Certified genetic counselors are experts in medical genetics and counseling. A certified genetic counselor guides and supports individuals and families who are looking for information about how inherited conditions might affect them.
A certified genetic counselor has a Master’s degree from an accredited training program. Genetic Counseling programs teach:
- how to assess risk in families
A certified genetic counselor has passed a national exam from the American Board of Genetic Counseling.
What is genetic testing?
Genetic testing is a type of test that looks for abnormalities in your genes or DNA. Abnormalities and changes in your genes sometimes cause inherited conditions. Genetic testing may involve a blood draw, a cheek swab or a sample of spit. The results of genetic testing may affect you or your family members.
What would that mean for you?
- It could affect your health care
- It could affect the health care for your family
- It could affect your family planning