To become a certified genetic counselor, individuals must graduate from a master’s program accredited by the Accreditation Counselor for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) and pass a certification examination given by the American Board of Genetic Counselors. The two accredited programs in Indiana which provide a master’s degree in genetic counseling are Indiana State University in Terre Haute and Indiana University in Indianapolis.
Most individuals pursuing a career in genetic counseling begin with a baccalaureate degree in medical sciences, biology, psychology, among others possible degrees with specific courses in genetics, upper-level sciences, math etc. Individuals are encouraged to obtain experience in advocacy as well as shadowing or an internship with genetic counselors. Opportunities for obtaining advocacy experience include volunteering with a crisis center or center for domestic violence among other possibilities. You can use our INGC website to find genetic counselors in Indiana or the National Society of Genetic Counselors ( NSGC ) website to find genetic counselors around the country willing to have individuals shadow them.
Application requirements vary by school and typically include your undergraduate transcript, GRE scores, a personal statement, and letters of recommendation. The due dates for applications also vary, but are typically between December and February. Most programs interview selected applicants in the spring followed by a national Match Day (applicants notified of acceptance or denial from every program in the country) in late April for the classes beginning in the following Fall.
Helpful resourced include:
- National Society of Genetic Counselors – www.nsgc.org
- Accreditation Counsel for Genetic Counseling – www.gceducation.org
- American Board of Genetic Counselors – www.abgc.net
Directors of the Genetic Counseling Programs in Indiana