As Utah’s PCO, we work with our federal, state, and local partners to help place health care professionals in designated shortage areas across the state.
National Health Service Corps (NHSC) offers educational loan repayment and scholarship programs to health care providers in exchange for working in a shortage area. Clinical practice sites can recruit and retain qualified providers by becoming an NHSC-approved site.
NHSC Loan Repayment Program
This program is open to licensed primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers who are employed or seeking employment at approved sites.
For more information on this program, please visit their website: https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loan-repayment/index.html
NHSC Substance Use Disorder Program
NHSC SUD Workforce LRP offers awards to providers who use evidence-based treatment models to treat substance use disorders. Evidence-based SUD treatment contributes to combating this epidemic through specific eligibility. Providers must be trained and licensed to provide SUD treatment at NHSC-approved evidenced-based SUD treatment facilities.
For more information on this program, please visit their website: https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loan-repayment/nhsc-sud-workforce-loan-repayment-program.html
NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program
This program is designed for providers in rural communities working to address the opioid crisis. In partnership with the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program, providers at participating locations are eligible to apply for this program.
For more information, please visit their website: https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loan-repayment/nhsc-rural-community-loan-repayment-program
NHSC Scholarship Program
Scholarships are awarded each year to students pursuing primary care careers. In return, students commit to serving for 2 to 4 years after graduation and completion of training.
For more information on this program, please visit their website: https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarships/index.html
NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program
NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program puts registered nurses (including advanced practice nurses and nursing faculty) on a rewarding career path while paying off 60 percent of their unpaid nursing student loans in just 2 years – and an additional 25 percent of the original balance for an optional third year.
For more information on this program, please visit their website: https://bhw.hrsa.gov/loansscholarships/nursecorps
NHSC Eligible Sites
If you are interested in applying to become an eligible NHSC site, please review their Site Reference Guide
PCO Program Specialist
hchilds @ utah.gov