Interested in becoming a genetic counselor? Not sure where to start? We have you covered! Check out the resources below to learn more about the field and prepare for applications.

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

Podcasts

DNA Today Hosted by Kira Dineen

Patient Stories Hosted by Grey Genetics/Eleanor Griffith

The Beagle Has Landed Hosted by Laura Hercher

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

Documentaries/Movies

In the Family

Inheritance: Women, BRCA, and Hereditary Cancer

The Gene: An Intimate History

Unrest

Sound and Fury

Lorenzo’s Oil

The Big Sick

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Journals/Magazines/Books

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

Blogs/Websites

Aspiring Genetic Counselor

Maps & Genes

Tips from a Future Genetic Counselor

Tandem Repeats: The Applicant’s Utility Guide

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

@futuregc24 – Resources for genetic counseling applicants and interested students

@GCExpInitiative – Genetic Counseling Experience Initiative

@minoritygenetic – Minority Genetic Professionals Network

@BookZebras – Book club for genetic counselors

@GeneticCouns – National Society of Genetic Counselors

#GCchat – 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

Coursera Classes:

From Disease to Genes and Back

Genetics and Society: A Course for Educators

Introduction to Human Behavioral Genetics

Case Studies in Personalized Medicine

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.

Additional Online Classes/Tools

Genetic Counseling Online Courses from the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center:

  • Cardiovascular Genetics ($195)
  • Clinical Embryology ($495)
  • Laboratory Genetic Counseling ($295)
  • Neurogenetics ($195)
  • Teratology ($295)
  • Genetic Counseling Case Series ($95)

Genetic Counseling: Career for the Future from University of South Carolina ($530, offered 3x/year)

Genetics and Genomics Certificate from Stanford School of Medicine ($3,445)

Biochemistry from UC San Diego ($745, for credit)

Magoosh – GRE study tool

To fulfill prerequisite requirements for entry to a graduate program, consider taking courses from your local or state community college system or a local university. Contact the programs to which you are interested in applying to confirm the credits will be accepted.


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This post was originally published April 26, 2019.