Though Chadron State College is known for its Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) program options, the college also offers 10 other programs in the health professions.
The RHOP program currently includes nine health professions, but is limited to students who are residents of Nebraska. Only a certain number of positions are available each year, and the program primarily recruits high school seniors interested in the RHOP’s included professions. However, students who reside out-of-state or that may be interested in careers in health care outside of RHOP have options too.
In addition to RHOP, Chadron State offers pre-requisite courses and training to 10 additional fields in health care. Though these students may not receive an undergraduate degree from CSC, these courses fulfill the pre-requisites needed to get into the professional schools of a student’s choosing.
The over-arching goal for the 19 health care professions is to prepare students for their professional careers as well as fulfill pre-requisites here. With programs varying between two to four years for an undergraduate degree, professors, faculty and advisers work with students to make sure they are ready to go into their chosen professions.
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Students outside of the RHOP program can obtain their pre-requisites at CSC in careers such as podiatry, optometry, mortuary science and veterinary medicine.
RHOP’s current options are:
Medical Lab Science, Dental Hygiene, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physical Assistant and Radiography.
CSC’s current health professions options are:
Chiropractic Medicine, Cytotechnology, Nuclear Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Osteopathic Medicine, Podiatry, Veterinary Medicine, Clinical Perfusion, Mortuary Science and Optometry.