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Prerequisite Courses

Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent.  Preferred degrees are in biology, genetics, chemistry, and/or psychology, nursing, or related fields. All listed courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited post-secondary academic institution and must fulfill all college requirements regarding acceptance of transfer credit.  Applicant must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required undergraduate level coursework.

Required Prerequisite Course Work
A minimum of two quarters or one semester in each of the following subject areas:
- Biology
- Chemistry
- Psychology
- Genetics (should include coverage of Mendelian and molecular genetics)
- Cell or Molecular Biology
- Biochemistry
- Statistics
- Laboratory Course (Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry)
- Technical or Scientific Writing (If you are unable to obtain this course as part of your undergraduate degree, an online certificate may be acceptable. Contact the program director to approve certificate courses. Documented technical/scientific writing experience may substitute for the requirement.)
Recommended Prerequisite Course Work
- Abnormal Psychology
- Research Methods
- Human Anatomy
- Human or Vertebrate Physiology
- Human Genetics
- Child Development
- Medical Terminology; Greek and Latin usage in English Language

A competitive applicant will possess:

  • An understanding of the profession obtained through, but not limited to: internship, job shadowing, reading, and interviewing genetics counselors.
  • Training and experience (paid or volunteer) in one or more of the following five areas (examples given are not all inclusive—if you have questions about a setting, population, or your role, contact us):
  1. Counseling: crisis/suicide hotline, domestic violence center, advocate for victims of sexual violence, crisis pregnancy center, resource and referral service;
  2. Peer counseling: resident assistant, camp counselor, etc…;
  3. Direct client/patient care: center or program for people with genetic disorders, disabilities, mental illness or behavioral problems and medically fragile in outreach, community, treatment, rehabilitation, or chronic care facilities;
  4. Educating: children to adult students, special needs populations, community groups; and
  5. Advocating: patient advocate in a hospital or community program, non-profit agencies or state programs serving individuals and/or families with genetic disorders, disabilities, or chronic medical conditions.

Special considerations: Qualified applicants who are also Arkansas residents will be given priority.

*Applicants who are not United States citizens or permanent resident aliens or for whom English is not their native language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  A total score of at least 570 on the TOEFL or the equivalent score of 230 on the computer version, with no less than 55 on the paper version or 20 on the computer version in each of the three subtest scores (listening, structure/writing, and reading) that comprise the total score must be earned for the applicant to be eligible for consideration for admission.  An official report of these scores must be received by the Graduate School prior to the application due date.  To obtain the Bulletin of Information to register to take the TOEFL, write directly to:  The Education Testing Service, P O Box 6155, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6155.  Their web address is:  ets.org.

If an applicant is basing his/her eligibility on credits from a foreign university, the official transcript or copy must first be evaluated by the Education Credential Evaluators, Inc., P O Box 514070, Milwaukee, WI, 53203-3470.  Their web address is:  ece.org.  An official copy of the evaluation from the Education Credential Service must be submitted with the application.  A fee list and application forms for this service may be obtained from the above agency.