NSGC is a community of more than 4,500 genetic counselors and genetic counseling professionals that focuses on the professional interests of genetic counselors and provides a network for professional communications. NSGC membership provides access to continuing education opportunities, professional resources, advocacy and the discussion issues relevant to human genetics and the genetic counseling profession. Click here to learn more about the benefits of becoming an NSGC member.
Please click here to download and mail in a paper application.
NSGC memberships are based on the calendar year/NSGC’s fiscal year, January 1 – December 31.
All new memberships will incur a one-time only, non-refundable application fee of US $15. New members that join July-September are eligible for prorated rates.
Full Member – $285
Accredited and practicing, full-time genetic counselors. Full Members receive all member benefits, have voting rights, can hold office and serve on committees.
Associate Member – $244
Healthcare professionals with an interest or focus in genetics and genomics. 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.
New Genetic Counselor Member – $193
Special membership for those who graduated from their genetic counseling program within the last 2 years. New Genetic Counselor Members receive all the same member benefits as Full Members, but are eligible for a discounted membership fee for up to 2 years, as a newly graduated genetic counselor.
Student Member – $120
Special membership for students currently enrolled in a genetic counseling training program. International Students, please see this FAQ document, developed by NSGC's International Special Interest Group. Student Members receive all of the same privileges as Associate Members, with the exception that Students may not post to NSGC's General Discussion Forum or access the Journal of Genetic Counseling. NOTE: If you are a PhD candidate and are interested in joining NSGC, please email email@example.com to discuss your specific situation.
Emeritus Member – $115
Special membership for retired genetic counselors in good standing of NSGC for a minimum of 15 years. To join NSGC as an Emeritus Member please contact the NSGC Executive Office at (312) 321-6834.
After your application is reviewed, you will receive an Annual Dues and Membership Information Form as well as a Code of Ethics. After your dues have been received and processed, you will be awarded all the benefits of your membership category.
Dues payments to NSGC, classified by the IRS as a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization, are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. However, they may be deductible under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code subject to restrictions imposed as a result of lobbying activities. NSGC estimates that the nondeductible portion of your 2021 dues is 36%. The nondeductible amount (36%) is calculated by dividing total NSGC lobbying expenditures by total dues income (excluding all other income).
Business Case/Employer Letters
To assist you in securing support for your employer for your membership, NSGC has developed business case documents that you can download and complete with your own information:
NSGC Business Case Worksheet and Employer Letter (U.S. and Canada)
NSGC Business Case Worksheet and Employer Letter (International)