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Medical Service Corps (MSC)

Navy MSC Program

Navy Medical Service Corps Insignia

Those selected to the Medical Service Corps will receive five weeks of military orientation training at the Naval Officer Development School (ODS), Newport, Rhode Island. Aerospace physiologists and aerospace experimental psychologists will be ordered to the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI) for six months duty under instruction in aerospace physiology/psychology, after completion of ODS.

MSC Qualifications

Applicants must be a citizen of the United States. Active and Reserve Medical Service Corps applicants must be commissioned before their 42nd birthday. The Commander, Navy Recruiting Command has the age waiver authority for applicants between ages 42 and 57 on a limited, case-by-case basis.

Applicants must meet physical standards for appointment as prescribed in the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15. Candidates must meet the physical fitness weight and/or percentage of body fat standards at the time of application and at time of commissioning.

The minimum professional requirements for appointment are as follows:

Health Care Administrators

Applicants must have a Master's Degree with a major in Health Care, Hospital or Health Service Administration, Health Policy or a Master's in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration with a GPA of 3.0 or greater. Programs must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) (see www.cahme.org), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) (see www.aacsb.edu), or the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) (see www.ceph.org). Masters Degrees of Public Administration with an emphasis in health care administration accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) (see www.naspaa.org) are also accepted.

Candidates with masters programs not accredited as mentioned above may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Latitude may be given to access "exceptionally qualified" candidates who have obtained a Master's in Business Administration or Public Health, with a concentration in health management or health administration disciplines. These programs must show specific concentration in health care and candidates must have work experience in a health care related field. Residency completion and employment experience in Health Care Administration (Hospital or outpatient clinic setting, with a PPO, HMO, or a Managed Care Organization) is highly desired.

"Exceptionally qualified" applicants having a Baccalaureate Degree with a major in Health Care, Hospital or Health Service Administration, Health Policy or Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration will be considered on a limited case-by-case basis. Programs accredited by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) (see www.aupha.org) are highly desired. Online degrees do not meet this requirement. Candidates with programs not accredited as mentioned above may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Active Duty candidates having a Baccalaureate Degree must submit a GRE or GMAT score in which the minimum GMAT score is 525 or the minimum GRE score is 1050 (pre-August 2011 exams)/ 303 (post-August 2011 exams). When possible, selectees will be assigned to large teaching medical treatment facilities and will be considered and evaluated for mentoring programs. Upon approval of the Officer Community Manager, selectees may directly matriculate to the Army/Baylor or Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) Master's Degree Program in Health Services Administration prior to first assignment. Officers recruited under this section who do not immediately attend the Army/Baylor or USUHS Program should be counseled on duty under instruction to obtain a Master's level degree by their administrative director and encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Health Care and Science

There are 21 fields associated with this section. Those who possess an interest and an advanced degree in the areas of Aerospace Experimental Psychology, Aerospace Physiology, Audiology, Biochemistry/Toxicology, Clinical Psychology, Dietetics, Entomology, Environmental Health, Industrial Hygiene, Medical Technology, Microbiology, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Physiology, Podiatry, Radiation Health, Research Psychology and/or Social Worker (Licensed clinical) should contact a Navy Officer Recruiter for each program's individual education requirement.

Student and Fellowship Programs (Active Duty Applicants Only)

Clinical Psychology Pre-Doctoral Internship Program: Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program (Ph.D. or PsyD) in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from a university or professional school program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Applicants must have successfully passed their comprehensive examinations and, by the commencement of internship, must have completed all didactic and clinical practice required for internship eligibility. Most applicants will not have completed all practice, courses or doctoral dissertation at the time of their application, but they must be deemed eligible to apply for internship by their Training Director. Applicants will be commissioned as a Lieutenant and incur a four year service obligation (including the one year internship). Applicants are expected to obtain licensure within eighteen months following completion of the internship. Officers who do not obtain licensure within eighteen months of fellowship completion may be subject to separation.

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student Program: Candidates are selected annually for accession into the Navy, Medical Service Corps, and subsequent matriculation in the USUHS Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology. Applicants must possess a Baccalaureate or Master's Degree from an accredited college or university. Candidates must have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A minimum combined score of 300 or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and a score of four or greater on the Analytical Writing section are recommended.

Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program: Applicants must have completed all requirements for a Doctoral Degree (Ph.D. or PsyD) in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from a university or professional school program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), including doctoral dissertation and pre-doctoral internship, prior to the start of the postdoctoral fellowship. For applicants whose internship was not APA accredited, waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis, to be determined by the post-doctoral fellowship Training Director. Applicants whose doctoral program was not APA accredited will not be considered. Applicants will be selected to attend the one year post-doctoral fellowship at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth. Applicants will be commissioned as a Lieutenant and incur a four-year obligation (including the one year fellowship). Applicants are expected to attain licensure within six months following completion of the post-doctoral fellowship. Officers who do not obtain licensure within six months of fellowship completion may be subject to separation.

Physical Therapy Student Program: 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. 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, eight semester hours of Physics with a lab, eight semester hours of Chemistry with a lab, six semester hours of Psychology, three semester hours of Social Sciences, and three semester hours of Statistics. Waivers are required for applicants with prerequisites and overall GPAs of less than 3.1. 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 1000 and verbal scores of less than 450.

Social Work Student Program: A limited number of candidates without degrees in social work may be selected annually for accession in the Navy MSC, and subsequent matriculation in the Army-Fayetteville MSW Program. Applicants must possess a liberal arts focused undergraduate degree (Biology, English, Humanities, Behavioral Science, or Basic Science) with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants must have completed the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the past five years, with minimum score of 900.

Active Duty Obligation

Three years from the date of appointment, and the balance of the eight years total may be served in a ready reserve status.

Information obtained from Navy MSC Program Authorization 115 dated December 2011. See an Officer Recruiter for further details.
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