Become an NHSC Site! Determine Your Eligibility and Review Resources

May 10, 2023

Become an NHSC Site! Determine Your Eligibility and Review Resources

You are invited to apply to become a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) approved site and join the effort to provide outpatient, primary health care services to people in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). As an NHSC-approved site, you will receive assistance with recruiting, hiring, and retaining clinicians.

The new site application cycle is for sites that:

Have never been NHSC-approved, including sites that have applied and had their application denied or canceled

Are currently inactive for NHSC due to expiration or past compliance issues

The application is open now through Thursday, June 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET

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Additional Resources

Eligible Sites:

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Certified Rural Health Clinics (PDF – 1 MB)
    • Provider-based
    • Independent
  • Community mental health centers (CMHC)
  • Community outpatient facilities
    • Hospital-affiliated
    • Non-hospital-affiliated
  • Critical access hospitals (CAH)
  • Free clinics
  • Mobile units
  • Private practices (solo or group)
  • School-based clinics
  • State or local health departments
  • State Prisons
    • Note: Not all state prisons are eligible. A prison must meet these criteria to qualify for a designated HPSA:
      • Must be medium or maximum security
      • Must have at least 250 inmates
      • The ratio of the number of internees per year to the number of FTE primary care physicians serving the institution must be at least 1000:1
  • Substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facilities
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-certified Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs)
    • Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) facilities
    • Non-opioid outpatient SUD treatment facilities

Learn How to Apply