Pre-Genetic Counseling

Pre-Genetic Counseling

Genetic counselors have advanced training in medical genetics and counseling that allows them to interpret genetic test results and to guide and support patients in the prevention and treatment of genetically inherited diseases. They help explain to patients how family and medical histories may impact the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence; guide patients through choosing which genetic tests may be right for them and interpreting the results; and help patients and their families make the most informed choices about health conditions.

Pre-Genetic Counseling

Plan Your Path to Genetic Counseling School

Download Our Application Timeline Map

  1. Meet with a Pre-Health advisor to create a comprehensive 2- or 4-year academic and co-curricular plan
  2. Research application requirements
    • See specific school websites for any specific application requirements which may vary by genetic counseling program
    • Meet with a representative of the genetic counseling program for specific questions and guidance
  3. Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – required by some schools
  4. Apply to genetic counseling programs
    • Most programs use the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match service. Applications should register with the match before applying to individual programs so they can receive their unique ID to use on their individual applications
    • Submit applications online through each genetic counseling school’s website

Suggested Academic Preparation

  • Bachelor’s degree – all UNL majors are great options
  • Completion of pre-requisite courses
  • Competitive academic record
    • GPA in both science and non-science courses
    • GRE score (only required at some schools)

Current students: Meet with a Pre-Health advisor to talk more about your Pre-Health goals.

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