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The mission of the Ohio State University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is to train our graduates to be knowledgeable, compassionate, and scholarly genetic counselors.


The Ohio State University College of Medicine Genetic Counseling Graduate Program received new program accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling in 2013 and graduated our first class in May 2016. We are proud that among our graduates who took the ABGC Board Certification Examination in 2016, there was a 100% pass rate (5/5)!

Our program’s curricular goals are to teach our students to:

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge in genetics, genomics, and psychosocial counseling for use in evidence based practice.
  • critically think, evaluate and synthesize information from research, as well as produce their own sound and scientific research related to the genetics profession.
  • show respect and empathy to their patients, peers, learners, supervisors, and other healthcare professionals.
  • achieve positions of leadership within their practice setting, local communities, and national organizations and will provide mentorship to developing genetic counselors.

Our curriculum achieves these goals by providing our students with an integrated student-centered curriculum that incorporates evolving technology in the learning environment. In recognition of the varied opportunities for genetic counselors in today’s medical climate, friends of our program include genetic counselors and other healthcare providers working in industry, practicing telehealth, serving in community and academic settings, and making an impact on public policy. Our course work, thesis component, and clinical experiences provide students with a variety of methods to develop the core skills necessary to become highly competent genetic counselors who can practice in diverse settings. To ensure our graduate program continues to provide the training necessary to meet the demands required of practicing genetic counselors, our faculty, clinical supervisors, and advisory board regularly assesses our rapidly changing profession and adjusts the curriculum accordingly.

Students who enroll in The Ohio State University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program are taught by world renowned professionals from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and other regionally and nationally known clinicians and collaborators. Our clinical supervisors and faculty include national leaders in many professional organizations including: the National Society of Genetic Counselors (former Presidents, Board members, Committee and SIG leaders), the American Board of Genetic Counseling (former President and current board member), the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (current board member), the American Society of Human Genetics (winner of the Carl Allen Award) and the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (former President). Our students work alongside the very individuals who are helping to shape our field and learn the importance of leadership by example.