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§ 14-5G-14. Supervised genetic counselor license

West's Annotated Code of MarylandHealth OccupationsEffective: January 1, 2022

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Health Occupations (Refs & Annos)
Title 14. Physicians (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 5g. Genetic Counselors (Refs & Annos)
Effective: January 1, 2022
MD Code, Health Occupations, § 14-5G-14
§ 14-5G-14. Supervised genetic counselor license
(a)(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) “Qualified supervisor” means:
(i) An individual who:
1. Is licensed to practice as a genetic counselor under this subtitle; and
2. Has practiced for a minimum of 3 years after passing the national certifying examination; or
(ii) A physician who has been licensed in the State for a minimum of 5 years.
(3) “Supervision” means the ongoing, direct, clinical review for the purposes of training or teaching by a qualified supervisor who monitors the performance of a supervised genetic counselor's supervised interaction with a patient and provides regular documented face-to-face meetings and consultation, chart reviews, guidance, and instructions with respect to the clinical skills and competencies of the supervised genetic counselor.
License requirements
(b) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, on or after January 1, 2024, the Board shall issue a supervised genetic counselor license to an applicant who:
(1) Has graduated from a genetic counseling program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counselors;
(2) Has met all qualifications for licensure except for certification from the American Board of Genetic Counselors; and
(3) Has applied for the first available national certifying examination.
License prohibited for applicant that has failed examination two or more times
(c) The Board may not issue a license under subsection (b) of this section if the applicant has failed the American Board of Genetic Counseling certification examination two or more times.
Conditions of licensure; supervision contract
(d)(1) As a condition of licensure, the supervised genetic counselor shall work under the supervision of a qualified supervisor.
(2) The supervised genetic counselor and the qualified supervisor shall enter into a supervision contract that:
(i) Specifies the manner of supervision as required by the Board;
(ii) Is signed by the supervised genetic counselor and the qualified supervisor; and
(iii) Is maintained by both the supervised genetic counselor and the qualified supervisor and made available to the Board.
Representation to public as licensed genetic counselor prohibited
(e) The supervised genetic counselor may not represent to the public, by description of services, methods, or procedures, or otherwise, that the supervised genetic counselor is a licensed genetic counselor.
Term of license
(f)(1) A supervised genetic counselor license may not be valid for more than 1 year after the date of issuance.
(2) A supervised genetic counselor license expires on the earliest of:
(i) The issuance of a genetic counselor license to the supervised genetic counselor;
(ii) The expiration date printed on the supervised genetic counselor license; or
(iii) On notice of the second failure of the supervised genetic counselor to pass the certification examination.
Prohibited activity
(g) A supervised genetic counselor who has not passed the examination within two examination cycles may not continue practicing under the supervised genetic counselor license.
Subject to discipline to same extent as genetic counselor
(h) A supervised genetic counselor is subject to discipline under § 14-5G-19 of this subtitle to the same extent as a genetic counselor.


Added by Acts 2021, c. 603, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2022; Acts 2021, c. 604, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2022.
MD Code, Health Occupations, § 14-5G-14, MD HEALTH OCCUP § 14-5G-14
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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