Becoming an effective genetic counselor comes through a variety of different clinical and personal experiences. Clinical fieldwork provides students with an on-going developmental process that allows them to refine their counseling skills over time and throughout many different settings. Students are required to satisfactorily complete a total of five rotations which will be in a variety of genetics specialties (prenatal, pediatric, adult disease, cancer, industry/lab, specialty clinic, public health, etc.).
Fieldwork enables students to gain practical experience in the genetic counseling field and develop their own personal counseling skills while under the guidance and tutelage of industry professionals who have years of experience in practice. They will also be better able to understand the various roles that genetic counselors play in the healthcare and other industries. Students will be directly involved in the provision of patient care and on the lab side they will be involved with interpretation and reporting of complex genetic testing results.