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Policies & Handbook

Graduate Student Handbook

The MSGC Program is part of Graduate Education within the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (URSMD). Our Graduate Student Trainee Handbook is located at:


Policies can be accessed through the URSMD online Graduate Student Trainee Handbook.

Policies pertaining to withdrawal, academic probation, dismissal, and other important policies can be reviewed in the University of Rochester document Regulations and University Policies Concerning Graduate Studies, available at:

Grading and remediation policies are available at:

The School of Medicine and Dentistry requires satisfactory academic performance and accomplishment in research and coursework for all students. This satisfactory performance is mandatory for continuation in good academic standing in the graduate program. Information regarding trainee support resources and academic support services is available in the Graduate Student Trainee Handbook.

Regarding genetic counseling licensure and scope of practice:

The MSGC program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). Thereby, graduates of the program will be eligible for national certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC).

Many states also regulate the practice of Genetic Counseling at the state level. Every state where licensure is required uses ABGC certification in place of a licensure exam. Other requirements may include, but are not limited to, application and licensing fees, criminal background checks, or reference checks. An up-to-date list of states requiring genetic counseling licensure is available through the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) website:

Currently, New York State does not have professional licensure for genetic counselors. Genetic counselors and genetic counseling graduate students in New York State are expected to practice in accordance with New York State law.