Update on Licensure of Genetic Counselors in Pennsylvania

The signing of the licensure bill. Our own genetic counselors Maria Baker and Susan Sell were there. Susan is the top left, and Maria is the second from the left in the top row

The road to licensure has been a long one. In December 2007, Representative Thomas Killion, along with several bipartisan co-sponsors, introduced genetic counseling licensure legislation under PA House Bills 2137 and 2138 (later renamed house bills 332 and 333). The state's Professional Licensure Committee held hearings on the proposed bills on July 23, 2008 in Radnor, PA, and in State College PA on May 8, 2009. These hearings were a crucial next step in making licensure a reality for Pennsylvania's genetic counselors. Members of the PA Genetic Counselors licensure committee, along with representatives from other interested professional groups as well as parents testified and answered questions about the legislation. On April 6, 2011, the genetic counselor licensure bills passed out of the Professional Licensure Committee and  moved to the House floor for a full vote,  The Pennsylvania House of Representatives then passed the bills by an overwhelming majority on May 2, 2011.  On December 14, 2011 House bills 332 and 333 passed in the Senate and then went to the House for concurrence. The bills were passed the next day. 

On December 22, 2011, Governor Tom Corbett signed the bills into law making licensure of genetic counselors a reality.