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Apply to Become an NHSC Site

Eligible healthcare facilities can apply to become National Health Service Corps (NHSC)-approved sites.

NHSC-approved sites provide outpatient, primary health care services to people in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).

Application Cycles | Before You Apply | Application Sections

Application Edits | After You Apply

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How can you benefit from becoming an NHSC site?

As an NHSC-approved site, we can assist you in your efforts to hire, recruit, and retain clinicians.

When do site application cycles open?

We open a new site application cycle every year for sites we have not previously approved.

How long is the application cycle?

In a typical cycle, you have six to eight weeks to submit your site application.

What should you do before you apply?

What are the sections of the application? 

The NHSC Site Application contains seven sections. You must complete all of them to apply. Contact your state primary care office (state PCO) if you have questions.

Note: If your organization has multiple sites in multiple Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), you must submit a separate application for each location. We review/approve each individually.

Section One: Site Eligibility

  • If your site does not pass the pre-screening portion, you’ll be unable to continue with the rest of the application.
    • Refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Qualification Factors section in the NHSC Site Reference Guide.

Section Two: General Information

  • Enter your site’s name, mailing and email addresses, and other contact information.

Section Three: Points of Contact (POC)

  • We require each site (except: solo private practices) to list two site contacts.
  • At least one POC must be serving in each of the following NHSC roles:
    • Administrator
    • Personnel Verifier, and
    • Recruiter
  • For a POC to submit a site application, they must:
    • Own, oversee, or manage a significant portion of their organization; and
    • Have the ability to answer questions about organization policies and operating procedures.
    Note: If we approve your site, the POC information will be publicly available via the Health Workforce Connector.

Section Four: Program Information

  • Select the appropriate primary care services you provide at your site.
  • Address questions regarding your:

Section Five: HPSA Score Suggestion

  • Determine your appropriate HPSA type.
    • Primary care
    • Dental health
    • Mental/behavioral health
  • Enter in your suggested HPSA score based on verified information found in HPSA Find.
    • NHSC and state PCO staff will verify this information and add all applicable HPSA IDs to the application during the review process.
    • We do not require you to submit this information to submit an application – however, we recommend you consult with your state PCO to verify your HPSA ID and score.

Section Six: Required Documents

  • Upload the following required documents:
    • Policies on Non-Discrimination. Upload a copy of the site’s policies on non-discrimination of patients based upon race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
    • NHSC Comprehensive Behavioral Health Services Checklist (PDF - 554 KB). Review the NHSC Behavioral Health Certification Information Package (PDF - 485 KB). Required for sites that provide behavioral health services.
    • Sliding Fee Schedule Documents. Upload the following:
      • Sliding Fee Discount Program (PDF - 1.4 MB)
      • Patient Application for SFS
      • SFS Policy; include: Ensure that the site’s SFS applies to all residents of your site’s HPSA(s).
        • How your site will advertise the SFS
        • The procedures for patients who wish to apply
        • Policies and procedures on processing applications
    • Proof of Access to Ancillary, Inpatient and Specialty Care. Upload proof of referral arrangements not available on-site.
      • Acceptable documents include:
        • Signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOU)
        • Signed Memorandums of Agreement (MOA)
        • Signed contracts with ancillary, inpatient, and specialty facilities
      • If formal referral arrangements do not exist, the applicant site should provide a finalized description of how it refers patients to ancillary, inpatient, and specialty care.
    • NHSC Site Data Tables. Upload completed NHSC Site Data Tables (PDF – 506 KB) with information on the individual site location.
      • Six continuous months of data
      • Demonstrates site’s sound fiscal management policies
      • If data tables don’t apply to your site, you must provide documentation on letterhead explaining that you provide services free of charge
  • Note: you may not submit these documents after you submit the application.

Section Seven: NHSC Site Agreement

Review and certify your compliance with the NHSC Site Agreement (PDF - 410 KB).

Can you make edits to your application?

You can make edits before you submit your application. In fact, we encourage you to review your application before you submit it to us.

Then, you can make edits, upload new documents--or, even cancel your application.

What edits can you make after the application cycle closes?

None. You may not make changes to your NHSC Site Application after you submit your application.

What happens after you apply?

After you submit your application, your state’s primary care office (PCO) and BHW’s Division of Regional Operations (DRO) will review and evaluate it.

The DRO makes the final decision on whether to approve your NHSC Site Application.

How long does it take us to process your application?

Once you submit your application, we typically process it within six to eight weeks.

Note: It may take longer due to application volume, pre-approval site visit requirements, and the quality of the information you submitted.

How do we determine whether to approve your site?

We approve sites based on the ability to meet the eligibility criteria and further evaluation by the state PCO and the DRO.

How will you find out if we approved your site?

We notify you through the BHW Customer Service Portal.

We will send you information on how to post job positions on the Health Workforce Connector.

Does the approval period expire?

Yes, with the exception of eligible auto-approved NHSC sites.

If we approve your application, it is valid for three years from the date we approve it.

However, your site must remain in a HPSA. And, it must continue to meet the NHSC eligibility requirements and qualification factors.

Contact Us

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