18VAC85-170-60. Licensure requirements.
A. An applicant for a license to practice as a genetic counselor shall provide documentation of (i) a master's degree from a genetic counseling training program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Genetic Counseling and (ii) a current, valid certificate issued by the ABGC or ABMG to practice genetic counseling.
B. Pursuant to § 54.1-2957.19 D of the Code of Virginia,
applicants for licensure who do not meet the requirements of subsection A of
this section may be issued a license provided they (i) apply for licensure
July 1, 2016 December 31, 2018; (ii) comply with the
board's regulations relating to the NSGC Code of Ethics; (iii) have at least 20
years of documented work experience practicing genetic counseling; (iv) submit
two letters of recommendation, one from a genetic counselor and another from a
physician; and (v) have completed, within the last five years, 25 hours of
continuing education approved by the NSGC or the ABGC. For the purpose of this
subsection, the board deems the provisions of Part IV (18VAC85-170-110 et seq.)
of this chapter to be consistent with the NSGC Code of Ethics.
C. An applicant for a temporary license shall provide documentation of having been granted the active candidate status by the ABGC. Such license shall expire 12 months from issuance or upon expiration of active candidate status, whichever comes first.