Indian Health Services

Nationwide Pharmacist Opportunities with Indian Health Services

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the U.S. Public Health Service Agency responsible for providing health services to approximately 1.5 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to more than 557 federally recognized tribes in 35 states. Presently, IHS and tribally managed programs operate in over 230 hospitals and ambulatory clinics. This task is complicated by the broad cultural, economic and geographic diversity of the groups served. As a result, health programs must be individually designed to address the needs of each community.


The IHS has a number of exciting and fulfilling positions for both new graduates and pharmacists with prior work experience. Pharmacists in IHS practice pharmacy in a program where

  • excellence and innovation are renown
  • professional skills, knowledge and training are fully utilized
  • pharmacists have access to the patient's complete health record while filling prescriptions
  • each patient is provided with medication counseling
  • pharmacists work as peer members of the IHS Health Care Team
  • pharmacists provide primary care to patients
  • one can experience the culture of Native Americans
  • facilities are located in scenic locations across the nation
  • innovative practices and challenges await you

For additional information and a listing of current jobs openings and contacts, please go to the Current Vacancies section of our web site.


IHS residencies offer an excellent opportunity to learn how to be a pharmacist while serving in a progressive practice setting helping to improve the healthcare of Native Americans. Residents enjoy learning in a multidisciplinary and friendly team environment. All IHS residencies are ASHP accredited. For additional information about the IHS Pharmacist Residency Program, including a list of current sites, contacts and the application process, please go to the Residencies section of our website.


The IHS offers three excellent opportunities for students throughout the academic year through the Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP), Senior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (SRCOSTEP) and Senior Year Externship Rotations. All of these programs are highly competitive.

Locations: NATIONWIDE, Nationwide

Practice Settings: Clinical Pharmacy, Hospital (Inpatient), Hospital (Outpatient), Temporary Staffing

Additional Information:

View Indian Health Services Job Board