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National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Site Application



Application Deadline: Jul 1, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)


Offers assistance with recruiting and retaining primary care clinicians at approved practice sites that provide quality, culturally competent primary healthcare services in Mental Health and Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Supports sites providing comprehensive mental and behavioral health services, such as opioid treatment programs (OTPs), office-based opioid treatment, and non-opioid, outpatient substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facilities, with the goal of expanding access to high quality opioid use disorder (OUD) and SUD treatment services, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT), in underserved urban, rural, and tribal communities.

Clinicians who work in an eligible discipline at a qualifying practice site may be eligible to apply for one of five NHSC scholarship or loan repayment programs.

Open vacancies at approved practice sites are published on the NHSC Health Workforce Connector, which is used by clinicians searching for employment and training opportunities in rural and/or underserved areas. This includes NHSC Scholars and clinicians interested in applying for a NHSC loan repayment program.

Additional program benefits include:

  • Commitments to work at an NHSC-approved site from NHSC Scholars who have completed their training
  • Networking opportunities with other NHSC-approved sites and community organizations
  • Direct assistance from State Primary Care Offices to help improve access to primary healthcare services
  • Membership in a support network of organizations, which includes State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs), Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), and Primary Care Associations (PCAs), that is committed to delivering primary care in underserved communities

Amount of Funding

Sites officially accepted into the NHSC program receive assistance with recruiting and retaining primary care clinicians at their facility. Assistance is provided at no cost.

Who Can Apply

A practice site must meet all applicable requirements listed in the NHSC Site Agreement to be qualified to participate as an NHSC-approved site. Eligible site types include:

  • Rural Health Clinics (RHC)
  • Critical Access Hospitals (CAH)
  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • State prisons
  • State or local health departments
  • Hospital affiliated and non-hospital affiliated community outpatient facilities
  • Solo or group private practices
  • School-based clinics
  • Mobile units
  • Free Clinics
  • Substance use disorder treatment facilities

The following site types are eligible to receive automatic approval as an NHSC practice site:

  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) look-alikes
  • Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities, tribally-operated 638 health programs, and Urban Indian Health Programs
  • Federal prisons
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Health Service Corps facilities

Applicant sites must be located in, and treat patients from, a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA). In order to be eligible, sites must have a HPSA designation as of the first day of the NHSC site application cycle. Applicants must contact their State Primary Care Office (PCO) with any inquiries or to apply for a HPSA designation.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the NHSC Site Reference Guide and on the program website.

Practice sites eligible for automatic approval may submit an application to NHSC at any time during the year.

NHSC new site applicant webinar recording and slides


For questions:
TTY at 877-897-9910
Online contact form
Bureau of Health Workforce Customer Service Portal

Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Facilities • Healthcare Workforce • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) • Mental Health • Opioids • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment