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Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

The Genetic Counseling Graduate Program at IU School of Medicine is a 21-month Master’s level program that’s accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). The program offers comprehensive training and hands-on clinical experience to prepare students for a challenging and rewarding career in genetic counseling. The program’s faculty and staff are proud to have contributed to the training of accomplished genetic counselors for more than 25 years.

Students learn through a variety of courses on genetics, laboratory and psychosocial topics as well as through extensive clinical experience and individual clinical research. Graduates of this MS program are accomplished in all areas of genetic counseling, including cancer, prenatal and pediatric genetics, public health genomics and industry, and they have a strong record of success on the ABGC board examination.

Curriculum

The Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program curriculum begins with a fall semester of didactic courses and clinical observations that focus on the basics of human genetics and enable students to begin practical application of skills in clinical case research and preparation, medical documentation, and patient counseling in the clinical setting. Clinical rotations begin in the spring semester of the first year and continue throughout the summer semester and entire second academic year. Successful completion of the Genetic Counseling graduate program at IU School of Medicine leads to a Master of Science degree in medical genetics.

Accomplished Faculty Educators

Students in this program are supervised by supportive, experienced, licensed certified genetic counselors and board-certified medical geneticists. The curriculum offers deep clinical experience, which requires active participation in all aspects of the case preparation, counseling and follow-up as well as experience across numerous specialty areas, including pediatrics, cancer, prenatal diagnostics, metabolism, cardiovascular genetics, neurogenetics, and more.

Faculty Spotlight

Paula R. Delk, MS

Paula R. Delk, MS

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical & Molecular Genetics
Wilfredo Torres-Martinez, MD

Wilfredo Torres-Martinez, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medical & Molecular Genetics

Clinical Facilities

Designed to be completed entirely in Indianapolis for students who choose to do so, this MS program is situated in the heart of the IU Health Medical Campus in Indianapolis. Academic facilities are a short walk away from three major hospitals, clinical rotation sites. Prenatal and cancer specialty clinics on the St. Vincent Hospital Campus and Community Health Network in northern Indianapolis as well as cancer specialty clinics at Franciscan St. Francis Health to the city’s south also serve as busy training sites for students in this program.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Estimated total tuition and fees for this two-year graduate program based on the 2016-2017 tuition rate is approximately $20,110 for in-state students and $48,800 for out-of-state students. Parking permits require an additional fee. Students admitted through the 2018 Genetic Counseling Admissions Match will be awarded a scholarship of $5000 in both their first and second years of study. A limited number of student employment opportunities may be available, including the possibility of work-study positions. Additional job opportunities are available on the medical campus and surrounding community. Financial aid and scholarship information is available through the IUPUI Office of Student Financial Aid Services and the Office of Student Scholarships.

Accreditation

The Genetic Counseling graduate program at IU School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC), 4400 College Blvd., Ste. 220, Overland Park, KS 66211 (913-222-8668). Information on careers in genetic counseling is available from the National Society of Genetic Counselors (312-321-6834).