U.S. Army Health Professions Scholarship Program

Home Logo: U.S. ARMY RECRUITING COMMANDThe U.S. Army Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) offers the opportunity to pursue a successful health care career at one of the largest and most advanced medical facilities in the country. The U.S. Army offers some of the most generous and comprehensive scholarships available in health care today – if you are interested in becoming a physician, dentist, veterinarian, optometrist, clinical or counseling psychologist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, you can earn a full-tuition scholarship to any accredited Medical school program. During academic breaks, you will gain hands-on experience from leaders in the field of medicine in one of many advanced health care organizations across the country. After graduation, you will be eligible for highly sought residency training programs and receive coverage for things like insurance, malpractice coverage, and overhead.


To qualify for an HPSP scholarship, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited school
  • Be enrolled in or have a letter of acceptance or intent from an accredited graduate program located in the United States or Puerto Rico
  • Maintain full-time student status during the entire length of the program
  • Qualify as a commissioned officer in the U.S. ArmyReserve


As a student, you will receive:

  • School tuition paid 100%
  • Reimbursement for books, laboratory equipment, and academic fees
  • Sign-on bonus of $20,000
  • Monthly stipend of $2,540 for 10.5 months
  • Full Officer’s pay during academic breaks

Upon graduation, benefits will include:

  • Full-time Officer Salary annually (geographically determined)
  • Post-Graduate opportunities in various fellowships after completion of Residency
  • No-cost medical care for you and your family; low cost dental for your family
  • Flexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401K
  • 30 days of Paid Vacation earned annually


Full-time Student – While attending school, you are expected to be a dedicated full-time student, putting your best effort toward your studies.

Army Reserve Officer – All HPSP students enter the program as a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve. Being an army officer will be an important part of your professional education for six weeks out of the year.

Additional training – After your first year of school and completion of the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Basic Officer Leaders Course (BOLC), you will have the opportunity to perform clinical rotations in Army health care facilities for up to six weeks each year during the next two years of school. This is part of your active duty training.


Your period of military service to the Army is a minimum of two years or one year for each year you receive the HPSP, whichever is longer. Your minimum period of service on active duty depends on the health care field you choose.

Medical students: After you graduate from medical school and complete graduate medical education, you will serve a minimum of two years as an active duty Army physician for up to two years of your scholarship participation.

Dental, clinical or counseling psychology, optometry, and veterinary students: The minimum period of active duty is three years.


It is recommended to apply for HPSP scholarships concurrently when applying for medical school, but applications are open until scholarships are no longer available. The application process can take 1-3 months.

To apply or learn more, contact Sergeant First Class Felipe Ornelas at:

US Army Health Care Recruiting Station
495 Summer Street, Suite 112
Boston, MA 02210
Tel: 617-485-9128
E-mail: felipe.b.ornelas.mil@army.mil

To learn more, visit https://recruiting.army.mil/mrb/


By Willa Mayo
Willa Mayo Recruiting Coordinator, Employer Relations