Considering a Career in Genetic Counseling:

What to Know, Read and Listen To

Basics of Genetic Counseling

Who Are Genetic Counselors?

What Genetic Counselors Do

How Can Genetic Counselors Help Me Understand Results from Genetic Testing?

How To Know if Genetic Counseling Is Right for You

About Genetic Counselors

Find a Genetic Counselor


DNA Today Hosted by Kira Dineen

Patient Stories Hosted by Grey Genetics/Eleanor Griffith

The Beagle Has Landed Hosted by Laura Hercher

Genetics Unzipped Presented by The Genetics Society

DNA Discoveries Hosted by Edward Looney

PhenoTips Speaker Series Presented by PhenoTips

GenePod Presented by the Journal Genetics in Medicine

Once Upon a Gene Hosted by Effie Parks

The Genetics Podcast Hosted by Dr. Patrick Short

Mendelspod Hosted by Theral Timpson

GC Chat Hosted by Ashley Crook and Elle Martin

In Those Genes Hosted by Janina M. Jeff

Genetic Counselors and You Podcast Series Presented by the National Society of Genetic Counselors

Short Videos

How Genetic Counseling Helps Families

Hereditary: Genetic Detectives

What Is Genetic Counseling?

Day in the Life – Genetic Counseling

High Risk Pregnancy: Genetic Counseling

Journey of a Specimen: Genetic Counselors

How Trove of Genetic Data Can Yield Individualized Medicine

Genetic Testing’s Impact on Patient Care – Paige’s Story


In the Family

Inheritance: Women, BRCA, and Hereditary Cancer

The Gene: An Intimate History


Sound and Fury

Lorenzo’s Oil

The Big Sick

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


Journal of Genetic Counseling – Check with your university to see if you have free access

Telling Genes: The Story of Genetic Counseling in America by Alexandra Stern

Resurrection Lily by Amy Byer Shainman

The DNA Guide for Adoptees by Brianne Kirkpatrick and Shannon Combs-Bennett

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

Before and After Zachariah by Fern Kupfer

Dreaming Water by Gail Tsukiyama

Mercies in Disguise by Gina Kolata

Check out more book recommendations from genetic counselors.

Pursuing a Genetic Counseling Career:

Make it Happen With Our Applicant Resources

Guides to Becoming a Genetic Counselor

How to Become a Genetic Counselor: Degree & Career Requirements

Genetic Counseling Careers

How Do I Become a Genetic Counselor?

Become a Genetic Counselor: Education and Training

Become a Genetic Counselor: Why Certification Is Important

Application Process Resources

List of Accredited Genetic Counseling Programs

Advice for Applying to Genetic Counseling Programs

Advice for Interviewing and Ranking Genetic Counseling Grad Schools

Tips for Genetic Counseling Job Interviews

Overview of the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match Program

DNA Today Episode #71 Eleanor Griffith on Genetic Counseling Grad School Applications

DNA Today Episode #87 Genetic Counseling Grad School Apps (Part 1) – Features application process advice and experiences from 50+ genetic counseling students in the class of 2020 (first year of the match system)

DNA Today Episode #97 Genetic Counseling Grad School Interviews, Ranking, Matching (Part 2)

DNA Today Episode #101 Genetic Counseling Match Day

GC Applications Cheat Sheet: Interviews

Become a Genetic Counselor: Applying to a Training Program


Maps & Genes

The DNA Exchange

GenomeWeb – Sign up for a free account and stay up to date on genetics news

Online Forums

Genetic Counseling Safe Space Discord Server – Chat with other prospective students and current students and stay up to date on applicant resources

Genetic Counseling Disabled Community Server – A support and advocacy community for students and genetic counselors with disabilities

r/GeneticCounseling on Reddit

r/ClinicalGenetics on Reddit

Twitter Accounts/Hashtags

@GCExpInitiative – Genetic Counseling Experience Initiative

@minoritygenetic – Minority Genetic Professionals Network

@BookZebras – Book club for genetic counselors

@GeneticCouns – National Society of Genetic Counselors

#Genechat – Join the discussion with genetic counselors on Twitter

My Gene Counsel’s Twitter List – Features over 800 genetic counselors

Volunteer Counseling

Crisis Text Line

7 Cups – Volunteer to become an online listener via chat

Hole in the Wall Gang – For kids with serious illnesses

Camp Erin – For kids grieving the loss of a loved one

The Trevor Project – Phone and text crisis counseling for LGBTQ youth

VolunteerMatch – Search for volunteer opportunities in your area or virtual opportunities

Free Online Courses/Webinars

What is Genetic Counseling? (FutureLearn)

Clinical Education Courses (The Jackson Laboratory)

Medical Terminology Course (Des Moines University)

Genetic Counseling Experience Initiative

Genetic Counseling Prospective Student Network

Genetic Counseling Career Research & Exploration Workshop (GC-CREW) – Free virtual group workshop offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms for undergrads, recent grads, and those interested in pursuing a career in genetic counseling

Coursera Classes:

Introduction to Human Behavioral Genetics

Case Studies in Personalized Medicine

Precision Medicine

Genes and The Human Condition

In-Depth Topics:

Ambry Genetics Webinars

GeneDx Webinars

Invitae Webinars

Myriad Webinars

Undiagnosed Diseases Network Grand Rounds

Canadian Association of Genetic Counselors – Offers free webinars with membership

Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Gastrointestinal Cancer – Offers free webinars with membership

National Society of Genetic Counselors – Offers several free webinars/courses with membership

Many programs host their own informational sessions, webinars, and open houses. Check program websites or contact programs directly for more information.

Have questions or comments? Tweet us @mygenecounsel.

This post was originally published April 26, 2019, updated on October 5, 2022.