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    State Licensure for Genetic Counselors

    NSGC has developed resources for state licensure that include draft sunrise applications and model legislative language. NSGC is involved in the development of legislation and our public policy staff works with members to develop strategies for the successful pursuit of these efforts. NSGC has experience negotiating legislation with legislators and stakeholders.

    NSGC approved guiding principles around licensure that are intended to provide national guidance to genetic counselors involved in attaining licensure in their respective states. NSGC will formally support efforts in states that pursue legislation aligned with these principles and encourages the use of our experienced lobbyists.

    The principles explain the critical elements of state licensing legislation. NSGC’s goal in developing the principles and language is to ensure as much uniformity among the nation’s genetic counselors so that laws regulating the practice of genetic counseling are widely applied. Uniformity may provide greater flexibility between states in how genetic counselors practice, and, most importantly, ensure the highest quality services. Although the actual structure of legislation may vary considerably between states, the essence of the legislation should be as uniform as possible.

    The principles are organized as most licensure laws are written, beginning with a series of definitions followed by qualifications for licensure, supervision requirement for counselors with temporary licenses, continuing education requirements, scope of practice, title protection and the infrastructure of how the license will be administered.

    If you are interested in pursuing licensure in your state, please contact for additional information.

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