Prospective Students


Each year RPAP places approximately 40 students in rural communities for a continual nine-month experience. Students work under the direct supervision of board-certified community preceptors and other specialists in the community hospital and clinic. Students earn both elective and required course credits during this time. Students from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience participate in the program.


  • 36 credits; up to 24 required course credits may be fulfilled depending on site
  • $20,000 Stipend for each RPAP student
  • One-on-one teaching/mentoring with preceptors and health care staff
  • Extensive hands-on experiences and opportunities
  • Increased confidence and competence in clinical and procedural skills
  • Opportunity to observe/participate in continuity of care
  • Explore business-related aspects of medical practice
  • Examine and treat a large number of patients ranging from newborn to elderly


  • A student should be a motivated, independent learner
  • Must pass the USMLE Step I Board Exam
  • Solid academic performance in undergraduate and medical school courses; no incomplete coursework or failures
  • Must successfully complete Medicine I clinical clerkship prior to RPAP
  • Immunization schedule must be up-to-date

Current Students

Students currently enrolled in RPAP will find information they need through their myU space and RPAP BlackBag pages.

Resources for students

Rural Health Resource Center

National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNet)
Scroll to the bottom of the home page to register and complete the short profile form. You will be given a login for future visits.