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The overall goal of the UCLA M.S. in Genetic Counseling program is to train well-rounded genetic counselors in clinical genomic medicine who are equipped with the critical thinking skills to guide the evolving field of genetic counseling in this new era of precision health.
Christina Palmer, MS, PhD, LCGC Program Director
“Our vision is to increase diversity in the genetic counseling profession and engage underrepresented minority communities to address health disparities so that all communities and populations have access to genetic counseling and genomic medicine.”- Christina Palmer, MS, PhD, LCGC
UCLA is located in the most diverse city in the United States which means that we are privileged to know and work with people from different backgrounds which enhances the quality of the program. Additionally, UCLA is one of the few universities to have a medical school, law school, business school, nursing school, plus it is a beautiful campus.
This 21-month program integrates strong academic grounding, direct fieldwork experiences with diverse patient populations, and independent research to prepare graduates for the dynamic field of genetic counseling. Our program faculty consists of genetic counselors, geneticists and other clinicians, ethicist, to provide top quality and well-rounded training to our genetic counseling students.
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The objectives of this master’s program are to train diverse cohorts of genetic counseling students to:
Application deadline: February 1, 2020Admission limited to: Fall applications
These objectives will be achieved through didactic coursework taught by faculty with expertise in genetic counseling, genetics, and bioethics. Additionally, the program has a master’s research project as the capstone requirement, fieldwork experiences supervised by certified genetic counselors and geneticists in a broad array of settings with diverse patient populations and healthcare professionals, and genetic counselor role models as leadership mentors.
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UCLA Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program has achieved Candidacy for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) gceducation.org. Achieving Candidate status demonstrates progress towards accreditation. Having Candidate status does not guarantee accreditation.