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The University of South Carolina Genetic Counseling Program matriculated its first students in 1985, as the 10th program in the United States and the first in the southeastern region. Now one of 37 programs in the nation, the Program has reached a level of maturity with over 225 genetic counselors graduated, many of whom are leading the profession today. The core faculty and clinical rotation faculty are committed to mentoring genetic counseling students in this special dimension of healthcare.

The two year curriculum includes course work, clinical rotations, and a research-based thesis. Students are afforded a wide range of clinical opportunities in prenatal, pediatric and adult settings as well as specialty clinics through our clinical rotation network. International rotations are encouraged.

In 1991 and 1998, the Program received rare “Commendation for Excellence” citations from the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education. The Program was awarded American Board of Genetic Counseling accreditation in 2000 and reaccreditation in 2006. Most recently, the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling re-accredited the Program for the maximum eight year period, 2014-2022.

We invite you to explore the University of South Carolina Genetic Counseling Program through this site. Please also visit the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the American Board of Genetic Counseling websites to learn more about the profession. Check out the latest  U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition projections for genetic counselors. The future is bright for genetic counselors!