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NSGC Membership Categories

There are five categories of membership:

  • Full
  • Associate
  • Student
  • New Genetic Counselor
  • Emeritus

Please read our membership guidelines below, as described in our bylaws, to determine your appropriate membership status.

Code of Ethics

All applicants are now required to sign our Code of Ethics.

BYLAWS - Article 1. Membership

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Section 1.2. Full Membership. 
Full membership shall be extended to any person who : (i) holds a graduate degree from an accredited genetic counseling training program, or (ii) prior to May 1, 2014 had a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in a related field such as nursing, social work or public health and has had a broad range of clinical genetics training and whose primary responsibility for at least three years prior to the date of such person’s application was genetic counseling, or (iii) is certified in genetic counseling by the American Board of Medical Genetics and/or the American Board of Genetic Counseling.  Full members may attend all meetings of members, vote, and serve on the Board of Directors, serve as Chair of a committee or Special Interest Group, and serve as members of committees or Special Interest Groups. Full members in the first two years post-graduation from an accredited genetic counseling training program will be referred to as New Genetic Counselor Members.

Section 1.3. Associate Membership.
Associate membership shall be extended to all applicants who are health care professionals, and to all applicants whose interests focus on genetic counseling and who are not eligible for full membership or student membership. Associate members have all privileges of Full members except they may not vote, or serve on the Board of Directors, or as Chair of a committee or Special Interest Group. 

Section 1.4. Student Membership.
Student membership shall be extended to students enrolled in an accredited genetic counseling training program.  Student members shall have all the privileges of Full members, except that they may not vote, serve on the Board of Directors or serve as Chair of a committee or Special Interest Group, with the exception of any Special Interest Group specifically chartered for students.  

Section 1.5. Emeritus Membership.
Full members who have retired and have been members in good standing of the NSGC for a minimum of 15 cumulative years shall be eligible for Emeritus membership. Emeritus members shall have all the privileges of Full members, except that they may not serve on the Board of Directors or serve as chair of committees. 

Annual Dues

Full Member Dues           $265.00
Associate Member Dues          $224.00
Student Member Dues $100.00
New Genetic Counselor Member Dues          $173.00
Emeritus Member Dues $95.00
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