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Genetic Counselor

"Genetic counselor" means a person licensed by the Board to engage in the practice of genetic counseling.

"Practice of genetic counseling" means (i) obtaining and evaluating individual and family medical histories to assess the risk of genetic medical conditions and diseases in a patient, his offspring, and other family members; (ii) discussing the features, history, diagnosis, environmental factors, and risk management of genetic medical conditions and diseases; (iii) ordering genetic laboratory tests and other diagnostic studies necessary for genetic assessment; (iv) integrating the results with personal and family medical history to assess and communicate risk factors for genetic medical conditions and diseases; (v) evaluating the patient's and family's responses to the medical condition or risk of recurrence and providing client-centered counseling and anticipatory guidance; (vi) identifying and utilizing community resources that provide medical, educational, financial, and psychosocial support and advocacy; and (vii) providing written documentation of medical, genetic, and counseling information for families and health care professionals.

Laws and Regulations

Review state laws and regulations that apply to the board and Licensed Genetic Counselors.

Applications & Forms

To apply to practice as a Licensed Genetic Counselor visit the application wizard. For other forms check the applications and forms page.

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Advisory Board Meetings

Oct 4 2021 1:00PM (Mon)Advisory Board on Genetic Counseling Agenda
May 24 2021 1:00PM (Mon)Advisory Board on Genetic Counseling - Cancelled
Jan 25 2021 1:00PM (Mon)Advisory Board on Genetic Counseling - Cancelled

To view other board meetings visit the board's full calendar.

Virginia Board of Medicine | Contact the Board
William L. Harp, MD, Executive Director
L. Blanton Marchese, President