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Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

Pictured from left to right (Rob Oliver, Augustana University President), Katie Burns, Kayleigh Avello, Maija Rannikko, Allison Hutchinson, Quinn Stein (Program Director), Arielle Flynn, Liana Dayhoff, Austin Huber, Jerica Lenberg, and Dr. Gene Hoyme (Program Medical Director-Sioux Falls).

Genetic Counseling is not only an enjoyable and fascinating career, it is also one with national job growth potential !

The Augustana-Sanford Genetic Counseling Graduate Program (ASGCGP) welcomed its pioneer class — the Class of 2018 — on September 1, 2016, at the Sanford Center. The ASGCGP is a collaborative program among Augustana University, Sanford Health, and numerous other partners. It is one of less than 40 ACGC-accredited programs in the U.S. and the only one in South Dakota.

Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will open in the Fall of 2017. All applications will be reviewed by the Genetic Counseling Graduate Program Admission Committee. Upon review, the committee will determine the most-qualified applicants, and they will be invited for on-site interviews. Offers of admission will be extended in April 2018.

In this two-year program. the student learning experience equally involves classroom learning, hands-on participation, and clinical rotations. While the first year is more heavily weighted toward classroom learning, students begin to have clinical patient interactions in their first semester. During the second year, the balance shifts away from classroom learning and toward a richer clinical experience.

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All students enrolled in the program spend their first academic year in Sioux Falls, whereas second-year students train in either Sioux Falls or San Diego, California. Students in both locations are connected with each other through technology and frequent communication.

Augustana University’s Master’s in Genetic Counseling program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). located at 4400 College Blvd. Ste. 220, Overland Park, KS 66211, web address ACGC can be reached by phone at 913.222.8668.

The Augustana-Sanford Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) .

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