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Our Mission and Vision

The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) promotes the professional interests of genetic counselors and provides a network for professional communications. Access to continuing education opportunities, professional resources, advocacy and the discussion of all issues relevant to human genetics and the genetic counseling profession are an integral part of belonging to the NSGC.

Mission: The National Society of Genetic Counselors advances the various roles of genetic counselors in health care by fostering education, research, and public policy to ensure the availability of quality genetic services.

Vision: Integrating genetics and genomics to improve health for all.

Our History

In 1971 the first class of master's degree genetic counselors graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. Genetic counselors rapidly became an integral member of the genetics team because of the profession's unique knowledge and skills in counseling and human genetics.

In 1978 a group of genetic counselors recognized the need for a professional society to support the unique needs of their profession. 227 genetic counselors each donated $10 to support the forming of a committee to reach that goal and on October 1, 1979, the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) was incorporated in New York with Audrey Heimler serving as the first NSGC President.

Click here to access An Oral History of the National Society of Genetic Counselors by Audrey Heimler, NSGC's first president.

Click here to view a timeline of the genetic counseling profession and NSGC milestones developed by the NSGC Late Career Special Interest Group (SIG) in 2019, in honor of NSGC's 40th anniversary.

Click here to learn more about NSGC's history and view a listing of all Past Presidents, State of the Society Addresses and Business Meeting recordings.