Rural Health Careers Camp

Through partnerships with various universities, colleges, and hospitals, the NCRHP offers an annual Rural Health Careers Camp.  The four-day, overnight camp provides rural high school students with hands-on learning experiences about the different health careers and shows them the opportunities available in the various health profession fields.  

Students will also receive information about health professions training, academic requirements, financial aid, and campus life. The faculty for the camp is comprised of health professions faculty, health professionals currently in practice, and college students in a health professions program. 

The camp is a partnership between the National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP) University of Illinois Rockford, Rockford University, Rock Valley College, Illinois Area Health Education Center and the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN).  


  • Develop a qualified rural student base to fill health profession workforce shortages in rural Illinois

  • Strengthen rural students’ educational backgrounds and interest in rural health professions

  • Provide rural high school students with a hands-on learning experiences about different health careers

Camp Facts:

  • First camp was held the summer of 2005

  • Three and one-half day overnight camp on a college campus

  • 40-50 high school students from rural Illinois attend camp

  • Hands-on labs related to various health professions

  • Recreational activities in the community

  • Health professions students (some with a rural background) serve as camp counselors and provide perspectives on the college experience

  • In addition to lab activities, the camp includes parent session about how to prepare/pursue a career in the health professions including information about college admissions, requirements, and financial aid.  


Apply to the 2018 Rural Health Careers Camp!

The 13th annual Rural Health Careers Camp will be held June 25-28, 2018 at Rockford University.

Current rural high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors from the following counties are eligible to apply to the camp: Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, Henderson, Henry, JoDaviess, Knox, LaSalle, Lee, Mercer, Ogle, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Stephenson, Warren, Whiteside and Winnebago. Seniors as well as students outside of these counties may be considered, pending availability.

Cost of the camp is $100 and is due after notification of camp acceptance. The $100 is all-inclusive: meals and housing will be provided by Rockford University.

Applications are due by April 1, 2018. You can access the application HERE.

Health professions students interested in being camp counselors can access the application instructions and position requirements HERE.

For more information, contact Vicky Rhine at 815.395.5854 or by e-mail at
Click to view the 2017 camp schedule.