§ 25.908. Disciplinary action for applicants and genetic counselors.
(a) A genetic counselor, graduate genetic counselor or applicant for a license under this subchapter is subject to refusal of license or disciplinary action under section 15 of the act (63 P.S. § 271.15). Following a final determination subject to the right of notice, hearing and adjudication and the right of appeal therefrom in accordance with 2 Pa.C.S. § § 501508 and 701704 (relating to Administrative Agency Law), the Board may refuse licensure or impose any of the corrective actions of section 15(c) of the act.
(b) A genetic counselor, graduate genetic counselor or applicant for licensure is subject to discipline under section 15(a)(6) and (8) of the act for violating this chapter and for being guilty of immoral or unprofessional conduct. Unprofessional conduct includes:
(1) Engaging in conduct prohibited under § 25.216 (relating to sexual misconduct).
(2) Performing an act in a health care profession in a fraudulent, incompetent or negligent manner.
(3) Violating a provision of the act or this chapter setting a standard of professional conduct.
(4) Engaging in health care practice beyond the licensees authority to practice.
(5) Representing oneself to be a physician or other health care practitioner whose profession the genetic counselor is not licensed to practice.
(6) Practicing while the licensees ability to do so is impaired by alcohol, drugs, physical disability or mental instability.
(7) Revealing personally identifiable facts obtained as the result of a practitioner-patient relationship without the prior consent of the patient, except as authorized or required by statute or regulation.
(8) Failing to provide appropriate supervision to a genetic counselor student or a graduate genetic counselor practicing under a temporary provisional license. For purposes of this paragraph, appropriate supervision of a genetic counselor student means that the student is under the overall direction of the chair or director of the educational program. For purposes of this paragraph, appropriate supervision of a graduate genetic counselor means that the graduate genetic counselor is under the overall direction of the area supervisor and the supervisor conducts periodic review of the work of the graduate genetic counselor.
(9) Practicing outside the scope of practice for a genetic counselor as set forth in section 10.3(c) of the act (63 P.S. § 271.10c(c)).
(10) Failing to inform a client that the graduate genetic counselor holds a temporary provisional license and practices under supervision.
(c) Immoral conduct includes:
(1) Misrepresenting or concealing a material fact in obtaining a license issued by the Board or renewal, reactivation or reinstatement thereof.
(2) Being convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, dishonesty or corruption in the courts of the Commonwealth, the United States, another state, the District of Columbia, a territory of the United States or another country.
(3) Committing an act involving moral turpitude, dishonesty or corruption.
This section cited in 49 Pa. Code § 25.903 (relating to application for genetic counselor license); and 49 Pa. Code § 25.905 (relating to application for temporary provisional genetic counselor license).
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