Getting Started

Students interested in pursuing a career in genetic counselling can prepare by taking courses in biology, genetics, chemistry, psychology, and statistics. Excellent writing and other communication skills are essential to genetic counselling. Click here for more information.


Graduate Programs

Genetic counsellors will typically have a Master’s degree in Genetic Counselling/Human Genetics. Graduate programs are specifically designed to prepare individuals for a career in genetic counselling. Training within these programs usually includes both coursework and supervised clinical experiences. Many programs also incorporate research and laboratory components.Click here for more information.

Professional Board Certification

Following graduation from an accredited graduate program, individuals are eligible to apply for professional board certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) and/or the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC). Click here for more information.