Mission & Objectives
The mission of the Kean University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is to provide rigorous forward-thinking scientific and psychosocial education via didactic, research and clinical experiences to develop capable, confident and motivated genetic counselors ready to fill current and future roles in genetics and genomics
Our progressive program will empower our graduates to become leaders, policy makers and innovators actively guiding the future of the genetic counseling profession.
The Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) sets educational standards which enable students to obtain Practice-Based Competencies (PBCs) for the entry-level genetic counselor. The Kean University GCGP curriculum was created to adhere to these standards supporting attainment of the PBCs by the time of graduation. The curriculum is 65 credits over 21 months or 5 semesters. The curriculum includes education in the didactic, clinical and research arenas.
Upon completion of the GCGP, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate and utilize a vast understanding of genetics and genomics core concepts to include molecular basis of inheritance; etiology, features and natural history of a multitude of genetic disorders; testing options and report interpretation; risk assessment; and disease management and prevention
- Manage a case including preparation, consult and follow-up; assess and apply information gained from the literature; integrate understanding of the psychosocial aspects of the disorder; and provide information on resources to support the client
- Conduct a thorough genetics consult inclusive of agenda, pedigree, histories, use of varied counseling skills and promotion of client informed decision-making
- Apply genetic counseling skills in a manner sensitive to educational level, socioeconomic status, cultural and religious beliefs, emotional state and language of the client
- Conduct a research project from literature review and study design to written and oral presentation
- Conduct oneself in accordance with ethical, legal, professional and philosophical principles of the profession and employer
- Demonstrate active involvement in professional development, leadership, interprofessional relationship development and advocacy
- Exhibit knowledge of varied service delivery models and policies in current practice
- Use evidence-based and self-reflective approach to practice
Current tuition and fees for the 21-month program are $43,834 for both in-state and out-of-state students.