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No, students are admitted once a year for the fall quarter and classes begin in (need month).
Our program requires you to be on campus.
Admission to the program is competitive. National statistics indicate that approximately 33% of applicants are accepted in genetic counseling programs.
We do not offer information sessions, nor do we have the facilities to offer all interested applicants a personal visit. Our program co-directors will host webinars for prospective applicants in late summer-fall to provide an overview of the training program and admissions process followed by a Q&A session. We will post a recording of one of these sessions on our website for applicants who are unable to attend.
If you have specific questions about your background and potential application, please use our webform to contact us. In some situations, we will be able to answer your questions by email, and in other situations, we may need to set up a brief phone call to discuss your application questions. If you want to explore the Stanford campus, you may do so on your own, or take one of the guided tours, although they are generally focused on “main campus” and undergraduate studies.
If you are trying to demonstrate that you can bring your grades up, we strongly recommend taking graduate level classes at a 4-year university. However, if you are simply trying to fulfill a prerequisite, an online or community college course is often fine. Please email us if you have questions about whether a specific course will satisfy our prerequisite requirements - it's most useful if you can attach a syllabus or course description.
You will submit an entirely new online application, including letters of reference, transcripts, CV and personal statement. You will also be required to pay the application fee (unless you are eligible for a fee waiver).
As long as your GRE and TOEFL scores remain valid for the admissions cycle in which you wish to reapply, you do not need to have them re-sent by ETS. Please do self-report these scores in your online application. If your scores are no longer valid, you need to retake the exams.
A course can be in progress at the time of application; however, courses must be completed prior to interviewing, which will occur starting in February.
No, we will consider students with any academic major, as long as all program requirements at met.
Yes. All competitive applicants are invited to an interview. While the program does not cover associated travel expenses, lunch will be provided on the day of the interview.
Yes, for more information please visit our Office of Financial Aid.
The program is completed in 19 months by most students. Students begin the program in Fall quarter of the first year followed by winter and spring quarters. The summer is reserved for fieldwork. The classes will resume in fall of the second year followed by winter and spring queaters. Each quarter is 10 weeks.
No. The program does not offer this option.
The program curriculum is rigorous and courses are scheduled to allow ample time for clinical rotation and educational experiences. Managing work around course and clinical schedules is often time very difficult and not encouraged.
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Having a car is strongly encouraged. The majority of clinical rotations are housed on campus, however to access varied clinical sites outside of the campus a car is needed, as public transportation may not be available to many potential rotation sites.
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Most clinical rotations are located at UCLA campus. However there are opportunities for clinical rotations throughout Los Angeles area. All students will complete core rotations in prenatal, pediatric/general genetics, and cancer genetics. Opportunities for rotations in other specialty areas, for example, neurogenetics, cardiogenetics, or ocular genetics are also possible. Arrangements are also available for students interested in completing a specific rotation in another geographic area during the summer term of the program.