- Free clinics
- Correctional facilities
- Indian Health Service Facilities, Tribally-Operated 638 Health Programs, and Urban Indian Health Programs (ITUs)
To become a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) approved site, your facility must be a certain site type, and meet a list of requirements.
This page provides an overview of our requirements. Review complete details in the NHSC Site Reference Guide (PDF - 1 MB).
Review the site types below to determine if your site is eligible to become an NHSC-approved site.
The following site types are eligible to become NHSC-approved:
These site types may be eligible auto-approved NHSC sites:
These site types are not eligible to become NHSC-approved, even if located in or serving in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).
Note: If you are unsure of your site’s type or if you have questions about your site’s eligibility, search for and email the Division of Regional Operations (DRO) contact in your state.
Review the NHSC Site Agreement (PDF - 261 KB) and the NHSC Site Reference Guide (PDF - 1 MB) in their entirety. These documents contain the full set of requirements your site must meet – both at the time of application and continuing as long as you maintain NHSC-approved site status.
Here is a summary of those requirements.
*Age is not an applicable discriminatory factor for pediatric, geriatric, or obstetrics/gynecology sites.
NHSC sites (with some exceptions) must:
Note, if the Sliding Fee Discount Program does not apply to your site, you must provide documentation explaining that no one is charged or billed for services, and individuals are not denied service because of inability to pay.
If your site provides behavioral health services, your site administrator must submit:
These NHSC-approved sites are EXEMPT from the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Services Certification process:
Site administrators of sites that may be eligible for NHSC auto-approval must contact us directly and apply online through the BHW Customer Service Portal.
Follow the steps of our NHSC site application process.
*If you use assistive technology, you may not be able to access information in this file. For help, contact us at 800-221-9393.