Fulfillment of the requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies at Case Western Reserve University must be met as well as those required by the Genetic Counseling Training Program. An applicant having graduated with excellent academic credentials (minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) from a fully accredited university or college. Complete credentials must be on file with the School of Graduate Studies.
Admission requirements are as follows:
- Successful completion of the following prerequisite courses:
Biology - minimum of one year
Genetics - minimum of one semester
Biochemistry - minimum of one semester
Statistics - minimum of one semester
Psychology - minimum of one semester
Anatomy and/or Physiology are highly recommended
- Results of Graduate Record Examination scores on the general examination. Scores at the 60th percentile and above are considered competitive.
- Advocacy Experiences. Counseling experiences that are relevant to genetics, medical genetics and genetic counseling are highly recommended. Such experiences as counseling with a crisis hot line, Planned Parenthood program, peer/community counseling centers (paid or volunteer), working with individuals with disabilities and shadowing a genetic counselor are examples of experiences that highly desirable. Experience working in a DNA/molecular genetics/cytogenetic laboratory, or teaching assistant positions in biology or genetics courses are also very appropriate. The applicant should strive for experiences that provide for one-on-one interactions with others. Moreover, in the application personal statement, applicants should demonstrate an understanding of the field of genetic counseling, what led to choosing this field as a career and discuss how previous experiences have enriched his or her understanding of the profession of genetic counseling.
- Interview. A personal interview is required. All interviews are by invitation only to assess maturity, written and oral communication skills, an awareness of the professional role of the genetic counselor and the genetic counseling profession.