Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling (MGC)
Length of Program
Our program consists of 62 credit hours over 21 months beginning in August and ending in May.
All students must successfully complete the entire curriculum of the program in order to be considered for the Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling. Successful completion requires an average of 80% or above on all didactic and clinical courses unless specified otherwise in the syllabus. Students must have 50 logbook cases as defined by ACGC Standards. Finally, students must complete a capstone project as a requirement for graduation.
The mission of admissions in the College of Allied Health Professions is to advance evidence-based recruitment and admissions practices that are inclusive, equitable and balanced with respect to experiences, attributes and metrics to recruit and admit applicants for the purpose of preparing highly competent, collaborative and compassionate professionals dedicated to improving the health and healthcare of all individuals and communities.
Enrollment in the Genetic Counseling Education program is limited and competitive. The Genetic Counseling admissions committee, composed of program faculty and administration, evaluates the qualifications of each applicant and makes the final selections for admission.
For specific Genetic Counseling admissions, application, and timelines, visit: Genetic Counseling Admissions.
Our curriculum consists of 62 credit hours over 21 months. We have defined 5 specific categories for our curriculum based on the practice-based competencies and content required by ACGC:
- Genetic counseling skills, advanced topics, and professional development
- Genetics Knowledge
- Clinical Application
- Clinical Rotations
Plan of Study Grid First Year Fall Credit Hours GENC 610 FOUNDATIONS IN GENETIC COUNSELING I 3 GENC 641 PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF GENETIC PRINCIPLES 1 GENC 645 EMBRYOLOGY & TERATOLOGY 3 GENC 682 PRENATAL GENETICS 2 GENC 708 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN GENETIC COUNSELING 1 CAHP 723 PRINCIPLES OF CRITICAL INQUIRY 2 MMI 911 HUMAN GENETICS AND CYTOGENETICS PRINCIPLES 2 Credit Hours 14 Spring GENC 611 FOUNDATIONS IN GENETIC COUNSELING II 3 GENC 649 MOLECULAR GENETICS & GENOMICS 3 GENC 688 CLINICAL CANCER GENETICS 3 GENC 720 CAPSTONE DESIGN 1 GENC 780 MEDICAL GENETICS I 3 GENC 708 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN GENETIC COUNSELING 1 Credit Hours 14 Summer GENC 750 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE I 6 Credit Hours 6 Second Year Fall GENC 710 ADVANCED GENETIC COUNSELING I 2 GENC 721 CAPSTONE PROJECT I 2 GENC 751 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE II 3 GENC 752 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE III 3 GENC 781 MEDICAL GENETICS II 3 GENC 708 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN GENETIC COUNSELING 1 Credit Hours 14 Spring GENC 711 ADVANCED GENETIC COUNSELING II 2 GENC 718 GENETIC COUNSELING & THE COMMUNITY 3 GENC 722 CAPSTONE PROJECT II 2 GENC 753 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE IV 3 GENC 754 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE V 3 GENC 708 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN GENETIC COUNSELING 1 Credit Hours 14 Total Credit Hours 62