"Bringing together expert faculty from other departments and from the multiple disciplines of genetics and genomics is a mutual gain."
The Genetic Counseling Master's Degree Program at the University of Connecticut is the first and only genetic counseling program in the state. This goal of this specialized degree program is to train professionals with interdisciplinary competency in human genetics, laboratory diagnostics, health care ethics, big data interpretation, and of course at the core of the curriculum is counseling for genetics and its multiple disciplines. This cross-campus degree is designed to be responsive to the quickly changing environment of clinical genetics and to provide dynamic and engaging learning for the students.
Students will learn from expert practitioners in multiple departments in the UConn system including Allied Health Sciences, Psychology, Education, Nursing, the Medical School, and the School of Social Work. Furthermore, professional and research skills will be expanded by having direct access to advanced genomics technology at the Center for Genome Innovation, research in the Institute for Systems Genomics, clinical resources at UConn Health, Jackson Laboratory, Children’s Medical Center, and advocacy opportunities with various CT organizations. A competency-based, interdisciplinary and interprofessional curriculum with novel educational modalities, is designed such that upon degree completion, students will be well prepared for the national board certification examination and will enter the workforce as a genetic counselor successfully able to demonstrate skilled practice within the four competency domains as described by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.
UConn’s Genetic Counseling Program will matriculate its first class of 10 students per year, pending accreditation approval, fall 2020.
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