To become a certified genetic counselor, individuals must graduate from a master’s program accredited by the Accreditation Council 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 the form below 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.
You must apply through the National Match Service as well as to each individual program. 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
- Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors – www.agcpd.org
Directors of the Genetic Counseling Programs in Indiana
- Indiana State University – Megan Tucker – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Indiana University – Paula Delk – email@example.com
Interested in shadowing a genetic counselor?
To protect patient information, we ask that individuals have a genuine interest in pursuing a career in genetic counseling and are preferably at least enrolled in college/university courses.
If so, please CLICK HERE to arrange for a shadowing opportunity in Indiana.