M.S. in Genetic Counseling
Our M.S. program in Genetic Counseling, established in 1990, prepares students for careers in all areas of clinical practice and non-traditional roles such as laboratory, metabolic and industry genetic counseling. The VCU Genetic Counseling Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). We have over 90 graduates working in all areas of Genetic Counseling. Our graduates also hold leadership positions in the NSGC and ABGC. Our graduates are well prepared to enter the fast paced and constantly changing world of the Genetic Professional. The department also provides training in human and medical genetics for graduate students, laboratory fellows and residents - - providing a rich and diverse atmosphere for learning in this complex and ever changing field.
The Master of Science in Genetic Counseling is a full-time, on campus program (21 months). The program requires 60 total credits of didactic, clinical and research activity. As part of their course work, students begin clinical experience in the first semester and formal clinical rotations in the spring semester of the first year and continue through both semesters of the second year. Students are required to engage in clinical experiences during the intervening summer as well. The student’s supervisors and the genetic counseling program director work together in mentoring the student. Students are provided ongoing evaluation regarding their progress, both academically and clinically.
The M.S. in Genetic Counseling degree requires 21 months/two years of study for students entering with a B.S. or B.A. degree, and must be completed within five years. No departmental funding is available for M.S. students; however, M.S. students that are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are encouraged to seek financial aid through the VCU Office of Financial Aid. Graduates are eligible for board certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and are well prepared to enter the job market.
Students who anticipate seeking financial aid are encouraged to go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov to begin paperwork at the time of application.
Please follow the links to the right for additional information or view a full description of the M.S. in Genetic Counseling graduate program.