Information for Clinical Assistants
Through the CDS Medical Staff Affairs office, Presbyterian Healthcare Services credentials Clinical Assistants to function at the Hospital in strict compliance with hospital policy and applicable sections of the Medical Staff Bylaws.
Community/independent providers may recruit assistants to assist them in clinical duties while providing patient care in the hospital. Clinical Assistants are only permitted to function in the hospital and under direct supervision of the community/independent provider by whom they are employed.
The following are considered Clinical Assistants:
Certified Surgical Assistant
General and Pediatric Dental Assistant
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Professional Art Therapist
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Oral Maxillofacial Assistant
Registered Nurse (excluding CRNAs)
Surgical First Assists
Prior to assisting their supervising physician, every Clinical Assistant must apply for permission to perform the scope of responsibilities relevant to their training, licensure, and/or work experience. The Office of Medical Staff Affairs manages the credentialing process of Clinical Assistants.
The process of applying is as follows:
Application: Request and complete credentialing application
Credentialing: Includes credentials verification (license, certifications, airways, etc.), verification of work history and/or hospital affiliation, fingerprint clearance letter, a criminal background check and submission of service request (as applicable)
Screening: Includes health screening clearance (annual influenza, immunizations, TB, drug screen and respirator fit (as applicable))
Orientation: Includes orientation (medical staff affairs, departmental, and role-specific) and granting access to facilities (ID badge)
Training: Required training in the Presbyterian Learning Management System (LMS).
Performance Evaluation: Annual competency assessments
Please refer to the appropriate Medical Staff Affairs office with any questions.