Applications are currently being accepted through December 15, 2020.

The Program in Genetic Counseling will be an innovative, 21-month Master of Science program that will prepare graduates to become certified genetic counselors. We are currently undergoing the accreditation process.

Program Mission & Objectives

The mission of the Program in Genetic Counseling at Washington University is to educate future generations of genetic counselors to serve the growing need for diverse, culturally competent, innovative genetic counselors serving patients, working in industry, and conducting research.

The objectives of our program are to provide a rigorous curriculum, broad and robust clinical experiences, and expert research guidance to graduate students who are well-prepared to fill the ever-expanding professional roles in which genetic counselors may be employed.

Curriculum Design

The program takes place over 21 months: Fall and Spring semesters in the 1st year, the intervening summer between 1st and 2nd year, and Fall and Spring semesters in the 2nd year.

Our students will take nine didactic courses which have been specifically developed for the program. The course content and pace will be driven specifically to accommodate the learning of this small cohort.

Our students will also enroll in 2 required and one elective course available to students in other WUSM training programs. The two required courses, “Current Topics in Human and Mammalian Genetics” and “Genetics and Genomics of Disease”, are also taken by predoctoral students in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences at WUSM.

Required Coursework
Course TitleInstructor(s)Credit hrs.# weeks
1st Year Fall Semester
Introduction to Genetic Counseling IRachael Bradshaw, MS and Tomi Toler, MS414
Current Topics in Human and Mammalian GeneticsMarwan Shinawi, MD314
Human Embryology (online course)DJ Lowrie Jr, PhD (Univ. of Cincinnati)217 self-paced lectures
Laboratory Genetic CounselingMeagan Corliss, MS314
Genetic Counseling Journal ClubPatricia Dickson, MD1~5 meetings
1st Year Spring Semester
Introduction to Genetic Counseling IIRachael Bradshaw, MS and Tomi Toler, MS414
Clinical Genetic SpecialtiesTomi Toler, MS and Marwan Shinawi, MD314
Genetic Counseling Research Design & EthicsErin Linnenbringer, PhD, MS314
Elective CourseVarious (***see list below)2-314 ***
Genetic Counseling Journal ClubPatricia Dickson, MD1~5 meetings
1st to 2nd Year Intervening Summer
Research Project IErin Linnenbringer, PhD, MS212
Clinical Rotations ITomi Toler, MS412
2nd Year Fall Semester
Advanced Genetic Counseling IRachael Bradshaw, MS and Tomi Toler, MS414
Genetics and Genomics of DiseaseTimothy Schedl, PhD214
Research Project IIErin Linnenbringer, PhD, MS214
Clinical Rotations IITomi Toler, MS314
Genetic Counseling Journal ClubPatricia Dickson, MD1~5 meetings
2nd Year Spring Semester
Advanced Genetic Counseling IIRachael Bradshaw, MS and Tomi Toler, MS414
TeratologyRachael Bradshaw, MS214
Clinical Rotations IIITomi Toler, MS314
Research Project IIIErin Linnenbringer, PhD, MS214
Genetic Counseling Journal ClubPatricia Dickson, MD1~5 meetings
Elective Course Listing
Course TitleCredit hrs.Semester
Health Education: Methods, Planning, and Evaluation3Spring
Epidemiology for Clinical Research3Spring
Counseling Skills for Health Care Professionals3Summer
Health Psychology3Summer
Spanish for Health Care Professionals II3Spring
Scientific Writing and Publishing2Spring
Communicating Research Findings to the Media and Lay Audiences1January
Principles of Shared Decision Making and Health Literacy in the Clinical Setting3Spring
Supplemental Activities
Name or Type of ActivityFrequency
Monthly Professional Development Lunch & Learn1 x/ month
Observe GCs in various Genetics Clinics2 x/ week during 1st year Fall semester
Observe in Specialty Clinics (Movement Disorders, Adult Sickle Cell/Hemophilia Clinics, etc)5 total observations, 1st year Spring semester
Genetics in Pop Culture activity1 x/ month
Work with Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education3 x/ semester
Attend Cordell Institute for Policy in Medicine and Law Programming1 x/ year
Genetic Counseling Student Case ConferenceWeekly
Clinical Rotations Sites & Supervisors
Clinic Site/LocationSpecialtyLead/Primary Clinical Supervisor
WUSM Genetics & Genomic MedicinePediatricsTomi Toler, MS, CGC
WUSM Prenatal GeneticsPrenatalAmie Stanley, MS, CGC
WUSM Pediatric Cancer Predisposition ClinicCancerAndrea Stacy, MS, CGC
WUSM Siteman Cancer CenterCancerSusan Jones, MS, CGC
SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital/Saint Louis University School of MedicinePediatricsKatherine Christensen, MS, CGC
SSM Health St. Mary’s HospitalPrenatalAshley McElheny, MS, CGC
Saint Louis Fetal Care Institute at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s HospitalPrenatalRachael Bradshaw, MS, CGC
SSM Health/Saint Louis University School of Medicine Hereditary Cancer ServicesCancerLaura Waldman, MS, CGC
Mercy Kids GeneticsPediatricsErin Beaver, MS, CGC
Mercy Perinatal and Fetal CarePrenatalErin Beaver, MS, CGC
Mercy OncologyCancerErin Beaver, MS, CGC

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The University has not yet established tuition rates for the 2021-2022 academic year. As such, the following information reflects our current best estimates. We will update this information as soon as tuition rates and fees are set, which will likely be in early 2021.

$16,980     Tuition per semester

$8,490       Summer tuition (1st year only)

$2,887       Student Health Benefit plan (required)

$45,337     Total estimated first-year tuition and fees

For more details, please review our Program in Genetic Counseling Student Handbook

Want to contact us directly?

Contact our Program Coordinator Elizabeth Yoder by calling us at 314-273-8552 or emailing us at

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