Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP)

U.S. Public Health Service
Rockville, MD.
Type Clinical Research, Academic Year Program, Global Health, Health Disparities, Rural Health
Deadline December 31, 2012


Students participating in JRCOSTEP work in the same exciting Federal agencies and programs as active duty Commissioned Corps officers. Typical assignments vary from 31 to 120 days during official school breaks. Applicants are accepted from a variety of fields, including environmental health, pharmacy, engineering, and nursing.


  • Have completed at least 1 year of study in medical, dental, or veterinary school; at least 2 years of study in a professionally accredited baccalaureate program in one of the following disciplines: dietetics, engineering, medical record administration, physician assistant training, nursing, pharmacy, sanitary science, computer science, dental hygiene, medical laboratory technology, or therapy (e.g., occupational, physical, speech-language pathology, or audiology); or be enrolled in a master's degree or doctoral program in a health-related field.
  • Return to college or to a post-graduate training program in a commissionable profession immediately following participation in JRCOSTEP.
  • Be enrolled full time in a program of study accredited by an acceptable accrediting body.
  • Be free of any obligation or responsibility that would conflict with your ability to serve in the Corps, such as membership in or a service obligation to another uniformed service (Indian Health Service scholarship recipients may participate in JRCOSTEP).
  • Qualify for appointment in the Commissioned Corps. A successful applicant must:
    • Be a U.S. citizen
    • Be younger than 44 years of age
    • Meet the medical requirements

Please contact the program administrator for details on dates, eligibility and deadlines.

More Information


Division of Commissioned Corps Recruitment
, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Plaza Level
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 800-279-1605