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In order to become a Certified Genetic Counselor (CGC©), one must obtain a Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from an ACGC Accredited Program. Once all requirements have been met, one may apply and sit for the Certification Examination.
At this time, there are no other pathways through which a person can become a Certified Genetic Counselor.
Applicants to accredited master degree programs in genetic counseling must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate institution prior to applying. Most often individuals that are interested in pursuing a career in genetic counseling are those with a prior interest in or a baccalaureate degree in medical sciences, psychology or healthcare. However, undergraduate degrees in these areas are not required for entrance into an accredited master’s degree program in genetic counseling.
For more information about the genetic counseling profession, visit the National Society of Genetic Counselors at www.nsgc.org.
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