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Curriculum

Our curriculum incorporates contemporary genetic counseling in your coursework, clinical experience and service learning opportunities.

Forty-two hours of the 56 hour curriculum are devoted to classroom study. An additional eight credit hours will be earned through clinical rotations with the remaining hours awarded for Master of Science thesis research.

First Year

First Semester
Introduction to Genetic Counseling 

HGEN 701 - 3 Credit Hours

An overview of the history and development of genetic counseling. Introduction to the fundamental components of and skills utilized in prenatal, pediatric and adult genetic counseling.

The Genetic Counseling Process

HGEN 704 (Coreq HGEN 701) - 4 Credit Hours

Introduction to counseling skills utilized in genetic counseling via reading, discussion, clinical observation and role play.

Medical Genetics

HGEN 720 - 4 Credit Hours

A study of the clinical aspects of human genetics with focus on single gene, chromosomal, and multifactorial genetic disease; the underlying molecular and biochemical principles; and determination of genetic risk.

Human Developmental Biology I

HGEN 725 - 4 Credit hours

The process of normal human development and description of the variety and range of deviation that can occur from fertilization through early childhood.

Contemporary Issues in Genetic Counseling

HGEN 715 - 1 Credit Hour 

Discussion forum targeted at critical evaluation of medical genetics literature and examination of current issues affecting the genetic counseling profession.

 

Second Semester
Psychosocial Aspects of Genetic Counseling

HGEN 702 - 3 Credit Hours

Exploration of the impact of genetic conditions on the individual and family. Psychosocial skills will be strengthened through reading, role play, discussion and interactions with affected individuals and families.

Human Developmental Biology II

HGEN 726 - 4 Credit Hours

Systems covered include cardiac, vascular and urogenital. Additional topics include clinical correlates, ultrasound, labor and delivery, infancy, childhood and adolescence.

Cancer Genetics and Genetic Counseling

HGEN 735 - 3 Credit Hours

Overview of medical oncology with an emphasis on familial and hereditary cancer. Includes didactic lectures, oral and written assignments.

Molecular and Genetic Mechanisms of Disease Pathogenesis

BIOL 667 - 3 Credit Hours

An advanced examination of the molecular mechanisms underlying gene action in humans. Current literature illustrating the genotype-phenotype relationship in human disease pathogenesis will be discussed.

Contemporary Issues in Genetic Counseling

HGEN 715 - 1 Credit Hour 

Discussion forum targeted at critical evaluation of medical genetics literature and examination of current issues affecting the genetic counseling profession.

HGEN 799 - 1 Credit Hour

Prepare to conduct research that can lead to publication.

 

Summer

May Session
Clinical Skills Seminar

HGEN 705 - 1 Credit Hour

Intensive skill development focused on practical aspects of patient care for clinical rotation preparation.

HGEN 799 - 1 Credit Hour

Prepare to conduct research that can lead to publication. 

 

Summer Rotation

HGEN 750 - 2 Credit Hours

Clinical placement at a regional genetic center under direct supervision of geneticist/genetic counselor. Allows opportunity for development of genetic counseling skills as students transition from theory to practice. 

Second Year

Third Semester
Genetic Counseling Methods

HGEN 710 - 3 Credit Hours

An integration of the student's theoretical background and clinical experiences with focus on the development of clinical skills. Format includes case presentation and discussion.

Advanced Medical Genetics I

HGEN 730 - 3 Credit Hours

A comprehensive survey of medical genetics including mendelian genetics, cytogenetics, metabolic disorders, syndromes, congenital malformations, multifactorial disorders and mental retardation.

HGEN 760 - 3 Credit Hours

Two days per week of clinical placement under direct supervision of geneticist/genetic counselor for experience in prenatal, pediatric and disease-specific clinics.

Contemporary Issues in Genetic Counseling

HGEN 715 - 1 Credit Hour

Discussion forum targeted at critical evaluation of medical genetics literature and examination of current issues affecting the genetic counseling profession. 

HGEN 799 - 2 Credit Hours

Prepare to conduct research that can lead to publication.

 

Fourth Semester
Ethical Challenges in Genetic Counseling

HGEN 703 - 1 Credit Hour

Seminar in bioethical principles and their application to case management and genetic counseling. Includes lecture, case presentation and discussion.

Advanced Medical Genetics II

HGEN 731 - 3 Credit Hours

Topics include psychiatric disorders, skeletal, renal, neuromuscular and neurocutaneous disorders, genetic autopsy, molecular diagnostics and immunogenetics.

Transforming Health Care for the Future

HGEN 740 - 1 Credit Hour

Foundation for beginning health professions students to gain an understanding of the complexities of the health care system through experiential activities conducted in interprofessional teams and the importance of interprofessional collaboration.

HGEN 761 - 3 Credit Hours

Two days per week of clinical placement under direct supervision of geneticist/genetic counselor for experience in prenatal, pediatric and disease- specific clinics.

Contemporary Issues in Genetic Counseling

HGEN 715 - 1 Credit Hour

Discussion forum targeted at critical evaluation of medical genetics literature and examination of current issues affecting the genetic counseling profession.

HGEN 799 - 1 Credit Hours

Prepare to conduct research that can lead to publication.

 


Beyond the Classroom: Service Learning and Community Engagement 

It doesn’t all happen in the classroom or clinic. You will also participate in service learning activities designed to offer real life exposure to individuals and families touched by genetics.

You'll provide respite care for families raising a child with a disability, visit an early intervention program and make visits to several community support groups, to name of few. You will build family connections through home visits and attend a statewide family conference focused on support for individuals with disabilities. Our community engagement outreach will have you writing educational blogs, attending awareness events and speaking to lay groups as you share how genetics and genomics impacts our lives.