Genetic Counseling

Jointly offered by the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and UConn Health.*

The Department of Allied Health Sciences under the umbrella of the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources and the Institute for Systems Genomics offers a Master’s Degree in Genetic Counseling. This degree program provides innovative and interprofessional training for tomorrow’s leaders in the translation of genomics and precision medicine. With the availability of NextGenCT training facilities on the University of Connecticut campuses, students will learn the technological advances they will later need to understand and interpret for their patients and communities. Skills development in scientific communication, ethical considerations, clinical applications, literature appraisal, and leadership assures graduates are effective, productive, and compassionate professionals. The program is not offered on a part-time basis and includes required summer components. Courses and training take place on the Storrs and Farmington campus and online. Practical training requires travel to external affiliated hospitals, centers and clinics across Connecticut (transportation may be available in some instances).

Requirements. Except in special cases, genetic counseling students will complete required coursework and clinical rotations within 24 months. The successful graduate student will have established a three-faculty member Advisory Committee and completed the requisite total number of academic credits predetermined by program administration inclusive of course work, laboratory training, professional development, clinical rotations and a capstone project as outlined in a plan of study. In addition, M.S. in Genetic Counseling candidates will have accumulated sufficient logbook cases for the American Board of Genetic Counseling examination eligibility.

Specific course requirements are determined by both program leadership and the student’s advisory committee consistent with requirements specified by the Graduate School. The typical plan of study includes conceptual coursework, laboratory training, professional development and practical coursework (clinical rotation experience). Didactic and practical courses are predetermined by program administration. Electives may be selected from a menu of options in consultation with the students’ academic advisor and advisory committee. The plan of study has been designed based on domains needed to gain mastery in the body of knowledge of the field of genetic counseling. Coursework is selected to assure students can apply knowledge of genetic principles and genomic technologies to improve quality of health-care through the diagnosis, screening, intervention or prevention of disease and the maintenance of health. The exit exam timing and format are determined and designed by the Advisory Committee to reinforce the discipline-specific competency and provide an evaluation tool for relevant problem-solving abilities.

The Genetic Counseling curriculum meets the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) requirements in that student training supports the 22 practice‚Äźbased competencies within four domains: Genetics Expertise and Analysis; Interpersonal, Psychosocial and Counseling Skills; Education; and Professional Development and Practice. A content component common to all health professions lies in both public health and the ethical, legal, social implications of genetics.

* This program is not accepting applicants at this time.