Clinical and Rehabilitation Therapists

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.



Therapist assisting young child

As a Commissioned Corps clinical and rehabilitation therapist officer specializing in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, audiology, or respiratory therapy, you will treat patients in a variety of clinical and geographical settings. The variety of patients and clinical pathologies you evaluate and treat will be incredibly gratifying and challenging. You can assist victims of natural and/or man-made disasters and other public health emergencies, providing them with the vital physical and mental health care they will need to recover. You will also have opportunities to educate underserved communities how to lead healthier lifestyles, conduct research, and develop national health policies. As part of a fellowship of dedicated health care professionals, you will make a real difference while serving your country. And you will enjoy excellent benefits and work/life balance.

“Our citizens face daily threats to their longevity and quality of life...In treatment, therapists focus both on restoring function to those who have lost it as a result of illness or injury and preventing a decline in function in at-risk individuals. I can envision no better group than the therapists of the Commissioned Corps to promote healthy lifestyles and provide ready response to emergencies.”

CAPTAIN Scott Gaustad
Chief Therapist 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 2/3/2014