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Professional Licensure Disclosure: Genetic Counseling

Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling certification is regulated nationally by the American Board of Genetic Counseling, Inc. (ABGC). In order to become a Board Certified Genetic Counselor, an applicant must have a master’s degree in genetic counseling from a program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, Inc. (ACGC). Bay Path University’s MS in Genetic Counseling Program is accredited by the ACGC, and thereby meets the academic requirements that graduates need for national certification as genetic counselors. Many states also regulate the genetic counseling profession at the state level. Every state where licensure is required uses ABGC certification in place of a licensure exam. Other requirements may include, but are not limited to, application and licensing fees, criminal background checks, or reference checks. It is important for students and new genetic counselors to be aware of all such requirements and plan accordingly. The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) maintains the most up-to-date list of states requiring genetic counseling licensure on their website.

As an ACGC-accredited program, the Bay Path University Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program satisfies all requirements for students to sit for the ABGC certification exam. A passing score on this exam allows students to be eligible for licensure in all U.S. states that currently offer licensure.