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Typical Assignments

  • Bethesda, Maryland Yokosuka and Okinawa, Japan

  • San Diego and Camp Pendleton, California Iwakuni and Sasebo, Japan

  • Bremerton, Washington Guam, Mariana Island

  • Portsmouth, Virginia

  • Camp Lejune, North Carolina


Navy Optometrists are stationed at military treatment facilities worldwide, providing comprehensive ocular examinations, including evaluation of ocular health and the prescription of glasses and contact lenses.

Basic Requirements

  • Doctor of Optometry degree from a college or university accredited by the Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association.

  • Licensed to practice Optometry in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

Preferred Requirements

  • Graduate school GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

  • Licensed experienced optometrists.

  • Affiliation with national professional organizations.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Take advantage of opportunities for treating submariner and aviation personnel.

  • Become eligible for vision research and laboratory management positions.

  • Opportunity to serve as an aerospace optometrist. Must be medically qualified and complete a 6 month training course at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, Florida.

Typical Assignments

  • Great Lakes, Illinois Yokosuka and Okinawa, Japan

  • San Diego, California Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

  • Norfolk, Virginia Guam, Mariana Island


Navy Pharmacists practice pharmaceutical care in a wide variety of hospitals and clinics, ranging from large teaching hospitals and small clinics to serving on a 1,000- bed hospital ship, when it’s deployed. Pharmacists can get experience in drug information services, drug use evaluations, sterile products, unit dose distribution, interventions, patient counseling, administration and much more.

Basic Requirements

  • Baccalaureate or Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited college or university and have a current license in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

  • Applicants may also have a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) Certificate and have a current license in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

  • Active component Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP) graduates shall take licensure exam prior to Officer Development School and must receive licensure within one year of entry onto active duty. All others shall be licensed prior to commissioning.

Preferred Requirements

  • Applicants with two or more years of hospital experience, or a residency in Pharmacy Practice.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Take advantage of two American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited residency programs available annually.

  • Become eligible for full-time out-service training programs for Master’s and Post-BS Pharmaceutical Degrees.

  • Manage effective medication regimens with the highest measure of safety and efficiency.

  • Acquire clinical and administrative skills that will promote your advancement in the field.

Typical Assignments

  • Bethesda, Maryland Rota, Spain

  • San Diego, California Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

  • Portsmouth, Virginia Guam, Mariana Island


Primary duties for Navy Physical Therapists include the practice of comprehensive orthopedics for Sailors and Marines in a wide variety of settings. Practice settings include Naval Hospitals and clinics in the U.S. and overseas, aircraft carriers and Navy and Marine Corps Special Operations Units.

Basic Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from an institution accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

  • Applicant should possess a current license as a physical therapist or registration a physical therapist in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

Preferred Requirements

  • Previous experience as a Physical Therapist (constructive credit for work experience now offered to Physical Therapists).

  • Letter of recommendation from an active-duty Physical Therapist.

  • Professional and personal recommendations (letter of reference from professor(s) for new graduates and letter of reference from supervisors in physical therapy for workforce applicants.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Specialize in orthopedics, sports, electromyography, and manual therapy.

  • Take on clinical and management positions throughout the world.

  • On a limited basis, pursue advanced degrees in physical therapy or related fields.

  • Partner with first-rate health-care providers such as, physicians and occupational therapists.

Typical Assignments

  • Portsmouth, Virginia Rota, Spain

  • San Diego, California Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

  • Great Lakes, Illinois Sigonella, Italy

  • Jacksonville, Florida Bremerton, Washington


A limited number of candidates without degrees in physical therapy may be selected annually for accession in the Navy MSC, and subsequent matriculation in the Army/Baylor University Program in physical therapy.

Basic Requirements

  • Applicants must possess a Baccalaureate Degree or be in the final semester prior to receiving a degree, with no more than two prerequisite courses remaining to complete at the time of the selection board. Prerequisite course requirements include: 3-4 semester hours of Anatomy with a lab, 3-4 semester hours of Physiology, 3-4 semester hours of Biology with a lab, 8 semester hours of Physics with a lab, 8 semester hours of Chemistry with a lab, 6 semester hours of Psychology, 3 semester hours of Social Sciences, and 3 semester hours of Statistics.

  • Waivers are required for applicants with prerequisites and overall GPAs of less than 3.10.

  • Applicants must have completed the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) including the analytical writing portion. Waivers are required for those with cumulative scores of less than 1,000 and verbal scores of less than 450.

Preferred Requirements

  • Applicants selected to attend this program have had a mean overall GPA of 3.67 on a four point scale.

  • It is recommended that the applicant complete a minimum of 100 observation hours in a variety of clinical practice settings.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Army Baylor’s acceptance rate for applicants meeting all prerequisites has averaged 36% across the past 5 years. Army Baylor’s matriculation rate during this time has averaged 96%. Graduation rate is 97% across the past ten years.

  • Army Baylor’s national licensing exam ultimate pass rate is 100% across the past 10 years. The first time pass rate has averaged 97% for all graduates across the past 5 years

Location of Program

  • Fort Sam Houston, Texas


Navy Physician Assistants, while practicing medicine under the guidelines of a supervising physician, work as an integral part of the Navy’s health care delivery team. Physician Assistants utilize their skills, knowledge and experience to obtain complete medical histories, perform comprehensive exams, order and initially interpret diagnostic laboratory and X-ray studies, plan and initiate thorough treatment regimens encountered in all areas of primary care medicine.

Basic Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from a university or college that is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARCPA) and have successfully passed the Physician Assistant National Certification examination (PANCE) and be currently certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

  • Exceptionally qualified and PANCE/NCCPA certified applicants with a Baccalaureate degree in Physician Assistant studies will be considered on a case by case basis.

Preferred Requirements

  • Professional and personal recommendations.

  • Previous work experience as a physical assistant.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Be assigned to all types of medical treatment facilities in the United States, overseas and on numerous operational units (sea tours are part of the PA career progression and are two years in length).

  • Apply for postgraduate specialty training under established guidelines for Medical Service Corps Officers.

  • Get financial assistance for continuing medical education and recertification exams.

Typical Assignments

  • Camp Lejune, North Carolina Guam, Mariana Island

  • Camp Pendleton, California Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii

  • Great Lakes, Illinois Yokosuka and Okinawa, Japan


Navy Physiologists apply innovative technologies in physiology and medicine to perform basic and applied research associated with the physiological challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps Personnel. These areas include but are not limited to the stresses associated with military environments (e.g., temperature, altitude, pressure, and acceleration) in both human and animal models. As vital members of research and development teams, Navy Physiologists design, conduct, and manage research projects, as well as educate and train medical personnel

Basic Requirements

  • Doctorate degree in Physiology with a strong background in research. Consideration will be given to those with doctoral degrees in related fields such as pharmacology or biomedical engineering if systems physiology has been emphasized in research or graduate work. Major emphasis is on, but not limited to, research in cardiovascular, respiratory, hyperbaric, and neurophysiology with some research in exercise physiology.

Preferred Requirements

  • Undergraduate emphasis on physical sciences or mathematics is desirable.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Successful publication record in peer-reviewed journals.

  • One or two year’s postdoctoral experience in physiology research.

  • Strong professional recommendations.

  • Professional versatility, willing and capable of redirecting research goals every three to four years.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Key member of research teams in Navy Medicine and joint research environments

  • Manage large medical research and development programs

  • Become trained in acquisition or project management

Typical Assignments

  • Silver Spring, MD Panama City, Florida

  • Bethesda, Maryland Groton, Connecticut

  • San Diego, California Arlington, Virginia


Naval Podiatrists are members of the medical team dedicated to maintaining operational readiness of our fighting forces, as well as treating service members and families. Podiatrists in the U.S. Navy can practice within the full medical and surgical scopes of the profession and are afforded treatment opportunities at their respective treatment facilities.

Basic Requirements

  • Applicants must be a graduate of a college of podiatry accredited by the Council on Education of the American Podiatry Association.

  • Current Licensure in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia is required upon entry onto active duty.

  • Completion of a two year surgical residency approved by the American podiatry Medical Association is required.

Preferred Requirements

  • Completion of a three year surgical residency approved by the American podiatry Medical Association is highly desired.

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (undergraduate).

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (Podiatric Medical School).

  • Hospital staffing with privileges and credentials in good standing.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • As Naval Officers, Podiatrists are charged with roles of leadership, both within their area of medical expertise and throughout the broad Navy medical community.

  • Assignment opportunities include major treatment facilities, branch clinics, Navy and Marine Corps recruit depots as well as overseas duty.

Typical Assignments

  • Mayport, Florida Sigonella, Italy

  • Bethesda, Maryland Okinawa, Japan

  • Beaufort, South Carolina

  • Great Lakes, Illinois

  • San Diego, California

  • Jacksonville, North Carolina


Navy Radiation Health Officers (RHOs) serve in a variety of roles involving the safe use of radiation producing equipment and radioactive materials. Career progress requires increasing levels of responsibility and leadership in the management of a radiation protection programs, basic/applied research, clinical medical physics and industrial/environmental oversight.

Basic Requirements

  • Baccalaureate Degree with a major in radiation health, radiobiology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, nuclear engineering or biology (which must include acceptable course work in physics or calculus)

  • Experience with radiation protection programs and additional coursework will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Preferred Requirements

  • Science degree with GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale.

  • Advanced degree in health or medical physics preferred.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Pursue opportunities available at shore-based commands as well as on forward-deployed ships and at hospitals overseas.

  • Develop technical management skills needed for leadership positions within Navy Medicine or in the private sector.

  • Serve as an instructor in a number of training programs for technicians, physicians and medical students.

  • Attain experience requirements for board certification under the mentorship of senior RHOs.

Typical Assignments

  • Jacksonville, Florida Naples, Italy

  • Everett, Washington Yokosuka, Japan

  • Portsmouth, Virginia Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

  • San Diego, California


There are approximately two dozen Active Duty Navy Research Psychologists. Research Psychologists are key members of research and development (R&D) teams delivering operational products that dramatically impact the health, safety, and operational performance of Fleet and Marine Corps forces. While there are many possible career paths, early positions often involve research in laboratory and field settings on variables affecting aspects of human performance in military systems.

Basic Requirements

  • Ph.D. in psychology with a concentration in cognitive, experimental, social, industrial/organizational, human factors engineering, personnel, neuroscience, physiological, or a related area of psychology. Applicants who have completed the degree requirements and have passed their dissertation final defense will be considered.

  • Applicants who have completed a Psy.D in cognitive, experimental, social, industrial /organizational, human factors engineering, personnel, neuroscience, physiological, or a related area of psychology with a strong background in quantitative and research methods will be considered.

  • For the Reserve Component, applicants who have completed a Master's Degree in one of these areas and four years of commissioned service as a Research Psychologist may be considered.

Preferred Requirements

  • Evidence of professional versatility, flexibility and broad interests within the field of Psychology.

  • Demonstrated expertise in research design, methodology, execution and statistical analysis.

  • Strong academic record, strong early record of publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals and outstanding professional recommendations.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Become eligible for positions involving policy development, research management and oversight, and program evaluation. Manage large R&D efforts in laboratories and provide staff assistance related to human performance, training and personnel issues.

  • Take advantage of senior officer opportunities for medical department leadership positions, including command of Navy Medical Research and Development Laboratories.

Typical Assignments

  • Bethesda, Maryland Arlington, Virginia

  • Washington, District of Columbia San Diego, California


Navy Social Workers work within both Medical Treatment Facilities (MTF) and Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSC). The focus of Social Work within an MTF varies between medical surgical, counseling services and the administrative duties of managing a department. Social Work practice within an FFSC is strictly providing behavioral health related services. All Navy active duty Social Workers are licensed independent providers and must be privileged in accordance with CNIC and BUMED policy.

Basic Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from a graduate school of Social Work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

  • Minimum of two years full-time post-master’s degree supervised clinical social work experience.

  • Must have the highest licensure/certification as a clinical social worker offered by the jurisdiction where practicing; that license/certification must allow the social worker to practice independently.

Preferred Requirements

  • Mental health experience with a strong background in clinical diagnosis and treatment intervention is the preferred requirement. Additionally, it is preferred that a candidate have direct experience working with evidenced based treatment interventions to include prolonged exposure and cognitive process therapy. These interventions are foundational to working with the Wounded, Ill and Injured populations and their family members.

  • A general knowledge and experience working with family violence.

  • Supervisory program management or other leadership experience.

  • Knowledge, skill and comfort in working with diverse populations from various cultural backgrounds.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Pursue advanced education in post-master’s clinical fellowships.


The MSC Navy Social Work Program has developed the Health Sciences Collegiate Program (HSCP) to assist with increasing the number of active duty Navy Social Workers. This is a two year post-Master’s program which allows a candidate to obtain their social work license while on active duty.

Basic Requirements

  • Applicants must possess a Master’s degree in Social Work from a Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited school.

  • The HSCP locations are: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA, and, The Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL.

  • If attending either the Walter Reed National Medical Military Center or Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, the candidate must obtain an LGSW from the state of Maryland prior to starting the internship.

Preferred Requirements

  • Background working with the Wounded Warrior population, training in trauma related therapeutic interventions from the VA or another clinical facility

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • HSCP Interns enter the Navy as active duty enlisted at the rate of E-6 and receive full pay and benefits for the rank of E-6. A uniform is not required while an HSCP Intern.

  • Upon successful completion of the HSCP Internship, the candidate is commissioned and attends Officer’s Development School (ODS) in Newport, RI prior to reporting to their first assignment.

Typical Assignments

  • World- wide assignable.

HSCP is designed to provide financial incentive for college students in the health care allied professions to complete Master’s or Doctoral degree requirements and obtain a commission in the Medical Service Corps. Eligible specialties in the Medical Service Corps are: Healthcare Administration, Environmental Health, Industrial Hygiene, Audiology (Residency), Social Work (Internship), Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Podiatric Residency, Entomology, and Physician Assistant.
Basic Requirements

  • Must be a United States citizen.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old and able to complete degree/certification
    requirements and be commissioned prior to 42nd birthday.

  • Must meet Navy physical requirements and pass a military entrance physical

  • Applicants must be enrolled in or accepted for transfer to an accredited college or university in a course of study for a designated health profession. Must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Selectees complete their studies/training as full-time students attending all
    normal school sessions (two semesters or three quarters). Selectees must maintain a
    cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 after selection. Official transcripts must be submitted to the Navy upon completion of each school term. Degree/certification requirements must be fulfilled within specified time for your field of study. Selectees must have an approved degree/course of study completion plan approved by Commander Navy Recruiting Command.

  • Selectees must obligate to serve a minimum of three years active duty from the date of commissioning for any one, two or three year program. Selectees enrolled in a four-year program will have an active duty obligation of four years from the date of commissioning.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Selectees will be placed in an active duty status, receiving full pay and allowances (except clothing allowance). Tuition, books, and other school expenses are the responsibility of the individual.

  • Full medical and dental benefits for selectee and his/her dependents.

  • Full access to military bases, facilities, and services including commissary and exchange
    (grocery and department store).

  • This is not ROTC; you do not have to wear a uniform to class.

School Assignment:

  • Attend a school of your choosing; the school must be an accredited college, university, or school of study for a designated health profession. On-line/distant learning degree programs do not meet this requirement.

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