Health professions programs prepare students for UNMC hardships

Undergraduate students come from UNK, UNO, Wayne State, Chadron State and Peru State Colleges

UNMC recently hosted 203 undergraduate students and their faculty advisors, representing five academic healthcare pipeline programs, who spent two days exploring their future as healthcare students.

The students, who are enrolled in the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP), the Kearney Health Opportunities Program (KHOP), Urban Health Opportunities Program (UHOP), and the Public Health Early Admissions Student Track (PHEAST), came to UNMC to have a look in their future as UNMC students.

During the visit, students learned about their future careers in 11 different health professions – dentistry, oral hygiene, medical laboratory science, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant, physiotherapy, public health or radiography. Students also connected with current students in their stated health professions training programs to get information and tips on how to be prepared to thrive at UNMC.

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“The annual visit to UNMC is an excellent opportunity for our prospective students to visualize themselves in their health professions training program and as a future health care provider and to build bonds with students from across the state with whom they will eventually share classes or even practice.” with,” said Nikki Carritt, director of Rural Health Initiatives at UNMC. “We were delighted to welcome students back for the enhanced personal opportunity – long marked as a cornerstone of their program experience.

“It is also an opportunity for UNMC leadership, educators and staff to demonstrate our commitment to their success in becoming Nebraska’s health professionals of the future,” she said.

At UNMC, students met educators in their training program, learned from presentations on how to prepare academically to endure the rigors of education in the health professions, as well as discussions on leadership, inclusiveness, wellness and stress management.

Chadron State students also had the opportunity to meet faculty and staff at the Health Science Education Complex (HSEC) in Kearney on their return journey. Several of the students will enroll in the allied health professions and nursing training programs on that campus.

Below is a list of the Panhandle students by university and residence:

Chadron State College: Chance Cooper, of Bridgeport; Cobie Bila, Kennedy Trueblood, both of Chadron; Kailey Klein, of Harrison; Jocelyn Varvel, of Hay Springs; Blake Thyne, of Mitchell; Aaron Price, of Scottsbluff; McKenzie Andrew, Lorien DeMasters, John Fortner, Paige Pritchard, Jaylee Shaw, all from Sidney.

University of Nebraska at Kearney: Madison Petersen, from Gordon; Mikayla Jaggers, of Rushville.

University of Nebraska at Omaha: Luna Gonzalez, of Alliance.

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