Genetic Counseling Training
Find out the answers the questions you may have about becoming a genetic counselor with these Frequently Asked Questions by prospective students.
Preparing for Graduate School
To discover what occurs during a typical genetic counseling session, please view the Master Genetic Counselor Series , a grouping of specially designed digital recordings of simulated genetic counseling sessions in the specialty areas of cancer genetic counseling, cardiology genetic counseling, and prenatal genetic counseling.
In order to become a Certified Genetic Counselor by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) , one must obtain a Master's degree in Genetic Counseling from a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) . There are currently 34 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada with master's degree programs in genetic counseling.
For a full list of programs, please visit ACGC's Genetic Counseling Training Program Directory .
How to Choose a Program
There are many factors to consider when choosing a genetic counseling training program. These include location, class size, affiliation with a university, medical school, or hospital, clinical rotation sites, travel, housing, work opportunities, and cost.
Please contact the individual programs for specific admission requirements, funding and/or scholarship information.
Contact each program individually in order to determine the exact requirements needed to complete an application including transcripts, test scores, advocacy experiences, a written statement, and letters of recommendation. Additional information about admission to genetic counseling training programs is available throught the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors.