No. Students are admitted once a year for the fall quarter.
No. Our program offers only on-site classes.
To learn more about genetic counseling you can visit the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) website.
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.
A course can be in progress at the time of application; however, you should have completed most prerequisites before applying. Please make clear on your resume (CV) the status of the prerequisite courses. You will need to successfully complete all prerequisites in order to matriculate into the program.
No. We will consider students with any academic major, as long as all admissions requirements are met.
Yes. All competitive applicants are invited to interview. The program does not cover associated travel expenses.
The program is 21 months. 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 quarters. Each quarter is 10 weeks.
No. Our program is full-time.
The program curriculum is rigorous and courses are scheduled to allow time for fieldwork and educational experiences. Managing work around course and clinical schedules can be difficult.
Having a car is strongly encouraged. Many 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. For more information: https://transportation.ucla.edu/
Many clinical fieldwork site are located on the UCLA campus. In addition there are opportunities for fieldwork rotations throughout the Los Angeles area. All students will complete core rotations in prenatal, pediatric/general, cancer, and adult genetics. Opportunities for rotations or observation in other specialty areas, for example, neurogenetics, cardiogenetics, ocular genetics, and commercial genetic testing laboratories 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.