Through the Nevada Health Service Corps Program, applicants may be able to qualify student loan forgiveness in exchange for serving in areas that are underserviced within the State and match practitioners to those areas of need. To encourage a practitioner to practice and serve underrepresented communities in Nevada, health professionals may enter the NHSC by engaging in full-time clinical practice in an assigned community in exchange for loan repayment funds. Read on to see eligibility requirements, award amounts, and application process for the Nevada Health Service Corps program.
In order to be eligible for the Nevada Health Service Corps Program, you must be in one of the following professions:
- MD Doctors of Allopathic Medicine
- DO Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine
- DDS/DMD General Practice Dentists
- NP Primary Care Certified Nurse Practitioners
- CNM Certified Nurse-Midwives
- PA Primary Care Physician Assistants
- RDH Registered Clinical Dental Hygienists
- HSP Health Service Psychologist (Clinical and Counseling)
- LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Workers
- PNS Psychiatric Nurse Specialists
- LPC Licensed Professional Counselors
- MFT Marriage and Family Therapists
- RN Registered Nurse
- Pharm Pharmacist
- Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors licensed/credentialed/certified by their state of practice that meets educational requirements and master’s degree
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.
For more information, head over to the official program page.
What is the award amount?
Through the Nevada Health Service Corps Program, each application is evaluated individually and the 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.
How to apply?
To apply for the Nevada Health Service Corps Program, head over to the official website to find out more regarding additional program information and see when the best time to apply for this program is. You have the ability to apply for this program year round. According to the application page, awards are generally made during July and August of each year, however, this is subject to change depending on the funding of the program. For more information regarding this program, you can reach out to Keith Clark, who is the current Director of Rural Programs. Decisions are made on an annual basis unless funding becomes available at other times.