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Genetic Counselor Resources

Additional Resources for Genetic Counselors

  • Statutes & Rules

    The Statutes and Rules may be reviewed on the Medical Licensing Board Resources page.

  • Continuing Education Information

    All Genetic Counselors that are licensed must obtain fifty (50) continuing education contact hours in order to renew your license.

    To renew a license, an applicant must complete continuing education. The continuing education must meet the requirements of IC 25-1-4 and consist of:

    1. the completion in each two (2) year license cycle of fifty (50) contact hours that have been approved by the National Society of Genetic Counselors; or
    2. the successful completion in each two (2) year license cycle of a reading assignment and proctored examination in medical genetics provided by the American Board of Medical Genetics.

    Please do not send in your continuing education certificates.  A random audit will be performed after the renewal period is complete.  If you are chosen you will be sent a letter with instructions on sending in your certificates.

    Waiver Requests

    The board may grant an applicant seeking renewal of a license a waiver from all or part of the continuing education requirement for the renewal period if the applicant was not able to fulfill the requirement due to a hardship that resulted from any of the following conditions:

    1. Service in the armed forces of the United States during a substantial part of the renewal period.
    2. An incapacitating illness or injury.
    3. Other circumstances determined by the board.

    If you wish to request a waiver of the continuing education requirement you must do so prior to renewing your Genetic Counselors license.  If you fit one of the categories above and are requesting a waiver, please email with the information and formal request.

    The Medical Licensing Board meets the 4th Thursday of each Month.  Your request will be reviewed at the next upcoming meeting after receipt.  You will be informed by email of the Board’s decision.

  • FAQs
    • Question - Why must I provide my email address?
      • Answer - We require an email address as we send all correspondence regarding your license and application via email.  Please make sure you keep it current with us just as you would your mailing address.
    • Question - I am out of state, how do I get my criminal background check?
    • Question - When can I get my criminal background check done?
      • Answer - You can only obtain your criminal background check once you have been notified that your application has been received by our office.  If you choose to complete the process prior to notification, your background check will not be accepted and you will have to repeat the process. Click here for more information regarding the process.
    • Question - Can I obtain a temporary permit?
      • Answer - You may obtain a temporary permit if:
        • You submit the $10 temporary permit fee
          • 1. You meet all requirements for licensure with the exception of having passed the examination
          • 2. You provide proof of active candidate status with the ABGC
        • * An individual who is issued a temporary license must:
          • 1. Apply for and take the next available examination for certification
          • 2. Practice under the temporary only if directly supervised by a licensed genetic counselor or a physician licensed under IC 25-22.5 under a genetic supervision contract
        • * An individual who holds a temporary license and fails the examination for the first time may reapply for a second temporary license.  A temporary may not be issued to an individual who has failed the examination more than once.
      • Further information regarding temporary permits is available on our licensing page.
    • Question - How will I know when my license is issued?
      • Answer - You will receive an email notifying you of your license number. You may also view the status of any license on our Search & Verify online service. If you see that your license has been issued you may order or print a license card by logging into your account.
    • Question - When will my license expire?
      • Answer - All genetic counselor licenses expire June 30th of the even years, regardless of the issuance date.  Renewal notifications will be sent by email approximately 60 days before the expiration date.  The renewal fee is $30. You may view our licensing page for additional information regarding renewal.
    • Question - Will I be required to do continuing education?
      • Answer - Yes, you are required to complete 50 hours of CE, approved by the National Society of Genetic Counselors for each renewal cycle.  If you are licensed less than 6 months before the expiration date, you are not required to obtain CE.

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