U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Indian Health Service: The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives
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Aberdeen Area


From the beauty and serenity of the Great Plains, we seek health care professionals who desire a rewarding career and a partnership with the Native American people. In the Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service, we are uniquely positioned to offer state-of-the-art medical facilities within a rich cultural setting. Delivering truly needed primary care and preventive services to the people of this unique land presents many challenges and opportunities.


  • Indian Health Service - Nursing
    The nursing division of the Indian Health Service offers information in loan repayment, job opportunities, continuing education, to name a few.

  • Indian Health Service - Physicians
    The physicians division of the Indian Health Service.

  • Indian Health Service - Dental
    The Oral Health division of the Indian Health Service offers information in career paths, loan repayment, job opportunities, temporary opportunities, and continuing education, to list just a few.

  • Indian Health Service - Pharmacy
    The pharmacy program in the Indian Health Service offers a good deal of general information about the program. A fraction of these topics include, job opportunities, benefits and pay, loan repayment, promotions, and qualifications.

  • Commissioned Corps Exit Disclaimer – You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov The Commissioned Corps achieves its mission through rapid and effective response to public health needs, leadership and excellence in public health practices, and the advancement of public health science.



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Frequently Asked Employment Questions:

Can a commissioned officer or civil service employee be hired by a tribe?
Yes. The commissioned officer obtains a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between specific tribal organization and the Indian Health Service (IHS). A civil service employee obtains a Interagency Personnel Agreement (IPA) between specific tribal organization and IHS. Both agreements are worked through our personnel office.

What is the Indian Health Service?
The Indian Health Service (IHS), is part of the Federal government, the agency of the U.S. Public Health Service that provided comprehensive health care to American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The goal of the IHS is to elevate AI/ANs' health status to the highest attainable level. Towards this end, it strives to ensure equitable delivery of health care and to assist in,

  • defining their health needs
  • establishing health priorities for local areas, and
  • providing quality management for their health programs.

What is the difference between civil service and commissioned corps?
To learn the difference between Civil Service and Commissioned Corps, please click the following link.

When an individual is hired at an Indian Health Service operated facility, what type of an employee are you?
Employees at Indian Health Service operated facilities are employees of the Federal government and can choose either the Civil Service or Commissioned Corps employment systems.

When an individual is hired at a tribal operated facility, is that considered a direct hire?
Direct hires are employees of the specific Tribe, therefore salaries and benefits vary according to the Tribe and the site location.

Are additional benefits available to Indian Health Service nurses?
The Indian Health Service offers loan repayment to qualified nurses, up to $20,000 + 20% for taxes per year of paid service at an Indian Health Service facility, for a minimum two-year commitment. The funds are to be used towards repayment of government and commercial loans for nursing education. When available, Indian Health Service nurses also have the opportunity to apply and participate in long-term training and continuing education in advanced nursing practice, management and anesthesia. These opportunities are limited and competitive.

What about opportunities for student nurses?
Through COSTEP, the US Public Health Service's Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program, third and fourth year students can work for one to four months per year in patient care, research, policy or administrative projects. Commissioned students earn valuable professional experience and a generous salary.

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