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MSGC program components include didactic courses, clinical/fieldwork training, thesis research projects, and supplemental learning experiences. As students progress through the program, they develop and demonstrate achievement of a wide range of critical genetic counseling skills and competencies. Student achievement of the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) Practice-Based Competencies (PBCs) are evaluated for throughout the program.

Students are required to successfully complete all of the following in order for the Master’s degree to be granted:

  • Completion of all required didactic courses (42 credits)
  • Completion of 5 clinical/fieldwork rotations (15 credits)
  • Completion of an acceptable master’s research project (6 credits)
    • This includes both a passed oral exam and an acceptable thesis
  • Participation in required supplemental learning activities

Curriculum includes:

Fall 1st Year

GNC 420: Foundations in Medical Genetics, 5 credits

GNC 403: Embryology & Reproductive Genetics, 3 credits

GNC 430: Foundations of Genetic Counseling, 2 credits

GNC 410: Genetics Bioethics, 2 credits

BST 463: Introduction to Biostatistics, 3 credits

Spring 1st Year

SMD Medical Education course: Molecules to Cells, 8 credits (course begins off-calendar in early January)

GNC 497: Genetic Counseling in Clinical Practice, 2 credits

GNC 447: Client-Centered Genetic Counseling, 2 credits


GNC 465: Medical Genetics by Subspecialty, 4 credits (course ends late July)

GNC 491: Thesis I, 2 credits

GNC 501: Clinical Rotation/Fieldwork I (11 weeks, ends late July)*

Fall 2nd Year

GNC 467: Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling, 2 credits

GNC 494: Special Topics in Clinical Genetics, 1 credit

NSG 429: Diversity and Equity in Health Care, 3 credits

GNC 511: Genetic Counseling Case Seminar I, 1 credit

GNC 492: Thesis II, 2 credits

GNC 502: Clinical Rotation/Fieldwork II (8 weeks)*

GNC 503: Clinical Rotation/Fieldwork III (8 weeks)*

Spring 2nd Year

GNC 500: Biopsychosocial Family Experiences with Genetic Conditions, 3 credits

GNC 512: Genetic Counseling Case Seminar II, 1 credit

GNC 493: Thesis III, 2 credits

GNC 504: Clinical Rotation/Fieldwork IV (8 weeks)*

GNC 505: Clinical Rotation/Fieldwork V (8 weeks)*

MSGC Program Course Descriptions

*Clinical Rotations/Fieldwork: Each student is expected to complete 5 clinical rotation/fieldwork experiences (Placements I-V) in order to complete the MSGC program, for a total of 15 credit hours. Each student will have all 3 core rotations in: Pediatric Genetics; Reproductive (Prenatal) Genetics; and Cancer Genetics. Each student is also required to have 2 of the following elective rotations: Ocular Genetics; Adult Medical Genetics (includes Cardiogenetics); Neurology/Neuromuscular Genetics; Industry/Lab.

The program’s Clinical Rotation/Fieldwork placement sites include:

Required supplemental learning activities include:

  • Genetic Counseling Leadership Seminar Series, throughout length of the program
  • Genetic Counseling Journal Club (monthly), throughout length of the program
  • Attendance at Genetic Counseling Case Seminar I and Genetic Counseling Case Seminar II courses, Fall and Spring of 1st year
  • Interdivisional Genetics Conference (weekly), Summer through Spring of 2nd year
  • 2 Days of Clinical Observation with a URMC Genetic Counselor, Fall of 1st year
  • Laboratory Fieldwork with URMC Cytogenetics and Array Labs (2 weeks), 1st year
  • Day Observation with URMC Social Work, Fall of 1st year
  • Thesis Development Workshop, March-April of 1st year
  • Community Engagement Summer Programs – this includes both a 40-hour Community Engagement Experience and Camp
  • Advances in Genetic & Genomic Testing Seminar Series, Spring of 2nd year
  • Employment Preparation Workshop, 2nd year  
  • Certification Exam Preparation Workshop, Spring of 2nd year  

Supplemental Learning Activities Descriptions

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