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Genetic Counseling

Virginia Commonwealth University

24 months
Duration
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
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About

The goals of the Genetic Counseling program at Virginia Commonwealth University are competency in genetic counseling, eligibility for certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling, preparation for careers in genetic counseling and human genetics and genomics.

Overview

Program goals

  • Successful candidates of the Genetic Counseling program at Virginia Commonwealth University will demonstrate competency in all four genetic counseling domains: I – genetic expertise and analysis, II – interpersonal, psychosocial, and counseling skills, III – education and IV – professional development and practice.

Program objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of human, medical and public health genetics and genomics and their related sciences
  • Apply knowledge of genetic principles and understand how they contribute to etiology, pathophysiology, clinical features, disease expression, natural history recurrence risk, clinical management and disease prevention
  • Apply knowledge of genetic principles to understanding of differential diagnosis, genetic testing, genetic test report interpretation and population screening

Student learning outcomes

  • Competency in practice: The candidate should demonstrate development of competency in the responsible practice of genetic counseling. This will be assessed in the clinical setting by certified genetic counselors and medical geneticists. The assessment is based upon the core clinical competencies established by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling. These competencies are documented with written and oral evaluations at the completion of each of the clinical rotations by the rotation supervisor. 
  • General knowledge of sciences: The candidate should demonstrate a general knowledge of the elements of the sciences as related to genetic molecular/cellular bioscience and a detailed knowledge of his or her area of research, including an appropriate familiarity with the research literature. The student is evaluated by academic performance, face-to-face and written evaluation of clinical performance in multiple rotations by multiple supervisors and annual written and oral exams.
  • Communication skills: The candidate should demonstrate that an appropriate level of oral, written and visual communication skills have been acquired. This is achieved by evaluations of clinical rotations both written and verbal that are based on the competencies established by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling and the scope of practice as set forth by the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Embryology
  • Human Genetics
  • Advanced Human Genetics
  • Classic Papers in Human Genetics
  • Practice of Genetic Counseling
  • Medical Genetics
  • Clinical Genetics 
  • Research in Genetic Counseling
  • Processes in Genetic Counseling 

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

60 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
3

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement
  • Academic documentation
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Additional academic requirements and regulations
  • Foreign transcripts
  • Financial certification
  • Application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25956 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25956 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12618 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Richmond

1071 - 1750 USD /month
Living costs

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