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School of Medicine Columbia

Our Program

As the first genetic counseling program in the Southeast to becoming one of the leading producers of genetic counselors in the US, our program’s history has helped shape the field of genetic counseling and continues to elevate this special dimension of healthcare.

Our Story

From a vision and ground work laid just over 30 years ago, to educating hundreds of students across the nation, we have grown the field of genetic counseling one graduate at a time…  (Story Page Coming Soon.)

Our Mission

Foster the development of knowledgeable and compassionate genetic counselors through interprofessional education and community engagement.

Our Vision

Advance the integration of genomic medicine into diverse healthcare systems and communities through leadership, advocacy and education.

Our Degree

Rigorous coursework, community service, challenging fieldwork experiences and a research-based thesis will provide opportunity for tremendous professional growth. 

We've been perfecting our curriculum for more than 30 years to connect the knowledge with the skills you’ll need as a genetic counselor. We’ve received highly acclaimed Commendations for Excellence from the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education - Our reputation for excellence is known at home and abroad. We carefully review more than 150 applications per year to select the nine students who will graduate from the School of Medicine Genetic Counseling Program. Our alumni are our proudest accomplishment and work in the best genetic centers throughout the country. They build on our foundation to achieve goals in clinical care, education, research and industry beyond what we imagined.

First in the Southeast and tenth in the nation, we have graduated more than 250 genetic counselors, many of whom are leading the profession today. 

  • 100% average retention rate for past 3 years
  • 81% average (21/26) first-time board pass rate for past 3 years 
  • 100% board certified for past 3 years
  • 100%  job placement rate for past 3 years

The Genetic Counseling Program at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine is accredited (2022-2029) by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, Inc., 7918 Jones Branch Drive, Ste. 300, McLean, VA 22102.  Telephone: (703) 506 - 7667

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