The Emory Genetic Counseling Training Program was implemented in 2011 and will accept its first class of students in 2012. The program is housed within the Department of Human Genetics of the School of Medicine, part of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center.
The program is 22.5 months duration which initiates with a 6 week summer introductory semester, followed by 5 contiguous 16 week semesters of training. Students graduate with a Master of Medical Science degree (MMSc) in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling.
The curriculum blends cutting-edge didactic training in human/medical genetics and psychosocial counseling, along with extensive clinical training opportunities. A novel aspect of the program is the focus internship, which provides an in-depth practice and research experience designed to embrace the ways in which the profession of genetic counseling is evolving. Students are also required to complete a capstone project, which includes grant writing, data analysis/interpretation and manuscript preparation.
The Emory Genetic Counseling Training Program received Provisional Accreditation Status from the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) in August of 2011. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to sit for the ABGC certification exams.
To provide an innovative and rigorous program of training that prepares genetic counselors capable of providing exceptional services to patients and the healthcare community today, and who will pave the way for appropriate utilization and access to the genomic medicine advances of tomorrow.