Application Instructions

A person may not practice genetic counseling, nor use the title of genetic counselor, within the state unless that person is licensed by the board as a genetic counselor. To be eligible for a genetic counseling license, an applicant must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the board, that he or she is of good moral character and satisfies all of the following requirements:

a. Education at one of the following levels:

(1) Master of science degree from a genetic counseling training program that is accredited by the ABGC or an ABGC - approved equivalent organization and approved by the board; or

(2) Doctoral degree from a medical genetics training program that is accredited by the ABMG and approved by the board; and

b. Successful completion of all requirements of the certification examination within a period not to exceed four years from initial examination to successful completion and with no more than three attempts;

c. Physical, mental, and professional capability for the practice of genetic counseling in a manner acceptable to the board; and

d. A history free of any finding by the board, by any other state licensing board, or by any court of competent jurisdiction which would constitute grounds for disciplinary action under this chapter. The board may modify this restriction for cause.

A license to practice genetic counseling, including a temporary license, shall expire on December 31st of each year and must be renewed annually on or before January 1st. The application fee and each annual renewal fee is $50.00 payable online via credit card.

The board may issue a temporary license to an applicant who meets all of the stated qualifications, but has not completed the certification examination, if that person has been accepted to write the certification examination. A person issued a temporary license must take the certification examination within 18 months of the issuance date of the temporary license.

In addition to submitting the online application form, an applicant must furnish to the board the following:

a. You must submit the completed Criminal History Record Check Request and the Fingerprint Verification form along with two fingerprint cards. The background check fee is $41.25.  A separate money order payable to the Office of the Attorney General must be submitted for the background check. fee.  Please make sure your fingerprint cards are placed in a SEALED envelope by the fingerprint technician who took your prints with their signature written across the sealed edge of the envelope.  You should then place the sealed envelope inside another envelope addressed for mailing to the Board.  Mail the completed fingerprint cards, the Criminal History Record Check form, and money order to the North Dakota Board of Medicine at 4204 Boulder Ridge Rd Suite 260, Bismarck, ND  58503.   You should call your local law enforcement office for times and locations that fingerprinting services may be available. Be sure to bring a photo ID. A small fee may be required.  There may also be private entities in your area that offer fingerprinting services.

DO NOT BEND OR FOLD the fingerprint cards when mailing them to us as they will be rejected and you will be required to be fingerprinted again. Be sure all personal information is completed on the cards.  The instructions for completing the fingerprint cards can be found here

b. A copy of the diploma from the genetic counseling or medical genetics program.

c. A copy of your ABGC Certificate or ABMG Certificate.

d. A recent 2"x3" unmounted photo of yourself.

e. License verifications. You must direct the licensing board of each state/province where you have ever applied for any type of genetic counseling or medical license (regardless of whether the license was granted or not granted, is active or inactive, temporary or permanent, restricted or unrestricted) to provide the North Dakota Board of Medicine with verification of your license status.

f. You must also direct each hospital/clinic where you have worked during the past three (3) years to complete this employment reference form. This form cannot be completed by a colleague.  It should be completed by the medical staff services office and/or your direct manager/administrator.  The facility must return the completed form directly to the Board office for it to be considered a primary source verification.  Attached here is also an Affidavit that should accompany your employment reference form(s) as most, if not all, facilities will require this before completing any verification.  

Any applicant may be required to appear before the Board of Medicine for an interview. An applicant should expect to appear for an interview if any derogatory information is brought to the attention of the Board during the application process.

Please be advised that under North Dakota Century Code section 43-60-01(02):  "Genetic testing may be provided by a licensed genetic counselor only when ordered by a North Dakota licensed health care provider acting within the provider's scope of practice and privileged to do so.  The referring or primary provider shall maintain supervision of patient care and the licensed genetic counselor shall provide reports to the referring or primary health care provider ordering such testing."  By submitting an application, you agree to practice as outlined in this section, and comply with all requirements of N.D.C.C. chap. 43-60.

Click here to begin the online application process.  NOTE:  As of February 2021, paper applications are no longer being accepted.