Genetic counselors work in clinical, laboratory, teaching, administrative, commercial, government, research, and consulting environments. As members of health care teams, they provide information and support to individuals and families affected with or at risk for birth defects, genetic conditions, or genetic predispositions to diseases such as cancer. They investigate the traits present in the individual and family, interpret information about these conditions, assess inheritance patterns and risks of recurrence, review testing and management options, provide supportive counseling, identify community and support group resources, and act as patient advocates.
Our Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling provides comprehensive master’s level training that addresses the complex individual, family and societal impact of advances in human genetics and genomics, and their translation into quality health care services and informed health policy. Students learn effective, compassionate and creative approaches to assist patients, health care providers and the public to understand and appropriately utilize genetic information and testing to promote informed health care choices and wellbeing.
The program’s philosophy is to provide in-depth classroom education in the scientific and psychosocial aspects of human genetic conditions concurrently with early, hands-on clinical experiences. Students combine theory with practice throughout the core 5 semester, 21-month curriculum. Students gain experience in laboratory settings and with research activities, and may arrange advanced clinical rotations or other individualized experiences to meet their professional interests and career goals.
- Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC)
- Strong performance of program graduates on the American Board of Genetic Counseling Certification Exam
- Comprehensive curriculum with hands-on clinical training beginning in the first year
- Diverse clinical rotation sites in top-ranked hospitals throughout the Denver metro area
- Highly accomplished training faculty with low student to faculty ratio
- Excellent job placement for graduates
Monthly Program Events: Clinical case conferences, genetics seminars, journal club, clinical research, and education outreach activities.
Financial Support: Although there is no formal monetary support for students in the Genetic Counseling Program, every effort is made to help students find part-time positions on campus, such as in laboratories, clinical research programs, or office support areas. Some students work part-time off-campus. Domestic students from outside of Colorado may petition for in-state residency status for tuition purposes for year two of the program.
Applications: Application deadline is January 1 (fall). On-campus interviews take place in March and April. In 2018, our program will participate in the national match system for AGCPD-member genetic counseling programs, administered by National Matching Services, Inc. (NMS). All interviewed candidates will receive notification admission decisions based on national match results is in late April. See program website for details.
Career paths of graduates: Our graduates are in high demand and typically receive job offers prior to graduation. Our 2016 graduates all started positions within one month of graduation and enjoy rewarding careers with hospitals, laboratories, government agencies, and patient advocacy organizations. Many serve as faculty for academic institutions.
Why CU Anschutz? Located in Aurora, Colorado, the Anschutz Medical Campus is the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region. With six graduate and health professional schools, multiple clinical centers and institutes including an NIH-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, two nationally-ranked teaching hospitals, and a VA hospital, CU Anschutz is engaged in clinical care, research, education, and service. Together, clinicians, graduate students, diagnostic laboratory specialists and research faculty contribute to a large and vibrant patient-care and research community that is poised to address present and future opportunities and challenges in the delivery of genetic counseling and personalized genomic medicine services.
We are committed to diversity and equity. Students from all backgrounds will find resources & support on campus.
The University of Colorado Denver is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Graduate Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC).
International students must meet ALL of the standard requirements and also must provide:
• Original transcripts and documentation in English (or a certified English translation) of the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or the equivalent
• Documents required to process immigration documents
• Certified English translation of all academic records and references not in English
• $75.00 international non-refundable application fee
• Evidence of proficiency in English as demonstrated by one of the following:
- Citizen of a country whose official language is English
- Composite score of 75 or above on the TOEFL or composite score of 6.5 or above on the IELTS
- Graduate of CU Denver’s ESL Academy
- Earned bachelor’s degree or higher from a foreign or US accredited institution where the language of instruction was English.
- Earned a bachelor’s degree from the US or successful completion of at least 2 semesters (12 credits) of full-time study in a graduate-level master’s program at an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.