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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Genetic Counseling (MS)

Mission

The mission of the MS Genetic Counseling Program is to provide an exemplary learning environment in which students obtain the knowledge, skills, and competencies to provide culturally competent and ethical genetic counseling services in a variety of clinical settings. The program emphasizes the values of cooperative and lifelong learning to prepare graduates that will contribute to the field and society in productive ways through clinical and professional service, research, and education and advocacy. Major learning outcomes of the program are guided by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) Practice Based Competencies, and a major program outcome is the ability of program graduates to achieve certification in genetic counseling by passing the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) Certification Examination.

Learning Outcomes

Critical Thinking Skills
By the end of clinical rotation 5, students will demonstrate proficiency in American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) Practice Based Competencies Critical Thinking Skills:

II:a Can assess and calculate genetic and teratogenic risks

II:c Can identify, synthesize, organize and summarize pertinent medical and genetic information for use in genetic counseling.

Interpersonal, Counseling and Psychosocial Assessment Skills
By the end of clinical rotation 5, students will demonstrate proficiency in American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) Practice Based Competencies Interpersonal, Counseling and Psychosocial Assessment skill:

III:c. Can use a range of interviewing techniques

Communication Skills
By the end of clinical rotation 5, students will demonstrate proficiency in American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) Practice Based Competencies Communication skills:

I:e. Can convey genetic, medical and technical information (diagnosis, etiology, natural history, prognosis, treatment/management) of genetic conditions and/or birth defects to clients with a variety of educational, socioeconomic, and ethnocultural backgrounds.

I:h. Can document and present case information clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, as appropriate to the audience.

Certification Exam
Students will meet or exceed national pass rate on American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) certification examination. As of January 2014, the examination will be administered by ABGC twice each year.

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