What is the format of the curriculum?
The didactic portion of the curriculum is offered in the classroom setting and supported by online course information. Only one course during the program is offered online.
Is the program full-time or part-time?
The program is a full-time program.
Do I have to have a science background to enter the program?
All students must have successfully completed the pre-requisite coursework to enter the program, but many genetic counselors have undergraduate degrees in psychology, social work and education.
How can I arrange to shadow a genetic counselor or meet with a genetic counselor to get more information?
Exposure to genetic counseling and/or meeting with a genetic counselor to discuss the career is important prior to applying to the program. You can visit the NSGC "Find a Counselor" site to find a counselor in your area. The Department of Genetics at UAB welcomes students with a serious interest in the field. To request a time to observe in the clinic please click "Observe a Genetic Counselor Request" tab.