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Genetic Counseling: Career for the Future Online Course

Considering genetic counseling as a career? Would you like to learn more about the intricacies of the profession and how to best prepare for graduate education in genetic counseling?
This course is designed for you!

Taught by the genetic counselor faculty of the University of South Carolina Genetic Counseling Program, Genetic Counseling: Career for the Future, is comprised of lectures from genetic counselors, readings from professional literature, and practical activities to help broaden your understanding of the profession and prepare for graduate school. Course topics include genetic counseling as a healthcare profession, including an introduction to various arenas of GC including prenatal, pediatric, cancer, and adult. introductions to clinical, laboratory and research roles, understanding the counselor - patient relationship, exploration of ethical issues and other hot topics, as well as strategies for preparing for graduate education are also covered.

The course is offered online over a twelve week period with 2-3 hours of self-paced activity per week; upon completion you’ll receive a continuing education certificate to add to your resume. There are no prerequisites for the course. Designed as an in-depth exploration of genetic counseling, the course will demonstrate your commitment to genetic counselor education at the same time you become savvy about the profession and considerations for graduate school.

Now Enrolling for Fall 2018-2019!
Genetic Counseling: Career for the Future

Two Fall Sessions:
August 20 - November 11, 2018
September 10 - December 2, 2018

Spring Session:
January 7 - March 31, 2019

Register Here

Here's what students are saying about the course:

"One of my reasons for taking this course was to feel inspired every week and gain further insight into the field of genetic counseling as I prepare for applications, and that is definitely happening! I really appreciate the range of assignments and I think it's a good combination to help structure our learning."

"The workload required for this course is not overwhelming and it has been really fun and interesting. Each week gets me more and more excited for the profession and has really been adding to my drive to become a genetic counselor. I have learned so much already about the little nuances of genetic counseling that I wasn't previously aware of. I am very thankful that you are offering this course and I am so glad that I signed up."

"The work load is just right. Everything we have done has made me more and more excited about working towards my career as a genetic counselor."

"I can tell that you have put a lot of time and effort into making this course as informative, up-to-date, and engaging as an in-person class."

"It's fun to communicate with so many people with different backgrounds. Everyone shares their different experiences and I am constantly learning."

"I've enjoyed reading the articles and responding to others on the discussion board. The videos have been so insightful --hearing from genetic counselors, learning about their jobs, and what excites them has been very meaningful to me."

"With all of the information being online, I can start and stop the work as I please and always find time to do the readings and activities for the week. I really enjoy that the fact that the information comes from such a variety of resources...especially resources that I would have never known about otherwise. All of the articles, websites and videos have been so informative and learning more information about the field has deepened my passion for genetic counseling!"

The future is bright for genetic counselors! The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition predicts 29% growth in the genetic counseling profession over the next ten years. We look forward to exploring the career with you!
You may also be interested in the USC Genetic Counseling Summer Internship!