Master of Science Genetic Counseling Program
The Indiana University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is an ACGC-accredited 21-month-long Master’s 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 contributed to the training of accomplished and successful genetic counselors for more than 25 years. 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 .
The Indiana University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC), located at 4400 College Blvd., Ste. 220, Overland Park, KS 66211, web address www.gceducation.org. ACGC can be reached by phone at 913-222-8668.
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/
The Indiana University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is participating in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS) beginning with admissions for Fall 2018. The GC Admissions Match has been established to enhance the process of placing applicants into positions in masters-level genetic counseling programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). The Match uses a process that takes into account both applicants’ and programs’ preferences. All applicants must first register for the Match with NMS before applying to participating genetic counseling graduate programs. At the conclusion of all program interviews, both applicants and programs will submit ranked lists of preferred placements to NMS according to deadlines posted on the NMS website. The binding results of the Match will be released to both applicants and programs simultaneously in late April. Please visit the NMS website at (https://natmatch.com/gcadmissions) to register for the match, review detailed information about the matching process, and to view a demonstration of how the matching algorithm works.
Save the Date! The IU Genetic Counseling Graduate Program (IUGCGP) and the Indiana Network of Genetic Counselors plan to offer our fourth annual GC 101 and IUGCGP Information Session on August 10, 2018 at the Indiana University School of Medicine. This is an opportunity to learn more about the genetic counseling career, the IUGCGP and the graduate program admissions process as well as to meet some of the directors and supervising genetic counselors who work closely with the program.