Advanced Research Training for Genetic Counselors, Certificate

This program is only available to certified Genetic Counselors.

Advanced Research Training for Genetic Counselors is a graduate-level certificate program that provides genetic counselors with specific advanced training for research, enabling them to lead biomedical, translational, behavioral, and/or clinical research studies in genomic medicine. This is a part-time, online, one-year program currently open only to Genetic Counselors who have graduated from an ACGC-accredited MSGC program. 

Courses are primarily asynchronous and are taken one at a time, in sequential seven-week blocks, two in the fall semester (GENC 7101 and GENC 7102) and two in the spring semester (GENC 7103 and an elective course). Regular weekly synchronous online meetings provide students with opportunities to build on didactic learning.

As part of the certificate program, students will enroll in a specific online elective offered through one of the Perelman School of Medicine's Master’s and Certificate Programs, such as Healthcare Innovation, Bioethics, or Public Health. The elective course may enhance a student’s interests and skills in patient advocacy, health care disparities, genomic medicine, health care innovations, ethical, legal, and social issues, or promote their ability to write grants as independent researchers. Electives require prior approval of the Mentoring Committee.

Throughout their time in the program, each student also works closely with a research mentor to design and complete an individual research project in their area of interest. This can be a research project the student is already actively pursuing, or if desired, the student can propose a new research topic and be matched with a research mentor at their institution.

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The Certificate in Advance Research Training for Genetic Counselors is graded on a pass/fail basis, excepting situations where a student were to enroll in elective course where pass/fail grading is not an option. Students must complete 4 course units to earn the certificate. 

GENC 7101Research Design and Methodologies1
GENC 7102Research Bioethics1
GENC 7103Manuscript & Grant Writing1
Total Course Units4

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.