This major is a program that prepares individuals to counsel patients and families concerning inherited genetic disorders and diseases; assess risk factors and planning options associated with potential and actual inherited conditions; and serve as patient advocates and provide referral services in relation to private and public support services.
Includes instruction in clinical/medical genetics, methods of genetic testing, interviewing, and counseling skills, genetic and support services delivery, principles of public health, medical ethics, law and regulations, patient advocacy, and professional standards.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Genetic Counseling/Counselor Major?
In this career, you will likely work with clinical, administrative, and research associates in relation to your clients. This includes communication, data entry, and genetic testing coordination for the purpose of genetic therapy and treatment.
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