Letter From the Director

Welcome to the University of Arizona Genetic Counseling Graduate Program (UAGCGP). I am pleased that you are interested in the field of genetic counseling and exploring our new program.

The UAGCGP is part of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, and works closely with the UA Health Sciences Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine in the administration of the program. The UAGCGP builds on the strengths of a program offered by the University of Arizona from 1995 through 2005. The strengths of the program include: senior leadership and outstanding course content and clinical rotations. The new program opened its doors to our inaugural class in the fall semester of 2019. Students in our program will have the opportunity to work in diverse clinical settings with genetics professionals in both Tucson and Phoenix. The UAGCGP is the only genetic counseling training program in Arizona, and one of just a few in the Southwestern United States.

Our program is designed to provide a well-rounded education through rigorous and diverse academic and clinical experiences.  Students who graduate from this program will be prepared 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.
  • Educate clients, clinicians and the public about genetic conditions, inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources and research on inherited conditions.

I invite you to explore our website and our program.

Please contact our Program Coordinator, Kathy Ben at kben@email.arizona.edu or myself at quinn@pharmacy.arizona.edu if you have questions.

Sincerely,

Dee Quinn, MS, CGC
Program Director, University of Arizona GCGP
Director, Genetic Counseling Services and Clinical Genetics Educator