The Nevada Health Service Corps (NHSC)

Type Loan Forgiveness
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Nevada Health Service Corps

The Nevada Health Service Corps (NHSC), established in 1989, was created to designate areas of underservice within the State and match practitioners to those areas of need. A practitioner may enter the NHSC by engaging in full-time clinical practice in an assigned community in exchange for loan repayment funds.


Candidates in the following health professions and who meet licensure standards in Nevada with no restrictions upon their DEA certificate are eligible to apply:

MD Doctors of Allopathic Medicine
DO Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine
DD General Practice Dentists
NP Primary Care Certified Nurse Practitioners
NM Certified Nurse-Midwives
PA Primary Care Physician Assistants
DH Registered Clinical Dental Hygienists
CP Clinical or Counseling Psychologists
CSW Clinical Social Workers
PNS Psychiatric Nurse Specialists
MHC Mental Health Counselors
LPC Licensed Professional Counselors
MFT Marriage and Family Therapists

The approvable primary care specialties for physicians are family medicine (and osteopathic general practice), internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, and general psychiatry. Physicians meeting the requirements for limited licensure and granted such under provisions of the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners will be considered individually for participation in the program.

Requirements of Participation

In exchange for loan repayment funds, each candidate agrees to serve in their assigned community for a contractually specified period of time. Typically the length of time equals two years of full-time service.

The candidate agrees to provide services to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay; to accept assignments under section 1842(b)(3)(B)(ii) of the Social Security Act as full payment for all services for which payment may be made under Part B of Title XVIII and under Title XIX and Title XXI (Nevada Check-Up) of such Act; to deliver services with medically accepted quality standards for performance; and to remain in the assigned underserved area for the duration of the period of obligated service.


Each application is evaluated individually and awards are made based upon the funding available during that cycle. The NHSC reserves the right to determine the amount of the award and the length of the period of obligated service individually for each application.

All funds awarded under this program are to be used only for repayment of educational loans. Proof of payment in the amount of the award must be submitted to the NHSC.


Candidates may apply for the NHSC at any point during the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30.) Decisions are made on an annual basis, unless funding becomes available at other times. Typically awards are made during July and August of each year.

Please click the links below to download applications. Please note there are separate applications for physicians and allied health fields.


More Information

Keith Clark
Nevada Office of Rural Health
701 Walnut
Elko, NV 89801
Phone: (775) 738-3828
Fax: (775)738-0689