Nurses

If you are interested in becoming an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, please note that applications for specific professions are accepted based on the current needs of the Corps. Please visit our How to Apply page for updates on which professions are currently being accepted.



Nurse giving patient an injection

As a nurse officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, you will have experiences in your profession, in the community, and in the Nation that are not available in traditional or private practice settings. Nurse officers are valued for their resourcefulness and initiative, performing inpatient and outpatient clinical services for those who have served our country, and those who are among the Nation’s most underserved. You can serve the Nation during public health emergencies, conduct research, review new drugs, impact health policy, and gain clinical leadership while further developing your skills in your profession. As part of a national team of committed health care professionals, you’ll enjoy leadership opportunities, excellent benefits, and work/life balance, all while improving the health of the Nation.

“There are so many opportunities for nurses in the Commissioned Corps. We serve as leaders in clinical, educational, research, and senior management roles throughout the Corps. In an ever changing healthcare system, we meet the challenge every day with evidenced-based practice and prevention strategies to protect, promote and advance the health and safety of the Nation.”

REAR ADMIRAL Sylvia Trent Adams
Chief Nurse Officer
U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

Salary and Benefits

For the most part, Commissioned Corps officers enjoy the same benefits as their counterparts in their sister uniform services. Among the many benefits officers receive are:

  • Competitive starting pay that increases with promotions and years of service
  • Loan repayment potential
  • Health care and dental care for officers at no cost
  • Low-cost health care and dental care for your family
  • Healthcare benefits continue during retirement
  • Low-cost group life insurance
  • Thirty days of paid vacation per year – beginning the first year
  • Paid sick leave, maternity leave, and Federal holidays
  • Retirement plan with benefits elegibility beginning after 20 years of service
  • Thrift Savings Plan (retirement saving and investment plan similar to 401(k))

Page Last Modified on 9/5/2014