Medical Affairs

Apply for Membership

This page provides information to help physicians and allied health professionals apply for membership and clinical privileges at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Minimum Qualifications

  • To be a member of the Medical Staff of Seattle Children's, an individual must be:
    • A graduate of a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) recognized school of medicine, dental medicine, osteopathy, psychology or other applicable professional program. Exception requests will be considered and determined on the basis of equivalence of training to U.S. training programs.
    • Legally licensed to practice in the state of Washington and other sites as required for approved sites of practice.
    • Especially interested, involved and qualified in the care of children.
    • Protected by professional liability insurance in the amount required by the hospital and with an insurer acceptable to the hospital.
  • Medical Staff members must be qualified for or meet the requirements of the American Board of Medical Specialties, American Osteopathic Boards, or equivalent requirements of the American Dental Association or another appropriate professional association or society.

Allied Health Professional Staff

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants who work at Seattle Children's are generally employees of the hospital, and are required to complete the application process for both Seattle Children's employment and membership in the Allied Health Professional Staff.

Application Process

Please contact the Medical Staff Services team for an application. Beginning in May 2022, we are transitioning to an online application (referred to as the HUB). When an application is requested, a form will be emailed to you to gather information required to set up your HUB account. Please reply quickly in order to avoid any delays.

Once the database is updated with the basic information you provided, you will receive an email with a link and instructions for completing the application online on the HUB. NOTE:CHROME is the preferred browser for accessing the HUB. We ask you to complete and submit the application within seven days of receipt.

Late applications may delay final approval and affect your ability to work at Seattle Children's.

The application process begins upon receipt of a completed application, including all required supplements and supporting documents.

Responsibilities of Applicants

  • Complete the online application on the Hub. All entries and attachments must be legible, understandable and substantively responsive on every point of inquiry.
  • Ensure that the application is accurate and complete by informing Medical Staff Services, in writing, of any change in the information provided or new information that might have an effect on candidacy.
  • Assure you respond timely to any requests for clarification or additional information.
  • Carefully read the application and privilege form for any additional supporting documentation requirements.
  • Submit your application and supporting documents within the communicated timeframes.
  • Achieve compliance with Seattle Children's immunization and health screening requirements prior to membership and privileging. Information regarding these requirements can be found on the HUB.

What You Can Expect from Seattle Children’s

Once all required documentation has been submitted and verified, the application will be sent through Seattle Children's approval process.

Applicants will be notified of the Board of Trustees' final decision regarding membership and clinical privileges. The process typically takes less than 60 days.

You will receive a letter from the Board of Trustees when a final decision is made regarding your application and acceptance on Seattle Children's Medical or Allied Health Professional Staff.

You have the right to review your credentials file. Please contact Medical Staff Services at 206-987-5217 to arrange a time for review.You will also be notified within five business days if discrepancies are noted between information you have provided and that which was received through our primary source verification process. You will be asked to provide a written explanation of the discrepancies.

The application process is subject to the requirements of the National Practitioner Data Bank under Title IV of Public Law 99-660, as amended, and stated regulations.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I’ve already provided this information to  another organization, why do I have to complete another application?

Each organization has its own unique credentialing process that meets the organization's patient care needs and the privileges to be granted. In addition to the WPA, each organization may have its own additional forms to complete.

What privileges should I be requesting?

This question is best answered by your contact person within the department or division to which you are applying. Please feel free to contact that person directly.

What’s the difference between hospital affiliations and work history?

Hospital affiliations are facilities where you currently hold or have held clinical privileges.

Work history includes any other organizations where you have been employed, and where clinical privileges were not required. You do not have to repeat your list of hospital affiliations in the Work History section.

Can I submit an application if I do not currently have a Washington state license or DEA registration?

Yes, you can. Although it is helpful to have them at the time of application, they are required prior to approval. We will verify that information prior to final approval of the application. DEA registrations that are "fee-exempt" are not allowed at Seattle Children's. You must have a fee-paid registration. If your role does not require you to proscribe, a fee-paid DEA is not require.

Common Errors and Reasons for Delays in the Application Process

  • Failure to sign or submit all of the required forms within seven days
  • Inaccurate contact information for educational institutions, peers, hospitals or other work locations and your contact information. Complete and accurate information is required for expedient completion of your application.
  • Failure to document reasons for gaps in training or work history.
  • Failure to report all training, including residencies and fellowships that may not have been completed.