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School of Medicine Columbia

Genetic Counseling Online Course

If you're considering a career in genetic counseling, learn more about the profession and how to best prepare for your graduate education in this online course.

Taught by the genetic counselor faculty of the University of South Carolina Genetic Counseling Program, this specially designed genetic counseling online course, Genetic Counseling: Career for the Future, is comprised of lectures from genetic counselors, readings from professional literature and practical activities to help broaden your understanding of the profession and prepare for graduate school.

Online course topics include genetic counseling as a health care profession, with an introduction to various arenas of genetic counseling including prenatal, pediatric, cancer and adult. You'll explore clinical, laboratory and research roles, the counselor-patient relationship, ethical issues and other hot topics, as well as strategies for preparing for graduate education.

Course Dates

Fall: September 9- November 17,2024
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Registration closes August 26, 2024

Summer: June 2 - Aug. 10, 2025
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Registration closes May 26, 2025

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Course Format

Our genetic counseling online course is offered over a 10-week period with two to three hours of self-paced activity per week. Upon completion, you’ll receive a continuing education certificate to add to your resume. There are no prerequisites for the course. Designed as an in-depth exploration of genetic counseling, the course will demonstrate your commitment to genetic counselor education at the same time you become savvy about the profession and considerations for graduate school.

The Genetic Counseling Program strives to increase diversity among genetic counselors and promotes an inclusive learning environment. As part of our Diversity Recruitment Initiative, a limited number of discounted registration fees will be granted to individuals of underrepresented communities of color. Come learn with us!

What Students are Saying


The Genetic Counseling: Career for the Future course exceeded my expectations. The interactive case studies were exceptionally well-designed, providing a hands-on approach to understanding various genetic scenarios. The inclusion of diverse cases and ethical dilemmas enriched the learning experience.

The course content was comprehensive, well-structured and up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field and provided a solid foundation in genetic principles, counselling techniques, and ethical considerations. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the field of genetic counselling.

One of my reasons for taking this course was to feel inspired every week and gain further insight into the field of genetic counseling as I prepare for applications, and that is definitely happening! I really appreciate the range of assignments and I think it's a good combination to help structure our learning.

I can tell that you have put a lot of time and effort into making this course as informative, up-to-date, and engaging as an in-person class.

It's fun to communicate with so many people with different backgrounds. Everyone shares their different experiences and I am constantly learning.

I've enjoyed reading the articles and responding to others on the discussion board. The videos have been so insightful --hearing from genetic counselors, learning about their jobs, and what excites them has been very meaningful to me.

With all of the information being online, I can start and stop the work as I please and always find time to do the readings and activities for the week. I really enjoy that the fact that the information comes from such a variety of resources...especially resources that I would have never known about otherwise. All of the articles, websites and videos have been so informative and learning more information about the field has deepened my passion for genetic counseling!"


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