WAYNE - Katie Loberg of Wayne has been accepted for the radiography portion of the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) at Wayne State College.
Loberg is the daughter of Brian and Bonnie Loberg.
"The need for rural health professionals continues to grow,'' said Dr. David Peitz of Wayne State College. "These students have proven themselves to be gifted and dedicated to their profession. They have displayed the potential to develop into strong community leaders.''
RHOP is a cooperative effort between Wayne State and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and encourages students from rural areas of Nebraska to return to rural settings after graduation to pursue their career. Individuals selected obtain guaranteed admission to UNMC Colleges upon successful completion of studies at WSC and receive a full-tuition waiver at WSC.
Areas of study under the program include clinical laboratory science, medicine; pharmacy; dentistry; dental hygiene; physical therapy, physician assistant and radiography.
A shortage of rural health practitioners in Nebraska prompted higher education institutions to implement the RHOP program in 1989. Selection of candidates is based on an applicant's residency in a rural Nebraska community, academic potential and commitment to practice in rural Nebraska.