Genetic Counseling

Overview of Profession

Academic Requirements

Important Websites

Academic Requirements

Currently, numerous training programs offer master's degrees in genetic counseling in the United States. Coursework typically includes clinical genetics, population genetics, cytogenetics, and molecular genetics coupled with psychosocial theory, ethics and counseling techniques. Clinical placement in ABGC-approved medical genetics centers is an integral part of the degree requirements. Additional programs accept nurses seeking post-graduate degrees with specialty training in genetics. Search for schools that provide training for this career.

After earning a degree, genetic counselors become certified by sitting for a certification exam administered by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC).

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