Hospital Privileges

Hospital Privileges designation identifies those psychologists with the the National Register credential (Registrants) who have additionally shown that they hold current clinical privileges on the staff of at least one medical facility (e.g., a general medical hospital, a psychiatric hospital, substances abuse facility).

The National Register uses the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities guidelines and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organization (JCAHO) definition of a hospital staff member as standards for assessing hospital appointments. JCAHO defines a hospital staff member as “any individual who is permitted by law and who is also permitted by the hospital to provide patient care services independently.”

Criteria for Hospital Privileges designation:

  • Credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and submission of a complete Hospital Privileges application
  • Current appointment to a medical/professional staff at a medical, psychiatric, substance abuse, or rehabilitation facility
  • Privileges that reflect the authorization to administer patient care, independently or under supervision
  • Primary responsibilities must be patient care and not teaching or research