State of Washington Classified Job Specification
GENETICS COUNSELOR 1
Class Series Concept
Provide professional genetic counseling services in specialized areas such as prenatal diagnosis, biochemical genetics, molecular genetics and medical genetics.
Provide genetic counseling services. Participate in health sciences research.
Under general supervision, compile family histories and review genetic test results. Conduct patient education regarding standard genetic diseases. Refer complex cases to Genetics Counselor 2 or Medical Geneticist. Participate in genetics research projects.
Compile complete family history; obtain and review medical records;
Recommend standard genetic tests;
Discuss prognosis and management options with Genetics Counselor 2 or Medical Geneticist;
Educate patients regarding their risks/options;
Provide grief and crisis counseling to individuals and/or families;
Provide follow-up patient care;
Coordinate patient services with social services, clergy, health care providers and other resources based upon evaluation of individual patient needs;
Coordinate the handling and shipping of samples for specialized genetic testing in other locations;
Participate in research studies and projects; collect and evaluate various clinical and demographic data for research purposes;
Perform related duties as required.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
A Master's Degree in genetics counseling or a related field from a program accredited by a national certification board for medical genetics personnel
One year of professional genetic counseling experience, or equivalent (student internship acceptable).
Class Specification History
Revised Title and Class: 4-6-90
Revise MQ: 6-4-93
Revised new class code: (formerly 6190) effective July 1, 2007