To provide students with the appropriate knowledge, experience, and mentoring Avila’s Pre-Genetic Counseling Career Track offers a variety of educational experiences including coursework, clinical training, and research project preparation.
A bachelor of science degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required in order to obtain a master of science degree in genetic counseling. The following courses are required by most programs:
- BI 111 General Biology Cells and Genes
- BI 112 General Biology Ecology and Evolution
- BI 220 Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 credit option)
- BI 318 Genetics
- BI 345 Molecular Cell Biology
- CH 135 General Chemistry I
- CH 137 General Chemistry II
- CH 216 Organic Chemistry I
- CH 217 Organic Chemistry II
- BI/CH 342 Biochemistry I
- PY 101 General Psychology
- EN 112 English Composition II
- MA 155 Elementary Probability and Statistics
Some type of experience in crisis counseling is expected. Job shadowing a genetic counselor is strongly recommended as well.
Valuable resources for applicants to programs in genetic counseling
Standardized Entrance Exam: The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test is required.