Program Requirements and Course Listing

  • 40 academic graduate course credits
  • 18 credits of clinical training (1,000 hours)
  • 12 credits towards a research project
  • Required non-credit supplemental activities

Total = 70 credits (42 are billable)

The program can be completed on a full-time basis in 21 months or part-time in three years. Part time study is possible on a case-by-case basis after approval from the program director.

The overall instructional approach to the genetic counseling program is to provide students with a knowledge base, through didactic coursework, in the following general content areas: psychosocial theories and techniques, human and medical genetics, clinical genomics, human development, pathophysiology, public health, genetic counseling and research methods. Students also take course focused on reproductive genetics, cancer genetics, neurogenetics, cardiovascular genetics and ethics. During the first year, student comprehension and application of this baseline knowledge to genetic counseling is supported through various learning activities in the classroom and clinic observational experiences.

As the program unfolds, the curriculum transitions from a more didactic focused curriculum to one where student learning is primarily based on supervised clinical training. Both the level of complexity of the didactic material and the student level of involvement in their clinical experiences increase as the program progresses. Student participation in the research requirement increases substantially during the second year of the program. The program is designed so that by the end of the training student learning advances to a level where they can obtain, apply, interpret, synthesize, and evaluate information appropriately to a wide variety of genetic counseling situations.

A typical full-time program.

Fall - Year 1 Course # Credit Hours
Advanced Human Genetics GENE-7305-R 3
Embryology GENE-7301-R 3
Genetics Across the Lifespan I GENE-7310-R 3
Intro to Clinical Medicine GENE-7309-R 2
Disabilities Service Learning Practicum I/Course GENE-7402-W 2
Monday Afternoon Discussion 0
Process Group 0
Total Semester Credit Hours: 13
Spring - Year 1 Course # Credit Hours
Physiology GENE-7302-R 3
Genetics Across the Lifespan II GENE-7311-R 2
Clinical Genomics GENE-7314-R 2
Reproductive Genetics GENE-7318-R 2
Professional Issues in GC I GENE-7319-R 1
Research Methods GENE-7332-R 1
Public Health Genomics GENE-7336-R 1
Intro to Cancer Genetics GENE-7345-R 1
Ethics GENE-7352-R 1
Clinical Practicum II GENE-7304-W 1
Monday Afternoon Discussion 0
Process Group 0
Total Semester Credit Hours: 15
Summer - Year 1 Course # Credit Hours
Clinical Practicum III Summer Intensive GENE-7420-W 6
Fall - Year 2 Course # Credit Hours
Medical Genetics Seminar I GENE-7303-R 3
Seminar in Genetic Counseling I GENE-7304-R 1
Biochemistry GENE-7315-R 2
Emerging Clinical Specialties GENE 7343-R 1
Professional Issues in GC II GENE-7320-R 1
Clinical Practicum IV GENE-7407-W 3
Research Project GENE-7450-M 6
Monday Afternoon Discussion 0
Peer Issues in Genetic Counseling 0
Total Semester Credit Hours: 17
Spring - Year 2 Course # Credit Hours
Medical Genetics Seminar II GENE 7303-R 3
Seminar in Genetic Counseling II GENE-7304-R 1
Case Management Practicum GENE-7312-R 1
Interview and Counseling Based Models GENE-7348-R 2
Clinical Practicum V GENE-7408-W 3
Clinical Practicum VI GENE-7409-W 3
Research Project GENE-7450-M 6
Monday Afternoon Discussion 0
Peer Issues in Genetic Counseling 0
Total Semester Credit Hours: 19