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  • 1. National Health Service Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment Program
  • 2.
    • The National Health Service Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment Program is a federal program administered through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Bureau of Health Professions
  • 3.
    • The National Health Service Corps Program is committed to expanding access to health care in America’s underserved communities – in rural and inner-city areas where economic, geographic, and cultural barriers prevent people from seeking and receiving the health care they deserve.
  • 4. National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program
    • The NHSC recruits primary health care students who are U.S. citizens enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a fully accredited U.S.:
    • Allopathic or Osteopathic School
    • Dental School
    • Family Nurse Practitioner Program (master’s degree in nursing, post master’s, or post baccalaureate certificate
    • Nurse-Midwifery Program (master’s degree in nursing, post-master’s, or post-baccalaureate certificate)
    • Physician Assistant Program (certificate, associate, baccalaureate, or master’s program)
  • 5.
    • Medical students participating in the NHSC Scholarship Program must complete their residency programs in one of the following specialties:
    • Family Medicine
    • General Pediatrics
    • General Internal Medicine
    • Obstetrics/Gynecology
    • Psychiatry
    • Rotating Internship (for D.O.s only) with request to complete training in one of the specialties above
    • Dental Scholars may complete residencies in general practice or pediatric dentistry
  • 6.
    • National Health Service Corps Scholars begin serving their commitment upon completion of their training or residency.
    • Scholars choose their practice site from a NHSC-provided list of rural and urban communities where the health care needs are the greatest.
    • The commitment requires full-time clinical primary health care practice for 1 year for each full or partial year of scholarship support, with a 2-year minimum.
    • The scholarship covers:
    • Tax-free payment of tuition and fees for up to 4 years of education.
    • Twelve monthly stipend payments per year of scholarship support. Stipend payments are taxed.
    • Payment of other reasonable educational expenses such as books, supplies, and equipment.
  • 7.
    • National Health Service Corps is currently recruiting the following primary care clinicians or primary care disciplines that are eligible to apply for NHSC Loan Repayment:
    • Allopathic or Osteopathic Physicians (specializing in Family Medicine, General Pediatrics, General Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology or General Psychiatry
    • Primary Care Nurse Practitioners
    • Primary Care Physician Assistants
    • Certified Nurse-Midwives
    • Dentists
    • Dental Hygienists
    • Mental or Behavioral Health Professionals
    • (Clinical or Counseling Psychologist, Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, or Psychiatric Nurse Specialist)
  • 8.
    • National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program
    • The NHSC Loan Repayment Program repays up to $50,000 of qualifying educational loans in exchange for a 2-year service commitment in a health professional shortage area of greatest need.
    • Opportunities to continue loan repayment beyond 2 years, on an annual basis, may also be available.
    • In addition to being a fully trained health professional in a discipline or specialty for which NHSC is recruiting, the professional must:
    • Commit to providing primary care service in a health professional shortage area of greatest need for a minimum of two years.
    • Serve full time (40 hours per week) in a clinical practice of their profession
    • Be a U.S. citizen with a valid, unrestricted health care license or certificate for the State where they plan to practice
    • Be free of judgment liens arising from Federal debt
    • Have no other existing service commitment
  • 9.
    • To qualify for NHSC assistance, the site the scholar or loan repayment recipient practices at must:
    • Be located in a federally designated health professional shortage area
    • Serve high-need populations in a rural or urban area
    • Accept Medicaid/Medicare assignments
    • Maintain a discounted fee schedule that assures there is no financial barrier to care for those who are at or below 200 percent of the federally designated poverty level
    • Function as part of a system of care that assures access to the full continuum of services (referral and hospitalization)
    • Be a health facility that maintains full-time practice hours
  • 10.
    • Visit National Health Service Corps on the Web at