Program Curriculum

The UAGCGP is a 22 month Master's degree program. Students will undergo a combination of classroom-directed instruction and practical clinical experiences in order to prepare them for a career in genetic counseling. Over the 2 year program, students will take a total of 65 credit hours, including a 4 credit summer internship that will add to student's overall clinical experiences.

First Year - Fall Semester

Class Units
CMM 518 Fundamental Genetic Mechanisms 3
CMM 585 Embryology, Teratology, and Birth Defects 3
CMM 527 -  Pathophysiology Basics 1

CMM  528 -  Pathophysiology of Integumentary, Respiratory, and Digestive Systems

1

CMM 529 - Pathophysiology of Urogenital and Endocrine Systems                    

1
CMM 600 Introduction to Genetic Counseling Research 1
CMM 519 Introduction to Genetic Counseling 2
GENE 670 Genetics Seminar 2
CMM 594 Clinical Practicum 2
Total 16

 

First Year - Spring Semester

Class Units
CMM 520 Clinical Cancer Genetics 2
CMM 620 Foundations of Medical Genetics 1
CMM 621 Genetic Counseling in Reproductive Health 1

BIOS 576A Biostatistics in Public Health

3
CMM 910 Masters Thesis 2
CMM 595 Genetic Counseling Colloquium 1
GENE 670 Genetics Seminar 2
CMM 594 Clinical Practicum 2
Total 14

 

First Year - Summer Semester

Class Units
CMM 594 Clinical Practicum (8 weeks) 4
Total 4

 

Second Year - Fall Semester

Class Units
CMM 622 Survey of Human Genetic Disorders 3
HPS 535 Multicultural Health Beliefs 3
CMM 521 Molecular Diagnostics and Lab Testing 1
CMM 910 Masters Thesis 2

CMM 623 Contemporary Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling

GENE 670 Genetics Seminar

2

2

CMM 594 Clinical Practicum 4
Total 17

 

Second Year - Spring Semester

Class Units
CMM 695D Advanced Analysis of Human Genetic Disease 3
CMM 595 Genetic Counseling Colloquium 1
CMM 910 Masters Thesis 2
MCB 504  Bioethics 4
CMM 594 Clinical Practicum 4
Total 14

TOTAL UNITS

 

 

65

In addition, completion of the UAGCGP requires evidence that a student has achieved competence in:

  • Integration of knowledge of psycho-social aspects of conditions with a genetic component to promote client well-being.
  • Use of a range of genetic counseling skills and models to facilitate informed decision- making and adaptation to genetic risks or conditions.

This may be accomplished with approval by the DGS (Director of Graduate Studies) by:

  • Audit a course addressing psychosocial issues of death and loss such as PSY 456 Psychology of Death and Loss or a related course, or
  • Submission of an annotated bibliography or literature review on a topic agreed to by faculty advisor or DGS

The UAGCGP Program Director must approve the method that each student will use to exhibit competence of the above components and when they will integrate this into their activities prior to the start of the fall semester of their second year in the program. Students may complete these requirements at any time during the course of the program. Documentation of the completion of one of these activities must be submitted to the UAGCGP prior to graduation.

Course substitutions are permitted with the approval of the UAGCGP Program Director.