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National Health Service Corps


National Health Service Corps (NHSC) 

NHSC Flyer

The NHSC offers scholarships and loan repayment programs to help with the cost of pursuing careers in healthcare fields.

Click here to view the OPC's flyer with more information!

Clinical practice sites can recruit and retain dedicated providers by applying to become an NHSC site. Approved sites can post job openings and promote opportunities in their communities. 

Click here to find out more about the Site Application Cycle!

 

NHSC Information

The Oklahoma Office of Primary Care (PCO) assists health care professionals with student loan repayment through the NHSC program. The NHSC helps build healthy communities by connecting health providers to areas of the United States with limited access to care. Since its inception in 1972, more than 45,000 primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health professionals have served in NHSC sites across the country.  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 is a Federal government program administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce.  For qualifying clinical professionals, HRSA offers up to $50,000 in student loan repayment and/or scholarships in exchange for service to an underserved urban or rural community designated as a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). NHSC awards scholarships and loan repayment to primary care providers in NHSC-eligible disciplines. NHSC providers, in turn, commit to serving for at least two years at an NHSC-approved site located in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).

 

Providers in the following disciplines may be eligible for loan repayment and/or scholarships:  

National Health Service Corps Discipline Eligible Specialties Eligible Profession Types
Primary Care

Family Medicine

Internal Medicine

Pediatrics

Obstetrics/Gynecology

  • Allopathic Physicians (MD)
  • Osteopathic Physicians (DO)
  • Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM)
  • Physician Assistants (PA)
Mental Health

Psychiatry

 

Behavioral Health Specialties

  • Allopathic Physicians (MD)
  • Osteopathic Physicians (DO)
  • Health Service Psychologists (HSP)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
  • Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC)
  • Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT)
  • Psychiatric Nurse Specialists (PNS)
  • Nurse Practitioners - Mental Health (NP)
  • Physician Assistants - Mental Health (PA)

 

Dental Care

Family/General Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry

Geriatric Dentistry

  • Doctors of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • Doctors of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD)
  • Registered Dental Hygienists (RDH)

  

For more information, visit the NHSC, the Bureau of Health Workforce, and HRSA websites.  

Contact Information
Jana Castleberry
Manager of Health Workforce Development
Office of Primary Care & Rural Health Development

Center for Health Innovation and Effectiveness
1000 NE 10th St, Room 915
Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1299
Phone: (405) 271-9444, Ext. 56520
E-mail: JanaC@health.ok.gov

 

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