If You Are Interested In Becoming A Genetic Counselor

Genetic counseling is a rapidly growing, in-demand field. In order to become a Certified Genetic Counselor by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC), one must obtain a Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC).  There are currently over 40 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada with master's degree programs in genetic counseling. Some programs are now offering the option of joint doctorate degrees and masters in genetic counseling.  Be sure to investigate all of your options.

For more information about admission requirements and Genetic Counseling graduate programs, visit NSGC's Genetic Counseling Training page. You can also find information on both the ABGC and ACGC websites.


If you are a student pursuing a master’s degree in genetic counseling

PAGC  occasionally likes to feature students from different programs in Pennsylvania. Additionally, in the past we have offered essay contests where an essay prompt is provided.  Winning essays get featured in our PAGC newsletter. We will make graduate programs aware of these offerings as they become available.  Last, we offer a section in our quarterly newsletter where students can promote their thesis work and recruit participants.  Please send an email to if you would like to include information on your research in the next PAGC newsletter.