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