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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 45, PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
Chapter 9: State Board of Medical Examiners; advisory committee.
Section: 45:9-37.117: Licensure required for genetic counselors; exceptions.
7. Except as provided in this section, a person shall not engage in the practice of genetic counseling as a genetic counselor, or hold himself out as a genetic counselor unless the person is licensed in accordance with this act.
a. (1) Only an individual may be licensed to practice genetic counseling within the State. A firm, partnership, association or corporation shall not advertise or otherwise offer to provide or convey the impression that it is providing genetic counseling services unless an individual holding a current valid license pursuant to the provisions of this act shall be rendering the genetic counseling services.
(2) A person who is not licensed as a genetic counselor shall not use the title "genetic counselor," "licensed genetic counselor," "gene counselor," "genetic consultant," "genetic associate" or any words, abbreviations, acronyms, insignia or combination of words, abbreviations, acronyms or insignias of similar import in relation to the person's name, occupation, or place of business.
b. The provisions of this act shall not prohibit an out-of-State genetic counselor from working as a consultant, or out-of-State employer or other organization from employing genetic counselors providing occasional services, who are not licensed pursuant to this act, from engaging in the practice of genetic counseling, subject to the stated circumstances and limitations as defined by the board, in consultation with the committee, by regulation, so long as the genetic counselor holds a license, if available, in the genetic counselor's state of employment. If licensure is not available in the genetic counselor's state of employment, the genetic counselor shall be certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling or the American Board of Medical Genetics, or their successors, in order to practice genetic counseling without a State license in accordance with this subsection.
c. The provisions of this act shall not apply to:
(1) A person licensed by the State to practice medicine and surgery so long as the person does not hold himself out to the public as a licensed genetic counselor;
(2) A person licensed by the State as a registered nurse when acting within the scope of the person's profession and doing work of a nature consistent with the person's training, so long as the person does not hold himself out to the public as a genetic counselor;
(3) A student candidate for a degree in genetic counseling, or its equivalent as approved by the board in consultation with the committee by regulation, enrolled in an educational program accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling or its successor, so long as the student is practicing as part of a supervised course of study and is clearly designated by the title "genetic counseling intern" or title of similar import; or
(4) A graduate with a degree in genetic counseling, or its equivalent as approved by the board in consultation with the committee by regulation, from an educational program accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling or its successor, who has not passed the examination for licensure but otherwise has met all of the licensing requirements of this act, so long as the person: (a) does not hold himself out to the public as a licensed genetic counselor; (b) practices under the supervision of a licensed genetic counselor or geneticist; and (c) successfully passes the examination for licensure within the first two available examination cycles next following the filing of an application for licensure as a genetic counselor.
L.2009, c.41, s.7; amended 2013, c.30, s.2.
This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2013-03-21 11:47:16.
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