Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Pharmacist Professional Advisory Committee

Student Programs

The United States Public Health Service (USPHS), in cooperation with many of its partner organizations, has a number of student programs available. This includes Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (COSTEP) opportunities, senior pharmacy rotations, and pharmacy residencies.


The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps offers two excellent opportunities for students to serve their country while completing or continuing their education. If you are interested in a public health career, we encourage you to apply to the Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP) or Senior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (SRCOSTEP). Additional details concerning these opportunities are available on the COSTEP webpage.

Senior Rotations

Currently several federal agencies offer extern rotations to last year pharmacy students. Students interested in externship assignments should contact their school externship/rotation coordinator. If the school does not have an agreement with the desired program, or to try another location, have the rotation coordinator contact the appropriate program manager at the desired federal agency.

Click here for information about available programs:


For additional information on any of the listed residency programs, contact the respective Agency Point of Contact at the bottom of the Pharmacist Leading the Way document.

  • Indian Health Service Residency Program - The Indian Health Service offers ASHP accredited residencies in pharmacy practice, ambulatory care, and primary care. More information about IHS pharmacy residencies is available at the Indian Health Service Residency Program website.
  • Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Residency Program - The Bureau of Prisons offers ASHP accredited residency in pharmacy practice. More information about BOP pharmacy residency is available at the BOP website.

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