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Genetic counsellors are health care professionals with specialized graduate training in the areas of medical genetics and counselling. Read more

Masters in Genetic Counselling

What is a Genetic Counsellor?

Genetic counsellors are health care professionals with specialized graduate training in the areas of medical genetics and counselling. Genetic counsellors usually work as members of a healthcare team, providing information and support to families who have members with birth defects or genetic disorders and to families who may be at risk for a variety of inherited conditions. Genetic counsellors work in a wide variety of settings, these include: general genetics, prenatal care and family planning, pediatrics, oncology, cardiology, neurology, laboratories, research, education, public health settings, and corporate environments. (NSGC website, accessed Oct 7, 2012).

GENERAL PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Department of Medical Genetics, through Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (G+PS) at the University of British Columbia, offers a unique two year graduate program leading to an MSc degree in Genetic Counselling. The program has full accreditation status by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC). Students, upon graduating, will be eligible to apply for “Active Candidate” status for both the ABGC and the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC) certification exams.

Six students are accepted into the Program each year to begin their studies in September. Genetic counsellors, geneticists, other healthcare professionals and UBC faculty members instruct and supervise students during their course of study.

The program balances strong academic grounding, direct clinical experiences and independent research to prepare graduates for the dynamic field of genetic counselling.

Academic coursework provides a comprehensive overview of:
- Molecular genetics and genomics
- Clinical genetics
- Counselling techniques and psychology
- Bioethics

Clinical experiences cover a broad range of specialties, preparing graduates for the expanding professional role. These include both private and public settings in the areas of:
- Prenatal genetics
- Pediatric and adult genetics
- Reproductive medicine
- Cancer
- Psychiatric genetics
- Focused practical rotations in embryofetopathology, fetal ultrasound and prenatal procedures, prenatal biochemistry laboratory, molecular biochemical and cytogenetic laboratories.

Interprofessional health education prepares graduates for a patient centred, team-based approach to healthcare delivery. Collaborating with the College of Health Disciplines, unique experiences include:
- Health Mentorship Program
- The Interprofessional Education (IPE) Passport
- Rounds and educational seminars held by the Department of Medical Genetics, Hereditary Cancer Program, Child and Family
Research Institute, BC Clinical Genomics Network and other departments within the hospital and university network.

While this is not a thesis program, all graduates complete an independent research project. The program provides mentorship, research skills development and encouragement towards contributing to the published literature in genetic counselling outcomes.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Science
- Specialization: Genetic Counselling
- Subject: Health and Medicine
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework only
- Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

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The Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) forms part of the University of Edinburgh and is a large, integrated research institute composed of the Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine, the MRC Human Genetics Unit, and the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre. Read more

Research profile

The Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) forms part of the University of Edinburgh and is a large, integrated research institute composed of the Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine, the MRC Human Genetics Unit, and the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre. The IGMM’s priorities are basic biomedical research through to clinical research across a wide range of themes.

Programmes of work include the following list of themes: genetics of common and complex human diseases, epigenetics, developmental biology and pediatrics, brain biology and disease, cancer biology and biomedical systems analysis/computational biology. There are currently well over a hundred PhD students in training across the IGMM, with a thriving postgraduate society.

MSc by Research

Our MSc by Research enables students to work on a year-long research project. Applicants will need to have identified a supervisor willing to take them on before applying formally.

Training and support

Within the IGMM there are over a hundred PhD students, overseen by a well-established Graduate School structure, embedded within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

There is a Postgraduate Studies Committee (PGSC) chaired by the Director of the Graduate School which is responsible for student training and assessment. The role of the PGSC is to develop and implement guidelines for optimal student training and to ensure best practice in monitoring and assessment. These assessments are carried out by student-specific, carefully selected, thesis committees who stay with the student throughout their PhD project. The committees are made up of the supervisors, an external member (often with particular expertise that relates to the student’s project) and an experienced Chair.

We run training sessions for new PhD students that cover issues such as student-supervisor working relationships, research ethics and assessment mechanisms.

We also have a strong four-year PhD programme within which we provide training workshops on technologies and issues such as tissue governance; all of these workshops are made available to three year students too, who have their own dedicated handbook.

The students also have a thriving postgrad society which runs career talks and social events and an annual scientific retreat.

Facilities

A principal aim of the IGMM is develop fully integrated, multi-disciplinary research programmes across the whole spectrum of basic, clinical and translational research. We have state of the art imaging, DNA sequencing and drug discovery units, a bioinformatics service and excellent lab facilities.

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The Bridging to University Nursing program is a two-semester graduate certificate program offered to assist registered practical nurses (RPNs) with bridging to a degree in nursing. Read more
The Bridging to University Nursing program is a two-semester graduate certificate program offered to assist registered practical nurses (RPNs) with bridging to a degree in nursing.

The curriculum in the Bridging to University Nursing courses is based on the College of Nurses' of Ontario Standards of Practice for Nursing and Entry to Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Nurses. It aims to provide a solid foundation for nursing practice by emphasizing ethics and professional practice, health assessment, skill mastery, and caring for clients with acute and chronic illness.

An exciting and unique aspect of this program is its focus on caring for individuals, groups and communities in acute care, mental health and community settings.

To ensure that you are prepared for the field, this School of Community and Health Studies program gives you opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge in clinical settings under the direction, facilitation and guidance of faculty.

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-Evidence based practices are threaded through the delivery of the program.
-As part of the Bridging to University Nursing program, you gain an understanding of nursing knowledge acquisition, and how research is utilized and applied to complex client care situations.
-The School of Community and Health Studies houses a well-equipped nursing lab that is available for independent and self-directed practice.
-Opportunities exist to develop communication and leadership skills at an advanced level during applied labs and clinical experiences.
-Individual clinical feedback and evaluation from faculty members who are knowledgeable, experienced and caring serves as valuable evidence for employers that you have completed current and safe clinical practice.
-Clinical placement allows you to partake in employment networking opportunities.
-The needs of adult and English-as-a-second-language students are supported.
-The certificate that is earned provides evidence of reflective, competent, and up-to-date practice.

Upon completion of the Bridging to University Nursing program, you will have the ability to:
-Apply generic skills that will facilitate the practice of nursing, ongoing learning and self-development, including effective communication and interpersonal skills
-Demonstrate scholarly writing
-Apply decision-making models which reflect critical thinking and self-reflection
-Assess knowledge appropriately and using research outcomes
-Acquire basic technological literacy skills
-Understand self, society and its institutions in order to assume a role as a responsible citizen
-Practice from a primary health care perspective with a multicultural client population including individuals, families, groups and communities
-Provide nursing care to clients in complex health care situations
-Provide safe, effective and ethical nursing care that meets the current College of Nurses of Ontario professional standards for registered nurses

Educational Partners
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, eligible students may apply to the post-diploma nursing degree program at Ryerson University, offered by the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing.

Career Outlook
-Registered nurse
-Public health nurse
-Community nurse
-Critical care nurse
-Coronary care nurse
-Intensive care nurse
-Trauma nurse

Areas of Employment
As a graduate of the Bridging to University Nursing program in conjunction with Ryerson University, you will be prepared to work in a variety of settings inclusive of, but not limited to:
-Acute care hospital settings
-Public health
-Pediatrics
-Community settings

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The Bridging to University Nursing – Flexible program is a three-semester graduate certificate undertaking that gives registered practical nurses (RPNs) the opportunity to bridge to a degree in nursing. Read more
The Bridging to University Nursing – Flexible program is a three-semester graduate certificate undertaking that gives registered practical nurses (RPNs) the opportunity to bridge to a degree in nursing.

While this Bridging to University Nursing – Flexible program features the same curriculum as the full-time Bridging to University Nursing program, it offers a fall and winter intake. The fall intake, however, does not run during the summer. The winter intake runs three consecutive semesters.

This program's curriculum focuses on ethics and professional practice, health assessment, skill mastery and caring for clients with acute and chronic illness. It aims to provide a solid foundation for nursing practice as it is based on the College of Nurses' of Ontario Standards of Practice for Nursing and Entry to Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Nurses.

While the program has many unique aspects, a particularly exciting and vital element is its focus on caring for individuals, groups and communities in acute care, and mental health and community settings.

This School of Community and Health Studies program includes opportunities for you to apply theoretical knowledge in clinical settings under the direction, facilitation and guidance of faculty, to ensure that you are job-ready upon graduation.

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-Faculty members are knowledgeable, experienced and caring. They also understand and support the needs of adult and English-as-a-second-language students.
-Incorporated into the delivery of the program are evidence-based practices.
-In the Bridging to University Nursing – Flexible program you come to understand nursing knowledge acquisition, and how research is utilized and applied to complex client care situations.
-At Centennial College's nursing lab you are able to conduct independent and self-directed practice to develop advanced-level communication and leadership skills.
-Individual clinical feedback and evaluation will give employers valuable evidence of current and safe clinical practice.
-Clinical placement allows you to apply your skills to the real world and develop an employment network.
-The certificate that is earned will provide evidence of reflective practice, employment and continuing education opportunities.

Upon completion of the Bridging to University Nursing – Flexible program, you will be able to:
-Apply generic skills that will facilitate the practice of nursing, ongoing learning and self development, including effective communication and interpersonal skills
-Demonstrate scholarly writing
-Apply decision-making models that reflect critical thinking and self-reflection
-Assess knowledge appropriately and use research outcomes
-Acquire basic technological literacy skills
-Understand self, society, and its institutions in order to assume a role as a responsible citizen
-Practice from a primary health care perspective with a multi-cultural client population including individuals, families, groups and communities
-Provide nursing care to clients in complex healthcare situations
-Provide safe, effective and ethical nursing care that meets the current College of Nurses of Ontario professional standards for registered nurses

Educational Partners
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, eligible students may apply to the post-diploma nursing degree program at Ryerson University, offered by the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing and the Chang School of Continuing Education.

Career Outlook
-Registered nurse
-Public health nurse
-Community nurse
-Critical care nurse
-Coronary care nurse
-Intensive care nurse
-Trauma nurse

Areas of Employment
Graduates of the Bridging to University Nursing program in conjunction with Ryerson University will be prepared to work in a variety of settings inclusive of, but not limited to:
-Acute care hospital settings
-Public health
-Pediatrics
-Community settings

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The Bridging to University Nursing - IEN program is a two-semester program for internationally educated nurses who must fill theoretical/practical gaps identified by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). Read more
The Bridging to University Nursing - IEN program is a two-semester program for internationally educated nurses who must fill theoretical/practical gaps identified by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). This program is also accessible to domestic graduates who require an updated education or practice to reinstate their registration as a nurse with the CNO. It results in a graduate certificate.

The curriculum of this Bridging to University Nursing - IEN program is based on the CNO Standards of Practice for Nursing and Entry to Practice Competencies for Ontario Registered Nurses. It not only provides a solid foundation for nursing practice but also focuses on ethics and professional practice, health assessment, skill mastery as well as caring for clients with acute and chronic illness.

There is a special focus on caring for individuals, groups and communities in acute care, mental health and community settings, which is a standout element of the offering.

This School of Community and Health Studies program ensures you are prepared for the field by providing you with opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge in clinical settings under the direction, facilitation and guidance of faculty.

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-Delivery of the Bridging to University - IEN program includes evidence-based practices.
-You gain an understanding of nursing knowledge, and how research is utilized and applied to complex client care situations.
-At the School of Community and Health's well-equipped nursing lab, you have the opportunity to complete independent and self-directed practice.
-Labs and a clinical element allow for the application of communication and leadership skills at an advanced level.
-Clinical placement presents networking opportunities.
-The individual clinical feedback and evaluation you receive gives employers valuable evidence of current and safe clinical practice.
-Faculty members in this School of Community and Health Studies program are knowledgeable, experienced and caring professionals.
-If you are an adult or English-as-a-second-language student, your needs are supported.
-The resulting certificate serves as evidence of reflective practice, employment and continuing education opportunities.

Upon completion of this Bridging to University Nursing program, you will be able to:
-Apply generic skills that will facilitate the practice of nursing, ongoing learning and self-development, including effective communication and interpersonal skills
-Demonstrate scholarly writing and basic technological literacy skills
-Apply decision-making models that reflect critical thinking and self-reflection
-Assess knowledge appropriately and use research outcomes
-Practice from a primary health care perspective with multicultural client populations, including individuals, families, groups and communities
-Provide nursing care to clients in complex health care situations
-Provide safe, effective and ethical nursing care that meets the current College of Nurses of Ontario professional standards for registered nurses
-Understand self, society and its institutions to assume a role as a responsible citizen

Educational Partners
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students requiring a baccalaureate degree may be eligible to apply to the post-diploma nursing degree program at Ryerson University, offered by the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing.

Career Outlook
-Registered nurse
-Public health nurse
-Community nurse
-Critical care nurse
-Coronary care nurse
-Intensive care nurse
-Trauma nurse

Areas of Employment
As a graduate of the Bridging to University Nursing program in conjunction with Ryerson University, you will be prepared to work in a variety of settings inclusive of, but not limited to:
-Acute care hospital settings
-Public health
-Pediatrics
-Community settings

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