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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 24, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Genetic Counseling, MS

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The Genetic Counseling Graduate Program at the University of Pittsburgh is committed to providing cutting-edge training in the complex science of genetics while fostering a strong foundation in counseling. This unique program is constantly evolving to ensure the continued success of graduates entering a dynamic workforce.  Each year between 10 and 12 students are welcomed into the incoming class to be trained by world-renowned faculty.  The Genetic Counseling Program is grounded in three important elements: scientific training in human genetics and genomics, comprehensive clinical experience, and understanding the psychological and social aspects of counseling, with an added focus on integrating up to the minute discoveries in genetics and genomics as well as valuable concepts from other academic disciplines.

The Genetic Counseling Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, Inc. (ACGC), 7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300 McLean, VA  22102; Phone: 703-506-7667.  Our comprehensive program helps students to achieve and often surpass the standards outlined by the ACGC.

Clinical Rotations

Genetic counseling students have the opportunity to participate in patient care at world-renowned medical facilities. They typically see 150-200 cases or more and are exposed to a variety of genetic referral types as well as diverse medical systems.

Rotation schedules are divided into 13 blocks, with each block lasting three weeks. All students will spend three blocks in Cancer genetics, three blocks in Prenatal genetics, three blocks in Pediatric genetics as well as one block in Adult/Specialty genetics, Primary Care, and a thesis focused block.  In addition, students spend three weeks (one block) at an optional rotation site. This allows students the opportunity to select specific training experiences to develop a higher level of expertise based on their interests.

Total Credits: 45

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