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Genetic Counseling

Genetic counselors provide personalized counseling to help patients understand inherited medical conditions as they’re making decisions about their genetic health. Genetic counselors help interpret genetic test results and to guide and support patients in seeking more information. Many genetic counselors work in clinic or hospital settings and typically work alongside different doctors like oncologists or obstetricians.

Genetic counselors not only provide patients with counseling about their specific genetic condition or potential medical condition, but they can also be a guide to know which genetic tests are appropriate for patients based on their medical and family history. 

Genetic counseling programs require two years of graduate schooling and offer a Master of Science degree (MS).


Application Guide Icon Application Guide

Learn more about the admission criteria for most genetic counseling programs.

Dental school iconMichigan Genetic Counselor Program Prerequisites

View course requirements for Michigan genetic counseling programs.

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