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Rural Experiences for Health Professions Students Summer Experience Program

Yankton Rural Area Health Education Center
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Cheri Buffington


Rural Experiences for Health Professions Students (REHPS) Program places students pursuing a career in a health field at one of four colleges and university in South Dakota in a hands-on, 4-week experience with preceptors established in rural or frontier areas of South Dakota. Students are paired together, promoting interprofessional studies, and are required to complete a community project during their experience.

The goal of the REHPS Summer Experience Program is to increase the number of medical professionals who practice in rural areas throughout South Dakota.


South Dakota students in the following areas are eligible to apply.

  • Clinical psychology
  • Master of social work
  • Physician
  • Physician assistant
  • Medical laboratory science
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Pharmacy
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
Geographic coverage
South Dakota
Amount of funding

Students are provided with housing, some meals, and a stipend.

Application process

A link to the online application form is available on the Yankton Rural AHEC website.

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Frontier and remote areas · Health occupations · Health workforce education and training · Health workforce pipeline · Interprofessional training of the health workforce · Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses · Nurses · Pharmacy and prescription drugs · Pharmacy workforce · Physician assistants · Physicians · Primary care · South Dakota

For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.