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Career Paths and Benefits

United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

Nurses who choose this path become Nurse Officers in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps. The USPHS Commission Corps is one of the seven uniformed services that work throughout the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. If you choose to pursue this career option, USPHS commissioned corps benefits are generous covering comprehensive health care and dental benefits.


  • $20,000-$25,000 accession bonus with 3-4-year active duty agreement
  • Thirty days paid vacation per year
  • Paid Sick leave as needed
  • Comprehensive health and dental care at no cost
  • Tax-free housing allowance
  • Retirement plan with benefits eligibility beginning after 20 years of service
  • Thrift savings (contributory) retirement
  • Low-cost life insurance

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Pass Physical exam and extensive background check
  • Be less than 44 years of age at the time of commissioning
  • A qualifying bachelors degree in nursing or master's degree in nursing (with no qualifying bachelor's degree) accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • A Current, unrestricted and valid Registered Nurse (RN) license from a U.S. State; the District of Columbia; Commonwealth, Territory or other Jurisdiction.
For information about Comissioned Corps opportunities, Please visit:
U.S. Public Health Service Recruitment Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving
1101 Wootton Parkway
Plaza level
Rockville, MD 20852

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