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North Carolina High Needs Service Bonus (HNSB)

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina Office of Rural Health
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

The HNSB program provides service bonuses for qualified providers in North Carolina without educational loan debt. Recipients must agree to provide comprehensive primary care services in eligible facilities serving high need patients in rural and underserved communities.

Recipients must agree to a 4 year service commitment.

Program guidelines


Eligibility requirements:

  • Employment start date is within 5 years of submitting the application
  • Free of educational loan debt
  • Have an unrestricted license to practice in North Carolina
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Accept Medicaid and Medicare
  • Not currently under an existing service commitment

Eligible providers include:

  • Primary care physicians (MD and DO)
    • Family medicine
    • General internal medicine
    • General surgery (in Critical Access Hospitals only)
    • Obstetrics/gynecology
    • General Pediatrics
    • Psychiatry
  • Dentists
  • Dental hygienists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Certified nurse midwives
Geographic coverage
North Carolina
Amount of funding

Award amounts:

  • Up to $100,000 for physicians and dentists
  • Up to $60,000 for nurse practitioners (including psychiatric), nurse midwives, physician assistants, and dental hygienists
Application process

Apply using the online application.

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Dental workforce · Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses · Oral health · Physician assistants · Physicians · Primary care · Recruitment and retention of health professionals · Surgery · North Carolina

Organizations (2)

  • North Carolina Office of Rural Health, view details
  • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, view details

For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.