Master of Science Genetic Counseling Program
Master of Science-Genetic Counseling Program
The Indiana University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is an ACGC-accredited 21-month-long Masters level program designed to provide students with comprehensive training and hands-on clinical experience to fully prepare them for a challenging and rewarding career in genetic counseling. The Program’s faculty and staff are proud to have entered our 25th year of training accomplished and successful genetic counselors. We invite you to explore our website or contact us to learn more about what the program offers.
Students learn through a variety of courses on genetics, laboratory, and psychosocial topics as well as through extensive clinical experience and individual clinical research. Graduates of the IUGCGP are accomplished in all areas of genetic counseling including cancer, prenatal and pediatric genetics, public health genomics and industry, and they have a strong record of success on the ABGC board examination.
The IUGCGP begins with a fall semester of didactic courses and clinical observations from which students emerge with an understanding of the basics of human genetics and the ability to begin practical application of skills in clinical case research and preparation, medical documentation, and patient counseling in the clinical setting. Clinical rotations begin in the spring semester of the first year and continue throughout the summer semester and entire second academic year. Students are supervised by supportive, experienced, licensed certified genetic counselors and board certified medical geneticists. The depth of the clinical experience, which requires active participation in all aspects of the case preparation, counseling and follow-up, as well as the breadth of experience across numerous specialty areas including pediatrics, cancer, prenatal diagnostics, metabolism, cardiovascular genetics, neurogenetics, and teratology among others, assures that graduates of the IUGCGP are well-prepared to begin their genetic counseling career with confidence.
Designed to be completed entirely in Indianapolis for students who choose to do so, the IUGCGP is situated in the heart of the IU Health Medical Campus in Indianapolis, IN. Our offices are just a short walk away from three major hospitals, which house a variety of clinical rotation sites. Prenatal and cancer specialty clinics on the St. Vincent Hospital Campus and Community Health Network in northern Indianapolis as well as cancer specialty clinics at Franciscan St. Francis Health to the city’s south also serve as busy training sites for our students.
Successful completion of the Indiana University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program will lead to a Master of Science degree in medical genetics.
Please feel free to learn more about our program’s students, faculty, curriculum and clinical rotations by exploring the links to the right. For information on the genetic counseling profession, please click here .
Further information on careers in genetic counseling is available from the National Society of Genetic Counselors at (312) 321-6834 or http://www.nsgc.org/