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There is a concurrent fieldwork placement in each of the two years. Our graduate program will use fieldwork sites at UCLA and in the greater Los Angeles area. There will be flexibility to obtain a fieldwork placement outside of Los Angeles for the summer fieldwork experience. Because Los Angeles is a large metropolitan city, students will find it much easier to get to their fieldwork placements if they have access to a car.
Time spent in fieldwork placement may vary according to the academic year calendar, holidays and guidelines established by the program or placement setting. The overall time requirement is approximately 900 hours of which approximately 450 hours are completed in the first year and 450 hours are completed in the second year of the program. Fieldwork experience in the M.S. in Genetic Counseling program earns course credit via enrollment in HG 231A (1 unit) in the winter of the first year, HG 231B (3 units) in summer of the first year, HG 231C (5 units) in the fall of the second year, HG 231D (5 units) in the winter and HG 231E (5 units) in the spring of the second year.
The clinical training is based on a developmental progression from novice to intermediate then advanced skills. Clinical training begins in Year 1 Winter quarter with observations in a variety of genetic counseling and multispecialty clinics that will expand students’ knowledge of the various specialties in clinical practice. These observations, which do not carry course units, help familiarize students with the range of approaches to providing genetic counseling services and, more broadly, to the varying approaches to health care. Students will also benefit from simulation which enables them to apply theories through work with virtual patients and cross-cultural scenarios will be incorporated into these practices.
Application deadline:February 1, 2020 Admission limited to:Fall applications
California residents:$65,886 Non-resident:$77,951
Estimated for the class of 2022, for a 2 year program assuming residency in second year. Costs subject to change. To see an official tutition and fee breakdown, please visit the Registrar's Office →
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Throughout fieldwork experience, student growth is promoted through a required 1-hour discussion each week as part of their fieldwork courses offered during the regular academic year to serve as an opportunity to debrief, self-reflect, and normalize feelings, and to identify when additional wellness resources are needed. Clinical training culminates in Year 2 Spring quarter with second year students participating in supervision of first year genetic counseling students. We have organized the Spring fieldwork placements so that first year students and some second year students are placed in the same rotation (those rotations will have genetic counselor supervisors). For the second year students, this will be their final internship, while for the first year students it will be their first internship. Our idea is that the second year students will participate in supervising aspects of the first year student’s work, including case preparation and family history collection. All students will receive instruction in supervision, how to provide and receive feedback, engaging in self-reflective practice as part of coursework, and this will be an opportunity to practice. The benefits of this arrangement include training students in principles of supervision and facilitating peer-to-peer education.