How to Apply

For admission to the 2019 – 2020 school year, applicants must SUBMIT an online application to the college by December 15, 2018 to be considered for admission.  Once an application is “submitted”, emails will automatically be generated and sent to the references entered on the online application. All supporting documents for applications must be received by  December 31, 2018 for priority consideration for an interview.  We will begin sending offers to interview by January 7, 2019 for those who submitted all documentation by the December 31 deadline. Other applications will be considered once all supporting documentation is received and if interview slots remain.  After January 15, 2019, any applications with missing documents will not be considered for an interview.

Applicants must provide:

  1. UAMS Online Admissions Application: An online application to the college is required and is available on the website.  A non-refundable application fee of $40.00 is required and must accompany the OAA application.
  2. National Matching Services: The University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS) Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is participating in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS) for the fall 2019 admissions cycle. The GC Admissions Match has been established to enhance the process of placing applicants into positions in masters-level genetic counseling programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). The Match uses a process that takes into account both applicants’ and programs’ preferences.  All applicants must first register for the Match with NMS before applying to participating genetic counseling graduate programs. At the conclusion of all program interviews, both applicants and programs will submit ranked lists of preferred placements to NMS according to deadlines posted on the NMS website.  The binding results of the Match will be released to both applicants and programs simultaneously in late April.  Please visit the NMS website ( to register for the match, review detailed information about the matching process, and to view a demonstration of how the matching algorithm works.
  3. Official Transcripts: Arrange for each college or university you have attended to forward an official transcript of your course work. Must have a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.85 on a 4.0 scale.  In special circumstances, the GPA in the major for the last two years, or the GPA for a graduate degree (in a related field) may be considered in lieu of the cumulative undergraduate GPA.  However, each required prerequisite course (see Prerequisites) must be completed with letter grade of “C” or above.
  4. GRE Scores: Submission of official GRE scores to the CHP Office of Admissions, 4301 West Markham, #619, Little Rock, AR 72205. Must be taken within 5 years of application for admission.  No advanced subject score required.  Institution code: 6146.
  5. Documentation of Genetic Counseling Observation: Applicants should job shadow with a genetic counselor on at least one occasion before applying.* Applicants may provide evidence of this shadowing experience by submitting one of the following for each shadowing experience:
    1. the Genetic Counseling Observation Form
    2. a letter or email from the genetic counselor to the UAMS genetic counseling program that includes the following information: clinic name, date observed, hours observed, and comments on the applicant’s professionalism, communication skills, and interpersonal skills; or
    3. a letter of recommendation from a genetic counselor (often only possible for applicants who have spent a significant amount of time with a genetic counselor).

*Applicants who were unable to shadow a genetic counselor prior to submitting an application must submit a written explanation as to why this was not possible and steps taken by the applicant to learn about the genetic counseling profession.

  1. Interview: The most qualified applicants will be contacted after the admissions deadline to arrange an onsite interview.
  2. Essay: An 800-word statement that addresses one’s personal goals and professional career vision to be submitted by uploading it to the “Upload Documents” section of the online application.
  3. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required. Applicants will be required to enter the reference name and email address on the online application.  That information will automatically generate an email to the reference with instructions for completing and submitting the letter.
  4. Resume: A current curriculum vitae or resume is to be submitted by uploading it to the “Upload Documents” section of the online application.
  5. Summary Form: Applicants must complete and submit this form. NOTE: The Admissions Office makes final determination on prerequisites met.  Submit this form by uploading it to the “Upload Documents” section of the online application.  Download the Summary Form
  6. TOEFL Scores, as applicable.  See International Applicants in the Admissions/Academic Information section of the catalog.

State Authorization of Distance Education and Clinical Placement Policy

*Admission Requirements for Foreign, Non-permanent Resident Alien, and Non-native English Speakers:  All applicants who are not United States citizens or permanent resident aliens or for whom English is not their native language must meet additional admission requirements.  Please consult the Admission/Academic Information section of the CHP Catalog.

All accepted applicants must consent to a criminal background check and drug screen prior to matriculation. Background checks and drug screens are required by most clinical sites during the didactic and clinical phase of the program. Matriculation into the program is contingent upon acceptable background check and drug screen results. Adverse results of a background check will be considered on an individual basis and may result in an inability to matriculate into the program. Enrolled students may be randomly drug tested throughout the curriculum and clinical sites may require updated background checks. More information about the requirement will be provided to accepted applicants.