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What is the application process?

A: All interested students should submit their application online through the links provided on our website. The Admissions Committee reviews all applications and invites the top candidates to come to Rutgers for an in-person interview.

I am a NJ resident. Is there in-state tuition?

A: Yes! Our program is the only genetic counseling training program in NJ and we are happy to offer in-state tuition to New Jersey residents.

Will I be eligible to sit for the ABGC board exam upon graduation?


A: Yes! Graduates of the Rutgers GCMP program are Board Eligible.

How big is the Rutgers genetic counseling program?

A: Our incoming class for hte Fall of 2017 consists of six students. Our program will accept approximately 6-8 students per year.

What makes this program special?

A: Lots of things! Being the only genetic counseling program in NJ makes us pretty special! This allows us to utilize a variety of clinical, research, and industry settings for our students. Through Rutgers we are able to capitalize on the resources of both the Graduate School-New Brunswick (GSNB) and also the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS). Our students are also given the opportunity to train under a variety of genetic counselors employed in a range of work environments. Finally, as a new program, our students will have the opportunity to continue to shape this innovative program and make contributions that could have a lasting positive impact.

I heard the application process can be competitive. What can I do to strengthen my application?

A: It is true that most genetic counseling programs receive many applications for a limited number of spots. However, there are things one can do to increase his/her chances of getting invited for an interview. The most competitive applicants have a GPA of 3.2 or greater and strong GREs scores (60th percentile or greater). In addition, these applicants demonstrate an understanding of the profession. This is often accomplished by spending time job shadowing a genetic counselor and/or exploring the profession in other ways. Other experiences such as counseling activities, lab work, etc. are often very helpful in strengthening one's application.

What does "New Program status" mean?

A: Genetic counseling graduate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). When programs are initially accredited they receive "Accredited, New Program Status".

Is there an option to enroll in the program part-time?

A: At this time, enrollment in the Rutgers GCMP is full-time.

Are scholarships available for incoming students?

A: Yes, we are pleased to offer merit-based scholarships to incoming students. The scholarship opportunities are likely to vary from year to year. More information about available scholarships will be discussed at the time of interviews. Rutgers students will also be eligible to work with our financial aid department for loan assistance.

 

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contact us Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Department of Genetics
Life Sciences Building
145 Bevier Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: (848) 445-9637
eMail: joines@dls.rutgers.edu