The University of British Columbia - Faculty of Medicine

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Genetic Counseling

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School:The University of British Columbia - Faculty of Medicine
Faculty:Faculty of Medicine
Field of Study:Genetic Counselling/Counsellor
Description:Over the past decade, advances in genomic medicine and genetic technology have been dramatic. Genetic counsellors have an integral role to play in helping patients and other healthcare professionals understand the options, benefits and limitations of this rapidly changing landscape. Established in 1996, the University of British Columbia’s Genetic Counselling Program is dedicated to equipping the next generation of genetic counsellors with the skills, knowledge and mindset to flourish as part of an inter-disciplinary team and work across a broad range of health care settings and specialties. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, graduates are eligible for certification and/or licensure across North America.
URL:Genetic Counseling at The University of British Columbia - Faculty of Medicine
Cost per year:*
National: $24,226

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*76

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    Applicants must have a minimum of a BSc or equivalent degree, and have:

    - One course in Biochemistry (an introductory course is acceptable).

    - One course in Statistics (an introductory course is acceptable).

    - One course in (Clinical) Embryology – If not offered at your institution, an online college or university course that provides a grade, such as the Clinical Embryology course offered by the University of Cincinnati (Non-credit Option), is acceptable. Developmental Biology does NOT meet this requirement unless the course focuses heavily on human development.

    - One course in Molecular Genetics.

    - A minimum overall average in the B+ range (equivalent to 76% at UBC) in all third and fourth year courses.

    - Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third or fourth year courses (equivalent to 4 courses at UBC) in the A grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in the field of study*. *For the Genetic Counselling Masters Program, this could include courses such as genetics, genomics, psychology, biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, embryology, cell biology, and bioinformatics.

    - A minimum of 3 months of one-on-one counselling experience (prior to entry into the program) in a setting such as a distress line, peer counselling, or rape relief centre. This experience can either be paid or volunteer. However, to be considered, your experience must include a formal training process prior to beginning your counselling experience.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on June 04, 2019