Service Obligated Programs Database

National Health Service Corps Rural Community Loan Repayment Program

Summary:The National Health Service Corps Rural Community Loan Repayment Program is designed to recruit and retain medical, nursing, and behavioral/mental health clinicians who provide evidence-based substance use disorder treatment in rural communities designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas.

Agency:U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration

Sponsor:United States

Program Type:Loan Repayment

Length of Service:Three year full-time or part-time commitment

Type of Designation Required:Primary care or mental health HPSA

Minimum HPSA Score Required:Minimum score is determined year-to-year

Place of Service Obligation:NHSC-approved site in designated HPSAs

Health Professionals Supported:Physicians, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Substance Use Disorder Counselors, Advance Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants, Certified Nurse-Midwives, Pharmacists

Additional Information:State-issued supplemental SUD credentials, which are distinct from the licensure/certification that SUD counselors must have in order to practice SUD counseling, are not required but will determine an applicant’s ranking in the selection process.

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