Prerequisites

Required:

Undergraduate course prerequisites include successful completion (one semester) of each:

  • Genetics
  • Statistics
  • Biochemistry

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

Additional Information Regarding Pre-requisites:

Pre-requisite courses (Genetics, Statistics, and Biochemistry) are to be taken prior to applying. Embryology may be taken prior to admission to the program. For example, many incoming students opt to take this during the Summer prior to the start of the Fall semester.

It is strongly recommended that applicants complete ALL pre-requisites at the time of application submission. Submitted applications that do not include pre-requisites may be determined to not be eligible for admissions review.

Applicants who are in the process of taking pre-requisites that are to be completed in December are advised to note this in the application (for example, in the education section of the resume or in supplemental documents). It is the responsibility of the applicant to retrieve the grades in these courses as soon as they are posted, and upload a digital copy to your online application.

Submitted applications that do not include documentation of enrollment in all pre-requisites courses are subject to not be reviewed by the admissions committee. On a case-by-case basis, the committee may consider a review of an application for an applicant scheduled to take a remaining pre-requisites past the application deadline. Our committee will not review applications with two or more pre-requisites that are due to be completed after the application deadline.

Highly recommended:

Many applicants have questions about how to make their application most competitive. See below for recommended experiences that are strongly encouraged.

  • Job shadowing or other genetic counseling experiences that familiarize an applicant with the genetic counseling profession is highly recommended.
  • Counseling experience is strongly encouraged. Some examples include volunteering with individuals experiencing crisis, various hotline work, working with individuals with disabilities, and working with support groups.
  • A GPA of 3.2 or higher is recommended