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.
Program is located in Winston-Salem, NC
Academic year is from August to May.
Information about prerequisites info can be found at https://school.wakehealth.edu/Education-and-Training/Graduate-Programs/Genetic-Counseling-MS/Admissions
General geographic location of internships: North Carolina, within ~1.5 hour or less driving distance from Winston-Salem.
Currently have Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives as part of the program
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives: All students will take a course on the Roots of Health Inequity taught by a faculty member from the Mayo Angelou Center for Health Equity. We have also incorporated several guest lectures into the curriculum specifically focusing on Recognizing Values & Biases.
The Wake Forest Genetic Counseling program has an emphasis on ethics. Throughout their coursework, students will deeply explore ethical principles as well as their applications and implications within the genetic counseling setting.