UAB Genetics Counseling program earns maximum accreditation status

The UAB Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is a collaborative program to provide educational and clinical training in genetic counseling.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Genetics Counseling Graduate Program has been accredited by the Accreditation Council of Genetic Counseling for the maximum six-year term for a program graduating from provisional accreditation.

The UAB Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is a collaborative program offered by UAB’s School of Health Professions that engages faculty in the School of Medicine’s Department of Genetics and the School of Education’s Counselor Education Program to provide comprehensive educational and clinical training in the field of genetic counseling.

The program, the only one in Alabama, gives students access to state-of-the-art medical facilities including UAB Hospital, the UAB Women’s and Infant’s Center, Kirklin Clinic and Children’s of Alabama. This provides a wide variety of clinical training experiences and a diverse patient population. Student instruction utilizes internationally recognized genetics and teaching faculty to provide a wide-ranging and exciting education in the field of genetic counseling. 

Graduates will be well prepared for roles in traditional clinical settings, as well as emerging areas of genetic counseling such as research and laboratory-based genetic counseling. Traditionally, genetic counselors have been in medical settings caring for individuals and families with genetic conditions, disabilities or predisposition to disease. 

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