Program Curriculum

97-72 GFeditedThe following 58 credits are required in the program:

Course #TitleSemester Credit
Year 1
GENC 5004Introduction to Molecular Genetics and Genomics3
GENC 5011Clinical Observation I1
GENC 5013Counseling Theory and Skills for Genetic Counselors3
GENC 5022Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling I2
GENC 5043Medical Genetics I3
GENC 5052Writing and Critical Analysis2
GENC 5140Research Methods in Genetic Counseling I1
GENC 5251Genetic Counseling Ethics I2
GENC 5108Human Embryology and Dysmorphology2
GENC 5141Research Methods in Genetic Counseling II1
GENC 5153Counseling and Interviewing3
GENC 5172Reproductive Genetic Counseling2
GENC 5242Cancer Genetics2
GENC 5021Clinical Observation II1
GENC 5142Human Cytogenetics2
GENC 5513Novice Clinical Clerkship3
GENC 5700Thesis in Genetic Counseling2
Year 2
GENC 5162Population Genetics2
GENC 5351Genetic Counseling Ethics II1
GENC 5183System Disorders for the Genetic Counselor3
GENC 5312Public Health Genomics1
GENC 5181Teratology1
GENC 5613Intermediate Clinical Clerkship3
GENC 5700Thesis in Genetic Counseling2
GENC 5262Metabolic Genetics2
GENC 5232Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling II1
GENC 5322Medical Genetics II2
GENC 5713Advanced Clinical Clerkship3
GENC 5700Thesis in Genetic Counseling2

A letter grade of “B” or better is required for the student to progress in the program.  A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to earn the degree.

Successful completion of all the academic requirements, including each of the fieldwork clerkships and an individual master’s thesis in an approved topic, earns the candidate the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and entitles him or her to apply for eligibility with the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) to sit for the national board examination required to become a certified genetic counselor.  Please see program handbook for all degree requirements.