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Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Colorado Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling is to train competent, compassionate and innovative graduates who will effectively integrate professional practice and human genomics to deliver quality, client-centered genetic counseling services, promote informed health policy, and engage in scholarship, advocacy and leadership activities throughout their careers.

Students learn to effectively assist patients, health care providers and the public to understand and appropriately utilize genetic information and testing to promote individualized and informed health care choices and wellbeing.

The program was established in 1971 and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling.  The curriculum is 21 months long, including the summer in between the two academic years. Students complete 47 semester credits for the M.S. in Genetic Counseling degree. Didactic courses are taught during both years of the program. Students complete a molecular and cytogenetics laboratory course during the first semester of training so that they may apply these principles throughout their subsequent clinical training. Students begin clinical observations during their first semester and formal clinical rotations in February of their first year, which extend to May of the second year.

Required clinical rotations for all students include:

  • Prenatal Genetics,
  • Adult and Pediatric Hereditary Cancer,
  • Pediatric General Genetics,
  • Metabolic Disorders (Inborn Errors of Metabolism),
  • Adult Medical Genetics,
  • Regional Telemedicine,
  • Specialty Genetics/Multidisciplinary Clinics (Cardiology, Skeletal Dysplasia, Genetic Ophthalmology, Neurocutaneous, Craniofacial, 22q, Neuromuscular, SOAR (differences in sexual development), and
  • Inpatient Consults.

Students complete an individual scholarly Capstone Project mentored by a faculty committee resulting in a final paper and a formal departmental presentation at the end of the second year, with the option to pursue publication of their project and/or presentation of their findings at a professional conference.

Students complete a two-part comprehensive examination (written and oral) in April of year two, which also supports their preparation to take the American Board of Genetic Counseling, Inc. (ABGC) national board examination following graduation.  ABGC boards pass rate information is available on the program’s website.

Program is located in Aurora (Denver metro area), CO

Program website:  https://www.cuanschutz.edu/graduate-programs/genetic-counseling

Academic year is from  August to May.

Information about prerequisites info can be found at https://www.cuanschutz.edu/graduate-programs/genetic-counseling

  • Holistic admissions process,
  • Accepts international students.
  • In-state students:   $32,800.00
  • Out-of-state students:  $48,500.00
  • International students:  $62,500.00
  • Student work opportunities
  • Work study available
  • Domestic non-resident students may apply for Colorado residency after the first year, reducing tuition to the resident rate for the second year of the program.
  • The Colorado Graduate Grant (variable amount based on need) is awarded to eligible graduate/professional students who are Colorado residents (including those who newly qualify for residency status in the second year) with documented financial need as demonstrated through the FAFSA; this grant is awarded
    by CU Denver (Anschutz) and funded by the Colorado General Assembly.

General geographic location of internships: Denver metropolitan area

Currently have Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives as part of the program

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives:  DEIJ content is formally included in two second year courses (Advanced Psychosocial Seminar, Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling). The Program Director is a member of the campus DEIJ Collaborations Forum which regularly disseminates DEIJ resources to the campus community (students, faculty, staff). Students may join campus organizations with a DEIJ emphasis including the LGBTQ+ Hub, Health Equity Circle, and Future Voices: Students for DEI.