Program Accreditation


The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Genetic Counseling Training Program received full accreditation in 2013.  Fully accredited programs must complete a rigorous process to demonstrate that the program is capable of meeting the criteria for a genetic counseling training program as established by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling. Programs that successfully complete this process are awarded full accreditation for a maximum period of six years. All students that graduate from an accredited program are board eligible. The UAB genetic counseling program will apply for re-accreditation in 2019.

Credentials Conferred: Masters of Science degree in Genetic Counseling awarded by the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Board Certification:  Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the certification examination offered by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC).

Students who successfully graduate from a genetic counseling training program receive a masters degree in Genetic Counseling (MS).  To become a certified genetic counselor (CGC), all students (nationwide) take a board exam after graduation.  This exam is offered each year, and successful counselors will receive certification through the ABGC.