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.


Doctorate level degrees in a scientific or health-related specialty from an accredited University usually approved in American Universities and Colleges (published by the American Council on Education) are accepted. If a qualifying doctoral degree is in any of the disciplines or professions requiring licensure, a current unrestricted and valid license from a U.S. State is required.