Genetic Counselor

Degree Type
Track/Emphasis
Area of Interest
STEM
Health and Human Services
Degree Level
Undergraduate
College
College of Engineering, Letters, and Sciences

Genetic counselors are professionals who have specialized education in genetics and counseling to provide personalized help patients may need as they make decisions about their genetic health and how genetic conditions may affect their families. Genetic counselors have advanced training in medical genetics and counseling to interpret genetic test results to guide and support patients. Genetic counselors typically receive a bachelor's degree in biology, social science or a related field, and then go on to receive specialized training via a Master's degree in genetic counseling.

Viterbo University offers pre-health advising programs with majors in biology, biochemistry, and neuroscience. These three majors have been determined to best satisfy the pre-health professional admission requirements of most professional schools in a four-year major curriculum. See the Pre-Professional Handbook for more specific information about each pre-professional program.