Genetic Counseling Degree Requirements
(M.S.G.C.)

Program Requirements

  • A minimum of 77 credits including coursework practica, clinical internships, and thesis.
  • Satisfactory completion of four clinical internships at approved sites with participation in at least 50 supervised cases.
  • A research paper (thesis) satisfactorily completed during the second year.
  • An overall minimum GPA of 3.0 maintained throughout the program.
  • A grade below “C” is not acceptable toward the degree.
  • Continuous enrollment.

First Year

Fall Semester (21 credits)

  • GC 501 Advanced Genetics (4 credits)
  • GC 502 Medical Physiology (4 credits)
  • GC 503 Laboratory and Diagnostics I (2 credits)
  • GC 509 Introduction to Genetic Counseling (2 credits)
  • GC 510 Practicum (3 credits)
  • PY 521 Research Design, Methods and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • PY 685 Psychopathology and Theories and Techniques for Genetic Counselors (3 credits)

Spring (19 credits)

  • GC 504 Laboratory and Diagnostics II (2 credits)
  • GC 505 Clinical Applications (3 credits)
  • GC 506 Topics in Human Genetics (2 credit)
  • GC 507 Human Embryology and Teratology (4 credits)
  • GC 511 Practicum (3 credits)
  • GC 540 Introduction to Cancer Genetics (2 credits)
  • PY 688 Cultural Bases of Counseling (3 credits)

Second Year

Summer I (7 credits)

  • GC 530 Introduction to Thesis (1 credit)
  • GC 541 Reproductive Genetics (3 credits)
  • GC 542 Clinical Internship (3 credits)

Fall Semester (16 credits)

  • GC 545 Clinical Internship (3 credits)
  • GC 550 Medical Genetics I (3 credits)
  • GC 552 Genetic Counseling Techniques I (2 credits)
  • GC 554 Grand Rounds I (1 credit)
  • GC 558 Thesis I (2 credits)
  • GC 565 Biochemical Genetics (2 credits)
  • HE 575 Family in Contemporary Society (3 credits)

Spring Semester (14 credits)

  • GC 546 Clinical Internship (3 credits)
  • GC 551 Medical Genetics II (3 credits)
  • GC 553 Genetic Counseling Techniques II (2 credits)
  • GC 555 Grand Rounds II (1 credit)
  • GC 556 Topics in Professional Development (2 credits)
  • GC 557 Ethical Issues in Genetic Counseling (1 credit)
  • GC 559 Thesis II (2 credits)

Elective Courses Up to 3 elective courses from the following can be taken:

  • PY 605 Addictive Behaviors: Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders Counseling (3 credits)
  • PY 610 Group Counseling (3 credits)
  • PY 611 Couples and Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • HE 560 Issues in Community and Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • HE 530 Theories of Health Behavior and Health Education (3 credits)
  • HE 573 Human Sexuality (3 credits)
  • HE 578 Stress: Use and Misuse (3 credits)
  • HE 583 Contemporary Health Topics (3 credits)

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