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ATCG 600 Issues Confronting Genetic Counselors: Principles and Practices
This course is designed to expose students to issues confronting genetic counselors from a counseling perspective with a focus on assessing the need for psychosocial support and exploring diverse counseling theories.
Fall (1st Year), 3 credits

ATCG 601 Clinical Genetics in Practice I
This course is designed to explore the specific aspects of medicine that genetic counselors confront in their careers with a focus on clinical knowledge and skill development. Issues covered include prenatal genetics, infertility genetics, hematology genetics, genetic testing based on ethnicity, newborn screening and pediatric genetics.
Fall (1st Year), 3 credits

ATCG 602 Clinical Genetics in Practice II
This course is designed to explore the specific aspects of medicine that genetic counselors confront in their careers with a focus on clinical knowledge and skill development. Issues covered include adult cancer genetics, neurological genetics, cardiology genetics, pharmacogenetics, and Bayesian risk calculations.
Spring (1st Year), 3 credits

ATCG 603 Clinical Genetics in Practice III
This course discusses the current state of the genetic counseling profession including all professional issues. It also provides a means to provide discussion of student thesis projects as a group and address presentation skills.
Fall (2nd Year), 3 credits

ATCG 604 Clinical Genetics in Practice IV
This course focuses on the legal and ethical issues in the practice of genetic counseling and clinical genetics. Genetic counselors and other health care professionals often work with physicians and the medical team in making crucial medical decisions based on genetic test results. Often, these decisions are controversial, and are surrounded by legal and ethical issues. This course will address some of the most common legal and ethical challenges faced in genetic counseling.
Spring (2nd Year), 3 credits

ATCG 610 Cytogenetics
The course will introduce topics of chromosomal structure and function, chromosome abnormalities and their clinical presentations, chromosomal basis of cancer, and cytogenetic laboratory techniques.
Fall (1st Year), 2 credits

ATCG 613 Molecular Genetics
This course will emphasize understanding of the applications of the emerging techniques in molecular biology as they apply to genetics. Special emphasis will be on topics important to biomedical applications and to those presenting ethical considerations.
Fall (1st Year), 3 credits

ATCG 615 Special Topics in Adult Genetics
This is a special topics course focusing on adult genetics covering topics such as cancer genetics, neurogenetics, adult cardiac genetics and pharmacogenetics. These issues are covered at an advanced level.
Fall (2nd Year), 1 credit

ATCG 668 Genetic Counseling Pre-Practicum
The client-centered counseling approach stresses the critical importance of three basic conditions: accurate empathy, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness. This is an entry level counseling laboratory course designed to provide basic fundamental communication skills training to prospective counselors in the genetic counseling program.
Spring (1st Year), 3 credits

ATCG 669 Genetic Counseling Practicum
This is an in-depth counseling practicum designed to provide supervised genetic counseling experience from a developmental, multicultural perspective. The main emphasis and focus of the course is on practice. Students will participate in role-plays and will participate in peer critique in a supervised and positive learning environment.
Fall (2nd Year), 5 credits

ATCG 701 Design and Analysis in Genetics Research
The class is intended to provide a broad understanding of the application of statistical procedures to the analysis of scientific data. The goal is for students to improve their ability to read, comprehend, and critically review relevant scientific literature in their field.
Spring (1st Year) and Fall (2nd Year), 1 credit each

ATCG 702 Clinical Internship
Students work under the supervision of a genetic counselor/geneticist in a variety of genetics clinics. Students will complete 4 rotations beginning in the summer semester – one rotation in the summer semester (7 weeks, full time) and three rotations (10 weeks each, part time) during the second academic year in the program. With the consent of the program director, students may arrange to do a rotation at another site during the summer semester.
Summer (1st Year), 2 credits
Fall (2nd Year), 4 credits
Fall/Spring (2nd Year), 4 credits
Spring (2nd Year), 4 credits

ATCG 708 Capstone Project/Thesis
This course is open only to matriculated students. Approval of department chairperson, program director and mentor is required. In this course, the student executes a proposed final project or thesis topic which the student completes under the supervision of a faculty member. Written and oral presentations are required.
Spring (2nd Year), 3 credits

BIO 514 Biochemical Genetics
This course will focus on the biochemistry of genetic disorders resulting in metabolic problems with the processing and storage of amino acids, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids.
Fall (2nd Year), 3 credits

BIO 528 Human Development
In this course we will cover human development. Special attention will be given to teratogens, diseases, and genetic conditions that cause particular developmental abnormalities during critical embryological periods.
Fall (1st Year), 3 credits

BIO 530 Clinical Genetics
This course will focus on genetics and genomics in human medicine. Students will learn about individual genetic disorders as well as screening techniques and fundamental concepts of inheritance. Ethical issues in medical genetics will also be covered.
Spring (1st Year), 3 credits

BMS 612 Pathophysiology II
Molecular, biochemical and metabolic events, which identify disease of several body systems, are presented.
Spring (1st Year), 3 credits