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The Office of Primary Care & Rural Health Development

National Health Service Corps Information

The Oklahoma Office of Primary Care (PCO) assists health care professionals with student loan repayment through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program.  Over its 40 year history, the program has recruited over 30,000 physicians and other health professionals to serve in critical areas across the country.  

The NHSC program is funded through the federal Department of Health and Human Services, and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Within HRSA, the Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service administers the NHSC.  For qualifying clinical professionals, HRSA offers loan repayment and/or scholarships in exchange for service to an underserved urban or rural community designated as a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).  Providers in the following disciplines may be eligible for loan repayment and/or scholarships:  Physicians (MD and DO). 

Pregnant Woman with Pink and Blue Baby SocksSpecialties include:  Family Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, General Pediatrics, General Psychiatry.

  • Physician Assistants (Primary Care)
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Dentists (DDS and DMD)

NHSC members fulfill their service requirement by working at NHSC approved sites.  To date, the NHSC has over 15,000 member sites, nation-wide.  NHSC approved sites are health care facilities that provide comprehensive outpatient, ambulatory, primary health care services to populations residing in HPSAs.  Related inpatient services may be provided by NHSC approved Critical Access Hospitals (CAH).  Each site that would like to use the NHSC to recruit and retain health professionals must submit a Site Application and be approved as an NHSC site.  There are several benefits for becoming an approved site.  They include recruitment and retention assistance, networking opportunities and technical assistance.  For more information, visit the NHSC, the Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service, and the HRSA website's.  

Contact Information
Espaniola Bowen, BS, MCJA, M.Ed
Director
Office of Primary Care & Rural Health Development
1000 NE 10th Street, Room 516
Oklahoma City 73117-1299
Phone:  405/271-8427
Cell:  405/312-0521
Fax:  405/271-1225
E-mail:  espab@health.ok.gov

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