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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.

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.

 

First Semester

Course Number Course Name Course Description Credit Hours
HGEN 701  Introduction to Genetic Counseling 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.  3
HGEN 704 The Genetic Counseling Process (Co-requirement: HGEN 701) Introduction to counseling skills utilized in genetic counseling via reading, discussion, clinical observation and role play.  4
HGEN 725 Human Developmental Biology I The process of normal human development and description of the variety and range of deviation that can occur from fertilization through early childhood.  4
HGEN 715  HGEN 715 Contemporary Issues in Genetic Counseling  Discussion forum targeted at critical evaluation of medical genetics literature and examination of current issues affecting the genetic counseling profession. (Pass-Fail grading).  1

 

Second Semester

Course Number Course Name Description Credits
HGEN 702  Psychosocial Aspects of Genetic Counseling 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.  3
HGEN 726 Human Developmental Biology II Systems covered include cardiac, vascular and urogenital. Additional topics include clinical correlates, ultrasound, labor and delivery, infancy, childhood and adolescence.  4
HGEN 735 Cancer Genetics and Genetic Counseling Overview of medical oncology with an emphasis on familial and hereditary cancer. Includes didactic lectures, oral and written assignments.  3
BIOL 667 Molecular and Genetic Mechanisms of Disease Pathogenesis  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. 3
HGEN 715  Contemporary Issues in Genetic Counseling Discussion forum targeted at critical evaluation of medical genetics literature and examination of current issues affecting the genetic counseling profession. (Pass-Fail grading).  1
HGEN 799 Thesis Preparation Prepare to conduct research that can lead to publication.   1

 

May Session

Course Number Course Name Description Credit
HGEN 705 Clinical Skills Seminar Intensive skill development focused on practical aspects of patient care for clinical rotation preparation.  1
HGEN 799 Thesis Preparation Prepare to conduct research that can lead to publication.   1

 

Summer

Course Number Course Description Credit
HGEN 750 Summer Clinical Rotation 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.

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Third Semester

Course Number Course Name Description Credit
HGEN 710 Genetic Counseling Methods 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.  3
HGEN 730 Advanced Medical Genetics I A comprehensive survey of medical genetics including mendelian genetics, cytogenetics, metabolic disorders, syndromes, congenital malformations, multifactorial disorders and mental retardation.  3
HGEN 760 Clinical Rotation I Two days per week of clinical placement under direct supervision of geneticist/genetic counselor for experience in prenatal, pediatric and disease-specific clinics.  3
HGEN 715 Contemporary Issues in Genetic Counseling  Discussion forum targeted at critical evaluation of medical genetics literature and examination of current issues affecting the genetic counseling profession. (Pass-Fail grading).  1
HGEN 799 Thesis Preparation Prepare to conduct research that can lead to publication.   2

 

Fourth Semester

Course Number Course Description Credit
HGEN 703  Ethical Challenges in Genetic Counseling Seminar in bioethical principles and their application to case management and genetic counseling. Includes lecture, case presentation and discussion.  1
HGEN 731  Advanced Medical Genetics II Continuation of HGEN 730. Topics include psychiatric disorders, skeletal, renal, neuromuscular and neurocutaneous disorders, genetic autopsy, molecular diagnostics and immunogenetics.  3
HGEN 740  Transforming Health Care for the Future 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.  1
HGEN 761 Clinical Rotation II Continuation of HGEN 760. Two days per week of clinical placement under direct supervision of geneticist/genetic counselor for experience in prenatal, pediatric and disease- specific clinics.  3
HGEN 715 Contemporary Issues in Genetic Counseling Discussion forum targeted at critical evaluation of medical genetics literature and examination of current issues affecting the genetic counseling profession. (Pass-Fail grading).  1
HGEN 799 Thesis Preparation Prepare to conduct research that can lead to publication.   2