The Genetic Counseling Program offered at Baylor College of Medicine will provide an integrated medical genetics graduate education. Students will benefit from the School of Allied Health Sciences and Baylor College of Medicine environment which places emphasis on the values of respect, integrity, innovation, teamwork, and excellence.

Our application portal is now accepting applications for students wishing to be accepted for admission to the Baylor College of Medicine Genetic Counseling Program in the fall of 2018. Apply today!

Clinical

Our location in the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical complex, gives our students access to several of the nation’s leading hospitals. Our exceptionally diverse patient care activities including the nation’s largest clinical genetics program with prenatal, pediatric, adult and cancer clinical encounters, allows rich exposure to patients and families from many cultural and ethnic groups.

Research

Our students will have access to research activities within the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, which surpasses all other genetics departments nationally in funding from the National Institutes of Health. The partnership between the partnership between the diagnostic laboratory, Baylor Genetics and the College provides unique educational experiences for students seeking either laboratory or industry related genetic counseling careers.

Clinical research experience, including access to DNA sequencing as part of the Undiagnosed Diseases Network, is integral to our program.

Community

Houston is the most diverse large metropolitan area in the country. Our students will gain valuable insights through community outreach programs and supplemental activities that transform perspectives on disease and redefine personalized medical care.

Faculty

Our faculty includes more than 35 genetic counselors. Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D., the Robert and Janice McNair Endowed chair of molecular and human genetics, has been a driving force behind the vision and creation of a Baylor genetic counseling training program. 

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Baylor College of Medicine Genetic Counseling Program is to provide a genomic medicine education promoting excellence in the science of genetics and the practice of genetic counseling across the continuum of care. The interdisciplinary team of clinical, laboratory and research faculty available at Baylor provides experiences that empower graduates to become empathic professionals with effective critical thinking skills.

The program exemplifies Baylor College of Medicine's values with an overriding commitment to diversity and inclusion through effective teaching and collaboration across Baylor and its affiliated institutions while maintaining an innovative education program that promotes personal, intellectual, and clinical integrity.

Accreditation

Graduate programs in genetic counseling must be accredited before students enroll so that their graduates are eligible to take the American Board of Genetic Counseling certification exam. The body that accredits genetic counseling programs is the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). The Baylor College of Medicine program is not yet accredited. Baylor initiated the ACGC accreditation process in June, 2017. An accreditation decision must be obtained before the March 15, 2018 deadline for programs to be eligible to enroll in the 2018 match.