Chadron State College
Chadron State College



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 radiography. For information on the other options, make a new selection from the Health Professions options page, call 800-242-3766, or email

Who Can Apply

To be eligible for RHOP, the applicant MUST:

  1. Be a rural Nebraska resident (Omaha and Lincoln areas are excluded).
  2. Be a Nebraska high school graduate.
  3. Apply to only the Chadron State College OR Wayne State College RHOP program.
  4. Be committed to practice in a rural Nebraska area.
  5. Be enrolled at CSC for the entirety of their discipline guidelines.
  6. If a nontraditional student: must be willing to begin their work at CSC as a freshman, regardless of previous education.

December 1 Deadline

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.

Program Characteristics

Two years of study at Chadron State College followed by two years in basic medical sciences and clinical study at UNMC are required. Portions of the clinical experience are provided at one or more clinical sites in rural Nebraska.A Bachelor of Science degree in Radiation Science Technology is awarded by UNMC upon successful completion of the program. Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
The application of college credit earned through previous college work, CLEP or high school courses for college credit under an Advanced Placement curriculum, will be determined on an individual basis.

Selection Guidelines

Numerous factors are a part of the selection process. For the Rural Health Opportunities Program, special consideration will be given to applicants who:

  • Want to become radiation science technologists.
  • Demonstrate academic potential.
  • Are from rural areas of Nebraska.
  • Are committed to returning to rural areas of Nebraska to practice.


Interviews will be approximately 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 applicant as possible, and in answering any questions they 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.

Final Selection

RHOP Positions: Two applicants will be selected to fill the position in the program for the next class.

Alternate Positions: Alternates will be selected from among the Radiography applicants. Only the alternates will be allowed to fill any vacancy that may develop in this class.The students receiving alternate status will maintain this status as long as they enroll at Chadron State College, maintain 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.

Career Promotional Activities

Each student accepted into the program must complete the following activities as they are scheduled:

  • Attend credit and non-credit UNMC conducted video conferences and classes.
  • Visit the University of Nebraska Medical Center for tours and seminars.
  • Visit, work or volunteer in health care settings.
  • Develop a professional association with one or more practicing radiation science professionals.
  • Participate in on-campus activities for health professions students.

Progress Evaluation

Course Work

  • Follow the specific curriculum designed for this program.
  • Complete courses in a timely manner in order to enter the professional program as scheduled.

Program Standards

  • The student’s overall Grade Point Average (GPA) must be at or above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • The student must achieve a grade of "B" or higher for all science and mathematics course required in the program of study.
  • Should a student’s performance fall below either of the program standards, he/she will be placed on academic probation.The student must meet with their academic advisor to determine a recovery program.Probation must be cleared by the School Dean in conjunction with the UNMC program director prior to the last semester at CSC.Any student not clearing probation in a proper and timely manner may be dismissed from RHOP.


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.

Benefits of the Program

If selected as a participant in the program, each student will:

  • Receive early acceptance to the Radiation Science Technology Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center School of Allied Health Professions when the student begins the radiography curriculum at Chadron State College.
  • Follow the specific pre-professional curriculum at CSC, that will prepare the student for the final three years at UNMC.
  • Have the opportunity to fulfill portions of the clinical requirements in western Nebraska or other approved rural clinical affiliate sites in Nebraska.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in special professional activities while at CSC.
  • Be eligible to apply for registration with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

For course work requirements while at CSC please see the degree programs page.