There are several important things you might consider when deciding which genetic counseling programs to apply to:
- School cost (Example: tuition, fees, housing)
- Availability of financial aid, scholarships, and work-study jobs.
- Admissions requirements. (Example: Does this school require the GRE? Do I have all the prerequisite courses?)
- Location (Do you want to stay closer to family? Do you want to live in a big city or smaller college town?)
- Options for part-time study
- Size of the program (Genetic counseling programs can range from 4 to 30 students)
- Elective and specialty courses offered by the program
- Types of clinic experiences available
- Teaching style (Example: Independent or guided learning?)
When making the important decision of where to apply it’s a good idea to do thorough research on each of your options. Some students use a table or a spreadsheet, so they can compare each school on a single page and decide which schools fit them best.
The Accreditation Council of Genetic Counseling has a great website that organizes each school by state: http://gceducation.org/Pages/Accredited-Programs.aspx
Another great resource for students is the College Navigator tool: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator