Curriculum Overview


The GCMP curriculum is designed NR10SMLRClasses6450to provide a challenging, thorough, and well balanced training to our graduate students. The majority of courses have been designed specifically for our genetic counseling students to ensure the effectiveness and specificity of our training. Students will take a four course genetic counseling course that spans both years. Science curriculum includes Human Genetics and Medical Genetics courses, as well as courses designed to emphasize other specialty areas (Reproductive Genetics and Cancer Genetic Counseling). Our program also take advantage of upon the offerings of Rutgers University by including courses offered by other professional schools including GSAPP and the School of Social Work thus demonstrating our approach to cross disciplinary training and the value of exposing our students to a variety of Rutgers resources. The Rutgers GCMP also participates with NJ LEND, a nation-wide program that prepares graduate-level health care students to address the complex needs of children with autism, related disabilities, and other maternal and child health populations.

The program is 58 credits, spanning five continuous semesters. See below for a summary of the curriculum and program structure.

NOTE: Admitted students will be required to take an online embryology course prior to program start date if course was not taken previously.

Fall 1st yearSpring 1st yearSummerFall 2nd yearSpring 2nd year
Foundations of Genetic Counseling Genetic Counseling II: Reproductive Genetic Counseling
Loss Across the Lifespan  Genetic Counseling III: Current and Advanced Topics Genetic Counseling IV: Genetic Counseling in the 21st Century
Principles of Epidemiology Research Methods for Genetic Counseling   Medical Genetics II   
Human Genetics Medical Genetics I   Counseling Techniques for Genetic Counselors II  
Clinical Cancer Genetic Counseling Counseling Techniques for Genetic Counselors      
      Research Research
Lab Rotation Lab and Clinical Rotation Clinical Rotation Clinical Rotation Clinical Rotation

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