Admissions

The Wake Forest Genetic Counseling Training Program participates in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match process through National Matching Services (NMS). The Genetic Counseling Admissions Match has been established to place applicants into positions in masters-level genetic counseling programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC).

All applicants must first register for the Match with NMS before applying to participating genetic counseling graduate programs.

After program interviews, both applicants and programs will provide NMS will a rank list in order of preference. NMS will then perform an algorithm to match applicants and programs. The binding results of the Match will be released to both applicants and programs simultaneously in late April. Please 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.

Program Pre-requisites

Applicants to the program should have completed the following pre-requisites:

  • A 4-year baccalaureate degree
  • A semester (or equivalent) of the following coursework:
    • Introductory biology
    • An upper-level biology elective
    • Biochemistry
    • Genetics
    • Statistics
    • Psychology

In addition to these pre-requisites, applicants must:

  • Register with the NMS match system as outline above
  • Submit scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Exam
    • Individuals who have a previous advanced degree and/or relevant work experience my request a waiver
  • Submit scores for the TOEFL Exam (International applicants only)
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • A written personal statement
  • A video or audio statement

We invite applicants from diverse backgrounds who are interested in this dynamic career in healthcare. Competitive applicants will have:

  • A 3.0 or higher GPA from undergraduate or graduate coursework
  • Exposure to the genetic counseling field through shadowing, volunteering in a genetic counseling practice, or working among genetic counselors in some capacity
  • Experience with individuals with genetic conditions or disabilities and/or in crisis situations (e.g. through crisis counseling)