About the UAGCGP

The Genetic Counseling Graduate Program at the University of Arizona is a graduate program offered through the College of Health Sciences the University of Arizona Health Sciences. Graduates of this two-year long program will graduate from the University of Arizona with a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling, preparing them for a career in this rapidly growing field. Our program combines classroom-based coursework with real-world experience working with practicing genetic counselors and physicians in the clinic. 

The mission of our program is to provide a well-rounded education in genetic counseling through rigorous and diverse academic, clinical and research experiences, preparing the next generation of genetic counselors in an ever- evolving landscape.

Our program's objectives are to prepare graduate students who will be able to:

  • Work as a member of a genetic/genomic health care team
  • Interpret family and medical histories to assess the likelihood of disease occurrence or recurrence.
  • Provide patient counseling to promote informed personal and medical choices, as well as adaptation to the risk or condition.
  • Incorporate issues related to diversity, equity, social justice, and inclusiveness into professional practice
  • Educate clients, clinicians and the public about genetic conditions, inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources and research on inherited conditions.

Please contact our program at GCGPinfo@arizona.edu if you have questions.

College of Health Sciences

The College of Health Sciences was established in 2023 as the sixth college at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. With a focus on graduate programs, the college is committed to training students and developing a workforce of health professionals to serve the needs of Arizona’s communities with compassionate and culturally sensitive care through inclusive and innovative translational research as scientists. The college offers four graduate-level degree programs: Physician Assistant, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Genetic Counseling and Clinical Translational Sciences.

University of Arizona Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is one of the top-ranked academic medical centers in the southwestern United States, garnering more than $400 million in research grants and contracts annually. UArizona Health Sciences comprises the College of Health SciencesCollege of Medicine – PhoenixCollege of Medicine – TucsonCollege of NursingR. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy, and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Additionally, 14 centers are dedicated to excellence in cancer, neurodegenerative and respiratory diseases, pandemic preparedness, precision health care, and pain and addiction. UArizona Health Sciences employs approximately 3,000 people and 900 faculty members, approximately 6,700 students on campuses in Tucson, Phoenix and Gilbert, Arizona.

Program Accreditation

The University of Arizona Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC), located at 7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22102. The ACGC can be reached by phone at 703.506.3266 or through their website at www.gceducation.org.

In accordance with ACGC standard A3.2.2, the UAGCGP outcome measures are:

  • Cumulative board pass rate, first-time test-takers*: 67%
  • ABCG national pass rate, first-time test-takers**: 75%
  • Cumulative board pass rate, overall*: 93%
  • Retention in program: 100%
  • Graduation from program: 100%
  • Job placement in the genetic counseling or related professions*: 100%

*For the past three graduating cohorts

**For exams offered in 2023 and 2024

Contact Information

Program Director

Chris Stallman, MLS, MS, CGC
520.626.3410
Stallman@pharmacy.arizona.edu

Associate Program Director; Research Director

Valerie Schaibley, PhD
520.626.1621
vschaibley@arizona.edu

Program Coordinator, Senior

Kathy Ben
520.626.2713 
kben@arizona.edu