Guiding students to become culturally sensitive, ethical genetic counselors
What is Genetic Counseling?
Genetic counselors work with individuals and families to help them understand how genetics influence someone’s health, future health, disease diagnosis or treatment. Genetic counseling is a master’s-terminal field where graduates complete two years of intensive coursework and fieldwork prior to sitting for a board exam.
Genetic counselors work in healthcare settings across the lifespan, as well as in research, public health and policy, education, leadership, laboratories and industry.
Learn About Our Programs
MASTER OF SCIENCE (M.S.)
Our program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and proficiency to practice as genetic counselors in a variety of settings, including non-clinical and clinical prenatal, pediatric, adult, and cancer genetics.
An undergraduate minor in genetic counseling can be a valuable addition for students majoring in biology, nursing, as well as students interested in pursuing a master’s in the future.
Facts and figures
average starting salary of a genetic counselor
board pass rate since 2010
job placement rate within three months of graduation
Nancy Adams: NC’s first genetic counselor
Then and Now
Nancy James Adams ’60, ’77 M.S. has worked longer as a genetic counselor than anyone else in this state. That’s because this UNC Greensboro alumna was the very first.