|147F.03||SCOPE OF PRACTICE.|
|147F.05||UNLICENSED PRACTICE PROHIBITED; PROTECTED TITLES AND RESTRICTIONS ON USE.|
|147F.09||BOARD ACTION ON APPLICATIONS FOR LICENSURE.|
|147F.11||CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS.|
|147F.15||LICENSED GENETIC COUNSELOR ADVISORY COUNCIL.|
|147F.19||LICENSE RENEWAL CYCLE CONVERSION.|
For purposes of this chapter, the terms defined in this section have the meanings given them.
"ABGC" means the American Board of Genetic Counseling, a national agency for certification and recertification of genetic counselors, or its successor organization or equivalent.
"ABMG" means the American Board of Medical Genetics, a national agency for certification and recertification of genetic counselors, medical geneticists, and Ph.D. geneticists, or its successor organization.
"ACGC" means the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, a specialized program accreditation board for educational training programs granting master's degrees or higher in genetic counseling, or its successor organization.
"Board" means the Board of Medical Practice.
"Eligible status" means an applicant who has met the requirements and received approval from the ABGC to sit for the certification examination.
"Genetic counseling" means the provision of services described in section 147F.03 to help clients and their families understand the medical, psychological, and familial implications of genetic contributions to a disease or medical condition.
"Genetic counselor" means an individual licensed under this chapter to engage in the practice of genetic counseling.
"Licensed physician" means an individual who is licensed to practice medicine under chapter 147.
"NSGC" means the National Society of Genetic Counselors, a professional membership association for genetic counselors that approves continuing education programs.
"Qualified supervisor" means any person who is licensed under this chapter as a genetic counselor or a physician licensed under chapter 147 to practice medicine in Minnesota.
"Supervisee" means a genetic counselor with a provisional license.
"Supervision" means an assessment of the work of the supervisee, including regular meetings and file review, by a qualified supervisor according to the supervision contract. Supervision does not require the qualified supervisor to be present while the supervisee provides services.
The practice of genetic counseling by a licensed genetic counselor includes the following services:
(1) obtaining and interpreting individual and family medical and developmental histories;
(2) determining the mode of inheritance and the risk of transmitting genetic conditions and birth defects;
(3) discussing the inheritance, features, natural history, means of diagnosis, and management of conditions with clients;
(4) identifying, coordinating, ordering, and explaining the clinical implications of genetic laboratory tests and other laboratory studies;
(5) assessing psychosocial factors, including social, educational, and cultural issues;
(6) providing client-centered counseling and anticipatory guidance to the client or family based on their responses to the condition, risk of occurrence, or risk of recurrence;
(7) facilitating informed decision-making about testing and management;
(8) identifying and using community resources that provide medical, educational, financial, and psychosocial support and advocacy; and
(9) providing accurate written medical, genetic, and counseling information for families and health care professionals.
No individual may use the title "genetic counselor," "licensed genetic counselor," "gene counselor," "genetic consultant," "genetic assistant," "genetic associate," or any words, letters, abbreviations, or insignia indicating or implying that the individual is eligible for licensure by the state as a genetic counselor unless the individual has been licensed as a genetic counselor according to this chapter.
Effective January 1, 2018, no individual may practice genetic counseling unless the individual is licensed as a genetic counselor under this chapter except as otherwise provided under this chapter.
(a) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit or restrict the practice of any profession or occupation licensed or registered by the state by an individual duly licensed or registered to practice the profession or occupation or to perform any act that falls within the scope of practice of the profession or occupation.
(b) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to require a license under this chapter for:
(1) an individual employed as a genetic counselor by the federal government or a federal agency if the individual is providing services under the direction and control of the employer;
(2) a student or intern, having graduated within the past six months, or currently enrolled in an ACGC-accredited genetic counseling educational program providing genetic counseling services that are an integral part of the student's or intern's course of study, are performed under the direct supervision of a licensed genetic counselor or physician who is on duty in the assigned patient care area, and the student is identified by the title "genetic counseling intern";
(3) a visiting ABGC- or ABMG-certified genetic counselor working as a consultant in this state who permanently resides outside of the state, or the occasional use of services from organizations from outside of the state that employ ABGC- or ABMG-certified genetic counselors. This is limited to practicing for 30 days total within one calendar year. Certified genetic counselors from outside of the state working as a consultant in this state must be licensed in their state of residence if that credential is available; or
(4) an individual who is licensed to practice medicine under chapter 147.
To be eligible for licensure, an applicant, with the exception of those seeking licensure by reciprocity under subdivision 2, must submit to the board:
(1) a completed application on forms provided by the board along with all fees required under section 147F.17. The applicant must include:
(i) the applicant's name, Social Security number, home address and telephone number, and business address and telephone number if currently employed;
(ii) the name and location of the genetic counseling or medical program the applicant completed;
(iii) a list of degrees received from other educational institutions;
(iv) a description of the applicant's professional training;
(v) a list of registrations, certifications, and licenses held in other jurisdictions;
(vi) a description of any other jurisdiction's refusal to credential the applicant;
(vii) a description of all professional disciplinary actions initiated against the applicant in any jurisdiction; and
(viii) any history of drug or alcohol abuse, and any misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony conviction;
(2) evidence of graduation from an education program accredited by the ACGC or its predecessor or successor organization;
(3) a verified copy of a valid and current certification issued by the ABGC or ABMG as a certified genetic counselor, or by the ABMG as a certified medical geneticist;
(4) additional information as requested by the board, including any additional information necessary to ensure that the applicant is able to practice with reasonable skill and safety to the public;
(5) a signed statement verifying that the information in the application is true and correct to the best of the applicant's knowledge and belief; and
(6) a signed waiver authorizing the board to obtain access to the applicant's records in this or any other state in which the applicant completed an educational program or engaged in the practice of genetic counseling.
To be eligible for licensure by reciprocity, the applicant must hold a current genetic counselor or medical geneticist registration or license in another state, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States, whose standards for registration or licensure are at least equivalent to those of Minnesota, and must:
(1) submit the application materials and fees as required by subdivision 1, clauses (1), (2), and (4) to (6);
(2) provide a verified copy from the appropriate government body of a current registration or license for the practice of genetic counseling in another jurisdiction that has initial registration or licensing requirements equivalent to or higher than the requirements in subdivision 1; and
(3) provide letters of verification from the appropriate government body in each jurisdiction in which the applicant holds a registration or license. Each letter must state the applicant's name, date of birth, registration or license number, date of issuance, a statement regarding disciplinary actions, if any, taken against the applicant, and the terms under which the registration or license was issued.
A genetic counselor license shall be valid for one year from the date of issuance.
(a) To be eligible for license renewal, a licensed genetic counselor must submit to the board:
(1) a renewal application on a form provided by the board;
(2) the renewal fee required under section 147F.17;
(3) evidence of compliance with the continuing education requirements in section 147F.11; and
(4) any additional information requested by the board.
(b) A licensee must maintain a correct mailing address with the board for receiving board communications, notices, and license renewal documents. Placing the license renewal application in first-class United States mail, addressed to the licensee at the licensee's last known address with postage prepaid, constitutes valid service. Failure to receive the renewal documents does not relieve a licensee of the obligation to comply with this section.
(c) The name of a licensee who does not return a complete license renewal application, annual license fee, or late application fee, as applicable, within the time period required by this section shall be removed from the list of individuals authorized to practice during the current renewal period. If the licensee's license is reinstated, the licensee's name shall be placed on the list of individuals authorized to practice.
For any individual whose licensure status has lapsed for two years or less, to regain licensure status, the individual must:
(1) apply for license renewal according to subdivision 5;
(2) document compliance with the continuing education requirements of section 147F.11 since the licensed genetic counselor's initial licensure or last renewal; and
(3) submit the fees required under section 147F.17 for the period not licensed, including the fee for late renewal.
(a) A licensee whose license has lapsed under subdivision 6 before January 1, 2020, and who seeks to regain licensed status after January 1, 2020, shall be treated as a first-time licensee only for purposes of establishing a license renewal schedule, and shall not be subject to the license cycle conversion provisions in section 147F.19.
(b) This subdivision expires July 1, 2022.
(a) The board shall act on each application for licensure according to paragraphs (b) to (d).
(b) The board shall determine if the applicant meets the requirements for licensure under section 147F.07. The board may investigate information provided by an applicant to determine whether the information is accurate and complete.
(c) The board shall notify each applicant in writing of action taken on the application, the grounds for denying licensure if a license is denied, and the applicant's right to review the board's decision under paragraph (d).
(d) Applicants denied licensure may make a written request to the board, within 30 days of the board's notice, to appear before the advisory council and for the advisory council to review the board's decision to deny the applicant's license. After reviewing the denial, the advisory council shall make a recommendation to the board as to whether the denial shall be affirmed. Each applicant is allowed only one request for review per licensure period.
(a) A licensed genetic counselor must complete a minimum of 25 hours of NSGC- or ABMG-approved continuing education units every two years. If a licensee's renewal term is prorated to be more or less than one year, the required number of continuing education units is prorated proportionately.
(b) The board may grant a variance to the continuing education requirements specified in this section if a licensee demonstrates to the satisfaction of the board that the licensee is unable to complete the required number of educational units during the renewal term. The board may allow the licensee to complete the required number of continuing education units within a time frame specified by the board. In no case shall the board allow the licensee to complete less than the required number of continuing education units.
The board shall appoint a five-member Licensed Genetic Counselor Advisory Council. One member must be a licensed physician with experience in genetics, three members must be licensed genetic counselors, and one member must be a public member.
The advisory council shall be organized and administered as provided in section 15.059.
The advisory council shall:
(1) advise the board regarding standards for licensed genetic counselors;
(2) provide for distribution of information regarding licensed genetic counselor practice standards;
(3) advise the board on enforcement of this chapter;
(4) review applications and recommend granting or denying licensure or license renewal;
(5) advise the board on issues related to receiving and investigating complaints, conducting hearings, and imposing disciplinary action in relation to complaints against licensed genetic counselors; and
(6) perform other duties authorized for advisory councils under chapter 214, as directed by the board.
(a) Fees are as follows:
(1) license application fee, $200;
(2) initial licensure and annual renewal, $150;
(3) late fee, $75;
(4) genetic counselor certification fee, $25;
(5) temporary license fee, $60;
(6) duplicate license fee, $20;
(7) certification letter fee, $25;
(8) education or training program approval fee, $100; and
(9) report creation and generation fee, $60 per hour billed in quarter-hour increments with a quarter-hour minimum.
(b) The revenue generated from the fees must be deposited in an account in the state government special revenue fund.
The board may prorate the initial license fee. All licensees are required to pay the full fee upon license renewal.
An application for registration renewal submitted after the deadline must be accompanied by a late fee in addition to the required fees.
All fees are nonrefundable.
Fees collected by the board under this section shall be deposited in the state government special revenue fund.
The license renewal cycle for genetic counselor licensees is converted to an annual cycle where renewal is due on the last day of the licensee's month of birth. Conversion pursuant to this section begins January 1, 2020. This section governs license renewal procedures for licensees who were licensed before December 31, 2019. The conversion renewal cycle is the renewal cycle following the first license renewal after January 1, 2020. The conversion license period is the license period for the conversion renewal cycle. The conversion license period is between six and 17 months and ends the last day of the licensee's month of birth in either 2020 or 2021, as described in subdivision 2.
For a licensee whose license is current as of December 31, 2019, the licensee's conversion license period begins on January 1, 2020, and ends on the last day of the licensee's month of birth in 2020, except that for licensees whose month of birth is January, February, March, April, May, or June, the licensee's renewal cycle ends on the last day of the licensee's month of birth in 2021.
This subdivision applies to an individual who was licensed before December 31, 2019, but whose license is not current as of December 31, 2019. When the individual first renews the license after January 1, 2020, the conversion renewal cycle begins on the date the individual applies for renewal and ends on the last day of the licensee's month of birth in the same year, except that if the last day of the individual's month of birth is less than six months after the date the individual applies for renewal, then the renewal period ends on the last day of the individual's month of birth in the following year.
After the licensee's conversion renewal cycle under subdivision 2 or 3, subsequent renewal cycles are annual and begin on the last day of the month of the licensee's birth.
(a) A licensee who holds a license issued before January 1, 2020, and who renews that license pursuant to subdivision 2 or 3, shall pay a renewal fee as required in this subdivision.
(b) A licensee shall be charged the annual license fee listed in section 147F.17 for the conversion license period.
(c) For a licensee whose conversion license period is six to 11 months, the first annual license fee charged after the conversion license period shall be adjusted to credit the excess fee payment made during the conversion license period. The credit is calculated by: (1) subtracting the number of months of the licensee's conversion license period from 12; and (2) multiplying the result of clause (1) by 1/12 of the annual fee rounded up to the next dollar.
(d) For a licensee whose conversion license period is 12 months, the first annual license fee charged after the conversion license period shall not be adjusted.
(e) For a licensee whose conversion license period is 13 to 17 months, the first annual license fee charged after the conversion license period shall be adjusted to add the annual license fee payment for the months that were not included in the annual license fee paid for the conversion license period. The added payment is calculated by: (1) subtracting 12 from the number of months of the licensee's conversion license period; and (2) multiplying the result of clause (1) by 1/12 of the annual fee rounded up to the next dollar.
(f) For the second and all subsequent license renewals made after the conversion license period, the licensee's annual license fee is as listed in section 147F.17.
This section expires July 1, 2022.
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