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    National Health Service Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment ... National Health Service Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment ... Document Transcript

    • National Health Service Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment Program
      • 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
      • 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.
    • 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)
      • 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
      • 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.
      • 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)
      • 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
      • 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
      • Visit National Health Service Corps on the Web at
      • http://nhsc.bhpr.hrsa.gov/