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GENC 5004—Introduction to Molecular Genetics and Genomics
Background in the principles of molecular genetics and genomics and familiarizing the student with the laboratory techniques now available.  The course will also assist students in developing the problem-solving skills required to extract and utilize genetic information from patients and families. Acceptance into the Genetic Counseling program is the prerequisite.  (4 Credits, Lecture and Interactive Video)

GENC 5011—Clinical Observation I
Rotation through individual outpatient genetic clinics or laboratories to lay a foundation for a student’s more active participation in later clinical genetic counseling.  (1 Credit, Clinical)

GENC 5013—Counseling Theory and Skills for Genetic Counselors
An overview of the psychological and sociological impact that genetic disease and birth defects have on affected individuals, families, and society at large. The theories of psychosocial counseling that represent the core of the profession will be explored.  In addition, the students will examine their own beliefs and backgrounds, and understand how these may impact their ability to provide genetic counseling.  Prerequisite for this course is acceptance into the program.  (3 Credits, Lecture, Clinical Skills Lab)

GENC 5021—Clinical Observation II
Continuation of rotations through individual outpatient genetics clinics to lay the foundation for a student’s more active participation in later clinical genetic counseling.  Prerequisite is admission into the program.  (1 Credit, Clinical)

GENC 5022—Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling I
An introduction to the profession of genetic counseling. It will provide students with information necessary to function in that role in a variety of settings. Teaching will include lectures, observations, demonstrations, and special independent and group assignments.  Topics include:  history of the profession, obtaining accurate family histories/recording accurate pedigrees, multicultural sensitivity, and constructing an overall genetic counseling session. (2 Credits, Lecture)

GENC 5043—Medical Genetics I
Instruction in Mendelian Inheritance, atypical patterns of inheritance of human disease, the pathogenesis of genetic conditions and birth defects, the importance of the field of genetics in clinical medicine, including the basics of genetic screening, testing, and treatment.  In addition, the role of chromosomes in heredity will be introduced and human hereditary disease mechanisms will be discussed in detail.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

GENC 5052—Writing and Critical Analysis
A course in scientific writing, medical documentation and critical analysis of both the medical literature and lay articles/patient information as it pertains to genetic counseling.  Prerequisite: acceptance into the program.  (2 Credits, Lecture and Interactive Video)

GENC 5108—Human Embryology and Dysmorphology
This course explores normal human development, causes for abnormal embryological development, the study of dysmorphology, and the embryological timing for abnormal development, including congenital malformations.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

GENC 5141—Research Methods in Genetic Counseling
Introduction to research methodologies in genetic counseling.  Students focus on developing research questions; reviewing the literature; methodology, and data analysis plans for their independent research or thesis project; and writing and submitting an IRB proposal.  Prerequisites:  successful completion of GENC 5052 Writing & Critical Analysis, acceptance in the program, a research advisor, and a research topic.  (1 Credit, Lecture and Interactive Video)

GENC 5142—Human Cytogenetics
Graduate instruction in all aspects of human cytogenetics including chromosomal anomalies, rearrangements, uniparental disomy, and epigenetics, with particular relevance to the genetic counseling profession.  The course content will include human chromosome structure, behavior, nomenclature, clinical chromosomal abnormalities, as well as current cytogenetic laboratory methods covering both their capabilities and their limitations.  (2 Credits, Lecture and Interactive Video)

GENC 5153—Counseling and Interviewing
Builds on GENC 5013; continues to explore the psychological, familial, and sociological impact that genetic disease, developmental disability and birth defects have on individuals, families and society. More time is devoted to application of learned theory and concepts through role play and standardized patients at the clinical skills center.  (3 Credits, Lecture, Clincal Skills Lab)

GENC 5162—Population Genetics
The basics of genetic epidemiology and population genetics, including interpretation of large-scale, population based genetic studies.  The course will introduce and teach students to use probability theory, Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, segregation and linkage analysis, and the Bayesian Theorem.  (2 Credits, Lecture and Interactive Video)

GENC 5172—Prenatal Diagnosis
Prenatal genetic counseling techniques and prenatal diagnostic procedures will be introduced, discussed, and demonstrated.  (2 Credits, Lecture and Interactive Video)

GENC 5181—Teratology
The course will present an overview of teratology.  Information on known and potential human teratogens will be provided.  Students will become familiar with major teratogen references and databases, and will practice strategies for informing patients and providers about teratogen information.  (1 Credit, Lecture and Interactive Video)

GENC 5183—Systems Disorders for the Genetic Counselor
This course will provide the student with an understanding of genetic disorders as they affect multiple body systems. It will cover the natural history and differential diagnosis of disorders. This course is not just about learning theory.  Students will use the information they learned about genetic conditions to evaluate examples of cases that presented a particular birth defect or clinical condition.  (3 Credits, Lecture and Interactive Video)

GENC 5232—Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling II
Instruction specific to the profession of genetic counseling. Topics include: awareness of available genetic services for appropriate patients including clinical, education, and psychosocial support; methods of genetic outreach in rural areas including telemedicine; clinical skill development utilizing difficult clinical cases; and other professional genetic counseling issues, expanding upon the counseling theory and techniques introduced in previous semesters and clinical clerkships.  (1 Credit, Lecture and Interactive Video)

GENC 5242—Cancer Genetics
The genetic basis of inherited cancer and cancer syndromes, with an overview of the development and treatment of these cancers.  In addition, exploration of cancer genetics, patient education, and psychosocial adjustment to presymptomatic testing.  (3 Credits, Lecture and Interactive Video)

GENC 5251—Genetic Counseling Ethics I
Methods of ethical case analysis through lecture, demonstrations, and problem-based learning.  Focus will be placed on cases/situations that genetic counselors will encounter in everyday employment and other professional areas.  (1 Credit, Lecture and Interactive Video)

GENC 5262—Metabolic Genetics
Information on inborn errors of metabolism: diagnosis, biochemical characteristics, inheritance, and treatment options.  (2 Credits, Lecture and Interactive Video)

GENC 5312—Public Health Genomics
Overview of historical and contemporary issues in public health genomics.  Topics include eugenics; newborn screening; advocacy; health care system and public health service in the US; needs assessments; epidemiology; registries; core functions of public health; gene-environment interactions; emergency preparedness and the role of the regional genetics collaboratives.  (2 Credits, Lecture and Interactive Video)

GENC 5322—Medical Genetics II
This course will provide in-depth information on specialty areas in clinical genetics including psychiatric genetics, ocular genetics, ciliopathies, pharmacogenetics, and immunogenetics.  Time will be devoted to topics of interest as identified by the class.  Lectures will be geared towards practical knowledge for the new, clinical genetic counselor. (2 Credits, Lecture and Interactive Video)

GENC 5351—Genetic Counseling Ethics II
Methods of ethical case analysis through lecture, demonstrations, and problem-based learning.  Focus will be placed on cases/situations that genetic counselors will encounter in everyday employment and other professional areas.  (1 Credit, Lecture and Interactive Video)

GENC 5513—Novice Clinical Clerkship
Provide students with practical experience performing novice level genetic counseling skills. Students will observe and counsel patients under the supervision of board certified genetic counselors and/or medical geneticists. Prerequisite: Successful completion of GENC 5021 Clinical Observation II.  (3 Credits, Clinical)

GENC 5592—Special Topics in Genetic Counseling
Special Topics in Genetic Counseling allows a student to explore areas of practice or the discipline in more depth.  The course may be taken to augment a student’s knowledge for a thesis topic or to enhance clinical skills.  Prerequisites: admission into the program and approval by the program director.

GENC 5613—Intermediate Clinical Clerkship
Provide the student with practical experience performing intermediate level genetic counseling skills. Students will observe and counsel patients under the supervision board certified genetic counselors and/or medical geneticists. Prerequisite: Successful completion of GENC 5513 Novice Clinical Clerkship.  (3 Credits, Clinical)

GENC 5700—Thesis in Genetic Counseling
Independent study for thesis genetic counseling students. Thesis students must register for a total of six semester hours; one to three semester hours per semester. Prerequisite: successful completion of the entire Genetic Counseling program first year curriculum, including GENC 5141 Research Methods in Genetic Counseling.  (6 Credits, Independent Study)

GENC 5713—Advanced Clinical Clerkship
Provide the student with practical experience performing advanced level genetic counseling skills to prepare the student for an entry level genetic counseling job. Students will observe and counsel patients under the supervision board certified genetic counselors and/or medical geneticists. Prerequisite: Successful completion of GENC 5613 Intermediate Clinical Clerkship. (3 Credits, Clinical)