Genetic Counseling

Genetic counselors are trained in medical genetics and counseling to help patients make decisions pertaining to their genetic health. They interpret genetic testing results and collaborate with other health care providers to guide patients and families through care related to inherited conditions. Genetic counselors typically work in a hospital or clinic and often serve prenatal, pediatric, and cancer patients, among others.


Student Resources

      Professional Associations and Accreditation

      Entrance Exam

      Some genetic counseling programs require the Graduate Record Exam as an entrance exam. Learn more about the GRE here .

      Selected Regional Programs


      Important Note:

      Consult the admissions/application web pages of the professional programs for information on required pre-requisite courses and admissions tests, application procedures, and application deadlines. Some professional/graduate programs will not accept AP or CLEP credits, online courses, or correspondence courses for the core science and math pre-requisite requirements. Many programs also require that all pre-requisite coursework be completed within a certain period of time, e.g., within 5 years prior to application. Policies vary by school and program. Be sure you know the requirements