We generally receive 80 to 100 applications per year for the program. Currently, 4 to 5 students are admitted each year.
No. Many successful applicants have backgrounds in other areas, including psychology, sociology or education. But all qualified applicants have successfully completed courses in genetics and biochemistry prior to enrolling. Many successful applicants have had some work or research experience beyond college that has helped to focus their interest in genetic counseling.
We do not normally schedule formal interviews at the applicant's request, but we are available for answering questions by phone and by email. You may schedule a tour of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health through the Admissions Office (410-955-3543), or take a self-tour, and end your tour by meeting with the Program Coordinator, Jami-Lin Williams (410-955-2315, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Interviews are offered to a subset of the most qualified applicants. Interviews typically are scheduled for April. Only applicants who have been interviewed are accepted into the program.
We are unable to pay for expenses associated with interviewing. In years past, candidates have been hosted by current students who may be able to provide transportation to and from the airport as well as between JHU and NHGRI. Some meals are provided by the hosting students and by the program.
Please find the online application and instructions on the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health website. Applications are processed through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for CEPH-accredited public health programs. Please note that all supporting materials shall be submitted online and/or directly to the SOPHAS processing center.
Yes. Scores from other tests such as the MCAT are not acceptable. GRE scores should be reported using the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health code 5352. There is no departmental code.
We require that students entering the program have completed at least one course in biochemistry and one in genetics. Occasionally, a student may be enrolled in one of these required courses at the time of applying to the program, or may even be planning to take a course over the summer, before matriculating in the Genetic Counseling Training Program. If one of the required courses does not appear on a transcript that accompanies the application, an explanation of the plan for completing the required prerequisite should be appended to the application.
Many of our successful applicants have worked in a paid or voluntary capacity for a rape crisis center, Planned Parenthood, or a crisis intervention hotline. Classroom teaching and work as a camp counselor are useful experiences but do not generally fulfill this requirement. A distinguishing characteristic of an experience that fulfills this requirement is that the applicant received counseling training as part of his or her experience.
The JHU/NHGRI Genetic Counseling Training Program requires 2 and 1/2 years of full-time study. Due to the complexity of scheduling clinical rotations and sequences of required courses, we cannot accept part-time students at this time. Occasionally, a course required as a part of the program might be waived if the student has taken a comparable graduate-level course elsewhere. Even when this occurs, the degree program would not be likely to be shortened to less than 2 and 1/2 years.
We do not require that applicants have experience observing genetic counseling. However, some applicants who have had this experience have a better understanding of the profession and its requirements.
Virtually all of our graduates are employed in the field of genetic counseling. In general, there continue to be more genetic counseling job openings than there are qualified counselors to fill them.
The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) has prepared a career information packet that can be obtained by calling the NSGC at 312-321-6834. Additional information is available through the NSGC Web site [nsgc.org].
Last Reviewed: February 6, 2017