The Wake Forest Genetic Counseling program’s mission is to provide students with rigorous and dynamic educational and clinical experiences aimed to graduate patient-centered, ethically engaged, and future-focused genetic counselors who are poised to become leaders in the field.
The practice of genetic counseling has changed rapidly with evolving technology, and students must learn not only how to practice as genetic counselors now, but how to anticipate future changes and remain at the forefront of innovations. Wake Forest is poised to train pioneering genetic counselors by leveraging the expertise of faculty with diverse backgrounds in molecular genetics research, clinical research, and clinical care.
In order to produce genetic counselors who advocate for their patients and the genetic counseling field, we strive to prepare our graduates to be better able to:
- Provide oversight regarding the ordering of genetic tests in the medical community, assisting with interpretation, and educating patients regarding results and their ramifications
- Advise in the development of new genetic tests and the reporting of the results to patients and consumers
- Appreciate the gray-area between what “can” be done in the field of genetics, and what “should” be done
We aim to create future leaders who are thoughtful and engaged in ethical issues and can help guide and direct the genetic advances of the future.
The Wake Forest Genetic Counseling Program has attained New Program Accreditation Status through the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling as of December 7, 2020.
Applicants to the program should have completed the following pre-requisites from an accredited institution:
• A 4-year baccalaureate degree
• A semester (or equivalent) of the following coursework:
o Introductory biology
o An upper-level biology elective
o Please note: Applicants must receive a letter grade for all pre-requisite courses; advanced placement (AP) course grades or courses graded as pass/fail, satisfactory/unsatisfactory, or as a certificate of completion are not acceptable.
In addition to these pre-requisites, applicants must:
• Register with the NMS match system
o 3 Letters of recommendation
o A written personal statement
o A video or audio statement
o Scores for the TOEFL Exam (International applicants only)
We invite applicants from diverse backgrounds who are interested in this dynamic career in healthcare. Competitive applicants will have:
• A 3.0 or higher GPA from undergraduate or graduate coursework
• Exposure to the genetic counseling field through shadowing, volunteering in a genetic counseling practice, or working among genetic counselors in some capacity
• Experience with individuals with genetic conditions or disabilities and/or in crisis si
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