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2010-2011 Academic Catalog 
2010-2011 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Genetic Counseling M.S.

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Janey Youngblom, Ph.D., Associate Program Director

Office: Naraghi Hall of Science — N265
Phone: (209) 667-3487

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A Master of Science in Genetic Counseling is offered for students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare services that combines medical genetics knowledge and counseling skills.  Career opportunities are diverse and include positions in university medical centers, health maintenance organizations, private medical clinics, public healthcare clinics, biopharmaceutical companies, diagnostic laboratories, and biotechnology companies.  In addition to completion of the course work, clinical internship requirements, and a research project, candidates must also complete at least the required minimal number of approved cases for their Logbook of Supervised Clinical Experience.  To become a certified genetic counselor, the graduate must take and pass the American Board of Genetic Counseling Certification Examination.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a grade point average of at least 3.0 out of a possible 4.0
  2. Successful completion of the following courses or their equivalents:
  1. Successful completion of at least one course, or their equivalents, from one of the following areas: Psychology, Counseling, Special Education, or Social Work.  Some examples of appropriate courses include:
  1. The Graduate Record Exam (General exam) – no minimum score requirement
  2. At least six months experience in a volunteer or work related position that involves counseling, e.g., working in a crisis intervention center, student health center, family planning clinic, or serving as a resident advisor or peer counselor.
  3. Three letters of recommendations.  The recommendation letters should be from professors, employers, supervisors, or others who know the candidate well and can speak to the applicant’s academic ability, interpersonal skills, maturity, and promise as a genetic counselor.
  4. Transcripts of all post-secondary colleges or universities attended.
  5. Resume.
  6. A personal statement describing why the candidate is attracted to this profession and an elaboration of his/her career aspirations.
  7. Candidates lacking one or more of the prerequisites may be admitted on a conditional basis.  However, these applications may be less competitive than complete applications.
  8. Approval for admission by the Genetic Counseling Program Admissions Committee and CSU Stanislaus Graduate School.

Application Procedure

  1. Complete California State University, Stanislaus’ University Graduate/Postbaccalaureate Admissions Application form.  Forms are available at the Graduate School Office, MSR 160, or apply online at http://www.csustan.edu/graduate_school
  2. Complete and submit the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program application form and required supplemental material to Dr. Janey Youngblom, Associate Program Director, Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Stanislaus.


  1. Complete and pass all required courses for the program
  2. Complete at least three different clinical internships, preferably at different institutions to be exposed to a diversity of clinical cases and workplace settings
  3. Complete an approved research project
  4. Maintain a minimum academic grade point average of 3.0
  5. Complete at least the minimum number of approved cases for the Logbook of Supervised Clinical Experience


Elective Business Courses

Students may take the following approved elective business courses* during their second year of the program:

(2-3 units)

*Genetic Counseling students will only be able to opt for courses at California State University, Stanislaus if special session students will be allowed to take these regular session courses.  If this is approved, there will be no additional charge to the student for enrolling in these courses.  The two courses at San Jose State University are both special sessions courses offered through the College of Business.  Students opting to take either of these courses must pay the required fee out of their own personal expenses.

Students may opt to take these business courses to obtain a competitive edge for industry positions in biopharmaceutical, diagnostic, or biotechnology companies.

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