Pre-Genetic Counseling

Genetic counselors provide a critical service to individuals and families considering undergoing genetic testing by helping them identify their risks for certain disorders, investigate family health history, interpret information and determine if testing is needed. Below, learn more about the classes and the national exam you need to prepare for a genetic counseling program. Also, in the useful links section, learn information about genetic counseling programs and general information about genetic counseling.

What classes do I need to take?

Admission requirements vary from Genetic Counseling (GC) program to program across the nation. You can find out the most current requirements directly from the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (once on the page, scroll down) program directory.

 UM-Dearborn pre-requisite courses for GC programs in MI

What is the national standardized test?

For most GC graduate programs, the ETS Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test (not any of the subject tests) is the test required. The best way to prepare for the general GRE test is to use the ETS free test preparation material on prepare for the general GRE. 

What else should I know?

More information, such as what you should major in at UM-Dearborn and what else you can do to prepare for the profession, can be found in our FAQ section.