Job Requirements



Basic Requirements

  • U.S. native or naturalized citizen
  • Less than 44 years of age (this may be adjusted based on eligible federal PHS civil service and uniform service active duty time)*
  • Less than 8 years of prior active duty service in any uniformed service other than the Commissioned Corps*
  • Meet suitability, professional, medical and security requirements

* The process to become a commissioned Corps officer may take up to a year. Candidates who exceed the age, prior service or civil service maximums during the application process should be aware that waivers are not generally approved.

Degrees and Licensure

Specialty Degrees Licensure/Registration/Certification
Occupational Therapy Bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in occupational therapy (entry level) earned from a school or college of occupational therapy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) at the time of graduation Current, unrestricted, and valid certification/registration by the American Occupational Therapy Association Licensed by state
Physical Therapy Bachelor's, master's, or doctoral (D.P.T.) degree in physical therapy earned from a school or college of physical therapy accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) Current, unrestricted, and valid license/registration as a physical therapist by any state
Speech-language Pathology Master's degree in speech-language pathology earned from a school or college of speech-language pathology accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) Current, unrestricted, and valid certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Audiology Master's or doctoral degree in audiology earned from a school or college of audiology accredited by the CAA Current, unrestricted, and valid certification by the American Board of Audiology or the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Respiratory Therapy Bachelor's or master's degree in respiratory therapy from a school or college of respiratory therapy accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC) or Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) at the time of graduation Active, current, unrestricted, and valid Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) license from any U.S. State, territory, commonwealth, or District of Columbia, and the RRT program must be recognized by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). It should be noted that a certified or registered pulmonary function technician/technologist is not a qualifying certification.

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