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National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Site Application



Application Deadline: Jun 25, 2024


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 Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Seeks to support comprehensive primary care and primary care behavioral health services in rural and underserved communities.

Clinicians who work in an eligible discipline at a qualifying practice site may be eligible to apply for a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarship or loan repayment program.

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:

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Certified Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)
  • Community outpatient facilities
  • Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)
  • Free Clinics
  • Mobile units
  • Private practices
  • School-based clinics
  • State or local health departments
  • State prisons
  • Substance use disorder treatment facilities

The following site types are eligible to receive automatic approval as an NHSC practice site once the initial application for new site approval:

  • Federal prisons
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) look-alikes
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Health Service Corps facilities
  • Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities, tribally-operated 638 health programs, dually-funded Tribal Health Clinic and FQHC 330 funded facilities, Urban Indian Health programs, and IHS hospitals

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 or territorial 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.

Applicant webinar recording


For questions:
TTY at 877-897-9910
Online contact form
Bureau of Health Workforce Customer Service Portal
Primary Care Office contacts for states and territories

Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Facilities • Healthcare Workforce • Mental Health