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School of Health Professions

Genetic Counseling Program Admissions

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Applications

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Thank you for your interest in the Baylor College of Medicine Genetic Counseling Program.

The application window for the 2021-2022 academic year is now open. The application window will remain open until midnight Dec. 31, 2020.

Check your APPLICATION STATUS. To return to your saved application, use the username and password you created when you started your application.

If you have any questions regarding the admissions process or programs, contact Baylor College of Medicine-Genetic Counseling Program.

The Baylor College of Medicine Genetic Counseling program participates in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services. Visit the NMS website to register for the match, review detailed information about the matching process, and to view a demonstration of how the matching algorithm works.

Your unique NMS ID number will be required in order for you to submit your application.

Before starting your application, view the application process for information about the match and applying to our program.

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Fee Reimbursement Initiative

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Texas Society of Genetic Counselors (TSGC) Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Task Force Texas Training Program Fee Reimbursement Initiative

If you are an applicant to a genetic counseling program in Texas and identify as Black or African American, you are eligible to apply for reimbursement of your Texas GC program application fee and your NMS fee. To apply, please fill out the TSGC Application for Reimbursement which is available on the TSGC website after you have applied to a Texas genetic counseling program and have receipts of payment available. A member of the TSGC DEI Task Force will be in contact with you if additional information is needed and for confirmation of your request.

All materials for reimbursement must be submitted by Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Reimbursements will be distributed on a first come first serve basis until funds are exhausted.

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Tuition & Fees

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View tuition and fees for the Genetic Counseling Program.

The Baylor College of Medicine Office of Student Financial Aid helps students navigate the process of applying for financial support.

Students are encouraged to visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website for a complete listing of available programs, eligibility requirements, application processing, and policies. For additional information or assistance, call the Office of Student Financial Aid at (713) 798-4603.

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Prerequisites

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All of the elements below are required for admission into the Genetic Counseling Program. Students must also meet technical standards. A bachelor's degree is required. While most of our students will have an undergraduate degree in biological sciences, this is not required. Although desktop computers may be available for students to use, access can not be guaranteed and a personal laptop computer is required since it will be needed for certain class assignments.

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Transcript(s) Documenting

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  • Science courses up through and including biochemistry.
  • At least one upper-level human genetics course (300 or 400 level if this is available at your institution).
  • A general statistics course.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0. Applications with a GPA under 3.0 will not be reviewed.
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A Curriculum Vitae

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Employment history should be included in an applicant's CV.

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Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

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General Test: Verbal, Analytical, and Quantitative (GRE scores must be no more than five years old). Please use the Baylor College of Medicine GRE code 6052. We do not use a department code. If you hold an advanced degree, a GRE waiver may be requested; before application submission. Documentation may be required.

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Personal Statement

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In a brief statement (750 words or less) tell us how your academic and life experiences have led you to pursue a career in genetic counseling. In addition, pick a specific situation in either your advocacy role or shadowing experience that further fueled your interest in pursuing genetic counseling as a career.

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Advocacy Experience

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Advocacy experience demonstrates a candidate’s willingness and appreciation of the responsibilities of a counseling or supportive role. Acceptable experiences include a volunteer or paid position with a community-based agency such as a crisis intervention program, Planned Parenthood affiliate, domestic violence program, or hospice program. Serving as a resident assistant, student advisor, or some related activity is also acceptable.

The experiences should include sufficient opportunity to work in a responsible, one-on-one (in person or by telephone) relationship with a variety of individuals seeking information, resources, guidance, counseling, or other support services made available through the sponsoring agency or organization.

Ideally, some form of reporting or performance review with ongoing supervision should be a component of the experiences. Applicants may wish to complete these experiences on a part-time basis in the evenings and weekends while either attending school or working full-time in advance of applying.

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Three Letters of Recommendation

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A supervisor from your advocacy experience must write one letter. The other letters may be from anyone who can comment on your academic, employment, or volunteer experience. If for some reason it is not possible to get a letter related to your advocacy experience, please submit an explanation that clarifies why your advocacy supervisor did not write a letter. Letters should not come from family members, but from others who have known you in educational, work, or community settings.

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Background Check

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The College requires genetic counseling students to undergo a background check to assure that you will be allowed to work in all clinical settings where you are assigned and, ultimately, to qualify for certification. Background checks occur after offers of admission, so each student who accepts an offer of admission will be required to provide consent for this to occur.

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Diversity and Inclusion

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Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity as a prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers and providing patient-centered care.

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Structural racism directly impacts all communities, including the healthcare community. As a leading biomedical institution in one of the largest, most diverse cities in the United States, Baylor College of Medicine is committed to protecting and promoting the health of all individuals, to working toward a more just healthcare system, and to demonstrating leadership in the advancement of diversity, inclusion and equity.

Read the College’s position statement on Racial Justice to Improve Public Health.

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Genetic Counseling Program Webinar

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Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity as a prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers and providing patient-centered care.