As a result of the current Federal government funding situation, the information on this website may not be up to date or acted upon. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at www.opm.gov . Despite the lapse in appropriations, IHS will continue to provide direct clinical health care services as well as referrals for contracted services that cannot be provided through IHS clinics. For more information on how IHS is impacted, visit: HHS Contingency Plan
The federal government also offers a career path through the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service (USPHS). Health professionals interested in pursuing this path will serve as a commissioned officer assigned to the Indian Health Service for a minimum two-year service commitment.
The USPHS is one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States. However, it is not a branch of the Armed Forces. It provides a spectrum of outstanding federal benefits available to all Uniformed Services.
- Accession bonus (sign-up bonus) varies by specialty and requirement.
- 30 days paid vacation.
- 10 paid federal holidays.
- Sick leave as needed.
- Comprehensive health care.
- Tax-free subsistence housing allowance.
- No-cost malpractice coverage.
- Non-contributory retirement.
- Thrift savings (contributory) retirement.
- Annual continuing education where available.
- Space-available flights on military aircraft.
- US citizenship.
- Meet current physical, medical, and security requirements
- Must be under 44 at the time of commission.
- Bachelor's of science in nursing or a master's of science in nursing (with no qualifying baccalaureate degree) from a nursing program that is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
- Current, unrestricted, and valid Registered Nurse license from one of the 50 States; Washington, DC; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; the U.S. Virgin Islands; or Guam
- Passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
Visit the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) website for more information on employment and benefits as a Commissioned Corps officer.