If you’re interested in becoming a genetic counselor, you probably have a lot of questions. Here are some ways to get more information about the profession, graduate programs and life as a GC:

Info on Programs and Admission Requirements

Genetic Counselors in the US obtain a master’s degree from an accredited program. Graduating from an accredited program qualifies you to take the national board exam to become certified, which is usually a requirement for state licensure and employment. For information on what it takes to get in, start here.

You can find a list of accredited graduate programs in the US and Canada here.

The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) also has a collection of helpful information for prospective students here.

Find a GC to Talk to

Many genetic counselors are happy to talk to prospective students to answer questions by email or phone. Some clinics allow students to come shadow for a day, which can really help you get a feel for what the job entails. You can search for genetic counselors who are open to student contact here.

Podcasts about Genetics & Genetic Counseling

A lot of great content about genetics and genetic counseling is being put out in Podcast form. Here are some to check out:

DNA Today

Patient Stories by Grey Genetics

GC Chat

The Beagle has Landed

NSGC Podcast

Blog for Prospective GCs and GC Students

Check out the blogs Maps and Genes and A Caffeinated Genetic Counselor for posts from students on their way to becoming GCs.

Blog posts on Life as a GC

I’ve spent a good amount of time writing about various aspects of genetic counseling. Here are a few of my most relevant posts for students:

What is a Genetic Counselor?

What's the Difference between a Clinical Geneticist and a Genetic Counselor?

Genetic Counselor Awareness Day Interviews

Not All GCs See Patients

A Day in the Life of a Lab Genetic Counselor

Connect on Social Media

Social media can be a great way to connect with the community and find out what’s happening right now. Follow hashtags like #geneticcounselor and #GCchat on twitter and instagram. Following GC programs’ social media accounts is another way to learn about prospective student groups, events, and get a glimpse into life as a GC student. Even if you're located far away from a clinic or program, you can still get involved and connected over the web.

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