Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Masters Program in Genetic Counseling

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

The University of Pennsylvania MSGC program provides a comprehensive educational environment for future genetic counselors that balances the importance of patient-focused care, scientific knowledge, research, and innovative technology. With an outstanding faculty and access to clinical opportunities at some of the nation's premier healthcare facilities, we prepare students to be successful genetic counseling professionals in the rapidly evolving field of genetics.

The Arcadia University Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program, established in 1995, has transferred sponsorship, faculty, and curriculum to the University of Pennsylvania and will now be known as the University of Pennsylvania Master of Science in Genetic Counseling. The Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) has approved the transfer of accreditation from Arcadia University to the University of Pennsylvania, and the Genetic Counseling program is fully accredited through 2024. The program meets the requirements of the ACGC for curriculum content, clinical experience, and overall program design. Graduates of the program are qualified to sit for the certification examination offered by the ABGC and to apply for state licensure.

The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine is uniquely positioned to offer an academically strong program to train future genetic counseling academic leaders and scholars in genomic medicine because of the expertise of its faculty and the resources of its medical center. For the past 24 years, the Penn faculty have been actively engaged in educating genetic counseling students through their close partnership with Arcadia University’s Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program. UPenn and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have been the primary clinical sites for this program and faculty and genetic counselors there have been teaching students, providing clinical and laboratory supervision and mentoring thesis projects. The transfer of sponsorship from Arcadia University to Penn pairs the stability of an established program with the resources of a well-regarded academic center.  The collective expertise and reputation of the faculty who are enthusiastically committed to this program provide an opportunity for innovation of the curriculum and integration across many disciplines on the Penn campus.


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