Genetic Counselor (GC)

GC Application


  • Be at least eighteen years old

  • Be of good moral character

  • 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


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. The Ohio background check packet and instructions can be obtained here.

  • 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).

  • Verification of certificate, licensure or registration status that you hold with any other country, state or province.

    • Request license verifications from any state or jurisdiction where you currently hold or previously held a professional license. The State Medical Board of Ohio prefers verifications be delivered by email ( or fax (614.466.1464).

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

  • Verification of certificate, licensure or registration status that you hold with any other country, state or province that were not uploaded as part of the application process

  • Criminal Record Check (FBI & Ohio BCI) results


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. 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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