About the UAGCGP

The Genetic Counseling Graduate Program at the University of Arizona (UAGCGP) is a new and exciting graduate program offered at UA. The UAGCGP is a graduate program with the UA Graduate College, with an academic home in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and an administrative home in the Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine. Students who complete this 22 month program will graduate with a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling, preparing them for a career in this rapidly expanding field. Our program combines classroom-directed instruction with real-world experience in the clinical setting working with practicing genetic counselors and physicians. The first UAGCGP class consists of a cohort of five students who started in the fall of 2019.

Our students will benefit from UA’s rich biomedical research and clinical training programs in both Tucson and Phoenix. With campuses and medical schools in both cities, students will have the opportunity to train with clinicians, researchers, and experts in the field of genetics and genomic medicine.

The UA previously had a genetic counseling graduate program, which operated from 1995 to 2005 and consistently received outstanding academic reviews. Graduates of the program have gone on to successful careers in genetic counseling, working in healthcare, academia, and private industry. The GCGP has been re-established at UA with strong administrative support and significant progress in the fields of genetics and precision medicine in the UA Health Sciences. The Precision Health Initiative at UAHS and the Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine have pivoted the UA to a national leadership position in genetics and precision medicine. 

Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

The mission of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM) is to provide pre- and post-doctoral, medical and graduate education in an interdisciplinary environment through research activities, to advance knowledge of biological structure as related to function and disease from the molecular level to the whole organism. Our expertise encompasses cellular, molecular, and developmental biology, genetics, bioinformatics, toxicology, parasitology, and neurobiology, with a strong emphasis in imaging. Our research faculty are highly collaborative and take multidisciplinary approaches to their research.

Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine

The goal of the Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine (TCAG2M) is to advance the application of genetics and genomic biology to improve healthcare delivery for the people of Arizona. TCAG2M supports outstanding translational and clinical programs into the etiology of disease, and the development of new approaches to manage these conditions in the clinic. To achieve this goal, TCAG2M has created divisions that specifically advance topical areas of translational and clinical relevance.

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.

Contact Information
Program Director

Dee Quinn, MS, CGC
520.626.7445
quinn@pharmacy.arizona.edu

Associate Program Director

Valerie Schaibley, PhD
520.626.1621
vschaibley@email.arizona.edu

Program Coordinator

Kathy Ben
520.626.2713 or 520.626.7406
kben@email.arizona.edu