Genetic Counselor (GC)

GC Application


  • Be at least eighteen years old

  • Submit criminal records checks (FBI and Ohio BCI)

  • Hold a master's degree or higher degree from a genetic counseling graduate program accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC)

  • Be a certified genetic counselor whose certification will not expire before obtaining a license through the State Medical Board of Ohio

Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements at the time an application is submitted. Applications submitted by individuals who do not meet eligibility requirements are subject to denial by the board. Application fees are not refundable and an applicant will be required to reapply once eligibility requirements can be met.


List of Disqualifying Offenses

Explanatory Statement Disqualifying Offense List 

Disqualifying Offense List 


Supervised Practice License

A recent graduate who has been approved for the next available certification exam cycle (either February or August) and is in Active Candidate Status (ACS) with the ABGC is eligible. The license is valid for one year from the date it was issued which cannot be renewed. The applicant must have passed the certification exam within that year. The applicant must be supervised by a fully licensed genetic counselor or a fully licensed physician (MD/DO) for the duration of the supervised practice license.



eLicense application portal:


Initial Application Fees

Application $200.00

Transaction fee $3.50

Total due at submission $203.50


Before Completing an Application

Applicants will be required to complete the application in its entirety and pay a non-refundable fee. Applicants will be required to upload any required documents as a result of an affirmative answer provided in the Questions portion of the application, license specific certifications and to have a valid credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover). 


Criminal Records Check

The board strongly encourages prospective applicants to complete their background checks as soon as they know that they will be applying for Ohio licensure. There is no need to wait until an application is submitted to start the background check process. The board will retain the background check results for up to one year upon receiving them. Once an application has been submitted to the board, its status will be updated to reflect receipt of the results.

  • All applicants for licensure are required to complete an FBI and Ohio BCI criminal records check. View instructions in the background check packet or by watching the instructional video below.

  • Results MUST be sent directly from the vendor to the State Medical Board of Ohio; the Board will not accept results from the applicant or a third party.


Required Documents to Be Uploaded

  • Evidence of American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) or American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) certification status.

  • Education transcript from Master’s degree or higher program in a genetic counseling graduate program accredited by American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC).

Documentation related to affirmative answers provided in the Questions portion of the application. Examples of required documentation may include:

  • Your detailed explanation including the date, location, reason and disposition to the question and any supporting documentation

  • Documentation related to action taken by another state or entity

  • Documentation related to arrests/criminal actions


Documents That Should Be Sent Directly to the Board

  • Criminal Record Check (FBI & Ohio BCI) results

  • Upon achieving certification from the ABGC, holders of supervised practice (temporary) licenses should log into the ABGC Portal to request that a verification of certification letter be sent to the State Medical Board of Ohio. Emails sent directly from the ABGC to the Medical Board via will be accepted.


After You Apply

Following submission and payment for your application you will receive an email confirming initial application submission and payment. If you need to contact the Board, please email

Please note: the Medical Board is unable to confirm receipt of background checks or other supporting documents prior to an application being submitted. 

Once an application has been submitted, any documents that have been previously received will be attached to the application. In order to efficiently process your application, please do not submit or email documents to the board that are not specifically required as part of the application. Board staff will contact you directly in the event that further information or additional documentation is necessary to process your application. Please allow the board 10 business days to perform an initial review of your application. After that time, you may check the status of your application by logging into eLicense and navigating to your license application. Select the Options tab and the Review Status option. Any outstanding items will be listed in the ‘Comments’ section at the bottom of the page.


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