The Board of Registration of Genetic Counselors (BORGC) serves all the people in the Commonwealth, particularly the underserved, and promotes healthy people, healthy families, and healthy communities.  The principal mission is the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare of all people in the Commonwealth.

Genetic counselors are health professionals with specialized graduate degrees and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counseling.  Genetic counselors work as members of a health care team, providing information and support to families who have members with birth defects or genetic disorders and to families who may be at risk for a variety of inherited conditions.

They identify families at risk, investigate the problem present in the family, interpret information about the disorder, analyze inheritance patterns and risks of recurrence and review available options with the family.

Genetic counselors also provide supportive counseling to families, serve as patient advocates and refer individuals and families to community or state support services. They serve as educators and resource people for other health care professionals and for the general public.

 


This information is provided by the Division of Health Professions Licensure within the Department of Public Health.