Sites: Eligibility


To apply to become an NHSC site, make sure that your facility is an eligible site type and can meet the following requirements:

  • Physically located in a Federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and serving the population of that HPSA. The HPSA must correspond to the services provided at that site (e.g., a site providing dental services must be in a designated dental HPSA). 
    To determine if your facility is located in a HPSA:
  • Be a primary care outpatient facility, or a CMS-certified Critical Access Hospital that provides medical, dental or mental and behavioral health services.
  • Utilize a qualified discounted/sliding fee schedule and have had it in place for at least 12 months.
  • Not deny services to an individual based on inability to pay or enrollment in Medicare, Medicaid, or a state Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP).
  • Utilize a credentialing process that includes, at a minimum, reference review, licensure verification, and a query of the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB).
  • Prominently display a statement in common areas (and on the website, if applicable) that explicitly states that
    •  No one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay; and 
    •  A discounted/sliding fee schedule is available.

An official representative of the applying site must read the NHSC Site Reference Guide (PDF - 536 KB) and must comply with the program requirements as listed in the NHSC Site Agreement in the Guide's Appendix.