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Genetic Counseling Schools and Colleges

Genetic counselors hold graduate degrees. Undergraduates interested in preparing for genetic counseling graduate study should major in public health, social work, nursing, biology, or psychology.

Students enrolled in genetic counseling master's degree programs are required to complete counseling techniques, counseling ethics, psychosocial theory, cytogenetics, population genetics, clinical genetics, and molecular genetics courses. Graduate students are also required to complete clinical work.

Genetic counselors are not required to become certified to practice, but the majority complete board-certification. The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) administers board certification. To qualify, genetic counselors are required to hold a graduate degree in genetic counseling from an accredited university, pass exams covering specialized and generalized knowledge, complete supervised clinical hours, and demonstrate proof of participating in 50 or more supervised cases. Genetic counselors are required to recertify every decade by retaking the exams or completing continuing education requirements.

Below you'll find genetic counseling schools, colleges, and universities offering accredited degrees programs and continuing education courses in genetic counseling.
  • University of Cincinnati
    3333 Burnet Avenue ML 4006
    Cincinnati OH, 45229

  • Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis
    420 University Boulevard
    Indianapolis, IN 46202
    (317) 274-7971

  • Virginia Commonwealth University
    906 W. Grace St.
    Richmond, Virginia 23284
    (804) 828-0100

  • University of Arkansas For Medical Sciences
    4301 W. Markham St
    Little Rock, AR 72205

  • University of North Carolina - Greensboro
    1400 Spring Garden Street
    Greensboro, NC 27412
    (336) 334-5662

  • Howard University
    2400 Sixth Street
    NW Washington, DC 20059

  • Northwestern University
    633 Clark Street
    Evanston, IL 60208

  • University of Colorado Denver
    13121 E. 17th Avenue
    Aurora, CO 80045
    (877) 823-3644

  • Sarah Lawrence College
    1 Mead Way
    Bronxville, NY 10708

  • Arcadia University
    450 S. Easton Road
    Glenside, PA 19038

  • University of Texas Health Science Center At Houston
    1866 Southern Lane
    Decatur, GA 30033

  • Wayne State University
    5050 Anthony Wayne Drive
    Detroit, MI 48202
    (313) 577-2424

  • California State University Northridge
    18111 Nordhoff St
    Northridge, CA 91330
    (818) 677-1200

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