.
To be eligible for RHOP, the applicant MUST:
Applications must be completed on-line, printed & together with three letters of recommendation, a copy of ACT scores, and transcripts submitted via mail to the Chadron State College Health Professions Office. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify a complete application prior to the December 1 deadline. Click here for an application.
Four years of study at Chadron State College resulting in a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology is followed by twenty eight months of study in the basic medical sciences and clinical settings at UNMC. The final fifteen months of study at UNMC is spent gaining clinical experience at UNMC in Omaha or various sites in western Nebraska. A Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree is awarded by the University of Nebraska Medical Center upon successful completion of the professional curriculum at UNMC.
The application of college credit earned through previous college work, CLEP or high school courses for college credit under Advanced Placement curriculum, will be determined on an individual basis.
Numerous factors are a part of the selection process. For the Rural Health Opportunities Program, special consideration will be given to applicants who:
Interviews will be approximately 20-30 minutes in length, informal and conducted by faculty and administrators from UNMC and CSC. The interviewers are interested in learning as much about the interviewee as possible, and in answering any questions he/she may have regarding Chadron State College, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, or the Rural Health Opportunities Program. The interviews will be held on the CSC campus. Each person being interviewed will receive a letter stating the specific time and location for the interview.
RHOP Positions: Up to three applicants will be selected to fill the positions in the program for the next class.
Alternate Positions: Up to three applicants will be selected as alternates. Only alternates will be allowed to fill any vacancies that may develop in this class. Those students receiving alternate status who enroll at Chadron State College will maintain this status as long as they meet the standards set forth in the RHOP guidelines and follow the prescribed curriculum.
All applicants will be notified of their status as soon as possible.
Exposure to the world of medicine and rural health care is an important objective of the physician assistant studies at Chadron State College. The following are some activities in which each student will participate:
Each student is required to keep a journal of his or her professional activities and experiences at CSC. The journals will be turned in to the CSC Health Professions Office at the end of each semester.
If selected as a participant in the program, each student will:
For course work requirements while at CSC please see the degree programs page.