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Discipline-Specific Genomic Competencies

Discipline-specific genomic competencies are knowledge and skills that a provider needs in order to perform specific functions in genomic healthcare. Competency-based healthcare education is an outcomes-based approach that uses competencies to organize and structure curricula and continuing education.


  • Click on Competency Summary to view a simple, abbreviated format of the competency hierarchy, suitable for printing.
  • Click on the Reference link to view the published competencies as a pdf or through a link to an article.


Competency SummaryReference and Description
Genetic CounselorPractice-Based Competencies for Genetic Counselors
June 2019

This document defines and describes the practice-based competencies that an entry-level provider must demonstrate to successfully practice as a genetic counselor.
Medical School Education

2022 Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics (APHMG) consensus-based update of the core competencies for undergraduate medical education in genetics and genomics
October 2022

The published updated competencies created through consensus by the APHMG will serve as a guide for medical school leadership and educators involved in curriculum development, implementation, and assessment. Use of these competencies across the undergraduate medical curricula will foster knowledge, skills, and behaviors required in medical practice across a wide range of specialties. 

Nurses: All

The Essentials of Genomic Nursing: Competencies and Outcome Indicators, 3rd Edition © 2023

The Essentials of Genomic Nursing: Competencies and Outcome Indicators constitute the minimum competency in genomics required of all registered nurses regardless of the level of academic training, role, or specialty.

Nurses: Graduate

Essential Genetic and Genomic Competencies for Nurses with Graduate Degrees
© 2012

This document provides the essential genetic and genomic competencies for nurses prepared at the graduate level. These competencies apply to any graduate level nurse including but not limited to advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), clinical nurse leaders, nurse educators, nurse administrators, and nurse scientists. The APRN role has a different legal scope of practice so some competencies have been identified as unique to APRNs. These competencies assume that nurses with graduate degrees have already achieved core competencies provided in the Essentials of Genetic & Genomic Nursing: Competencies, Curricula Guidelines, & Outcome Indicators 2nd Edition © 2009

PharmacistPharmacists Leading the Way to Precision Medicine: Updates to the Core Pharmacist Competencies in Genomics
April 2021

These published pharmacogenomics-specific competencies were mapped to the Entrustable Professional Activities for pharmacists resulting in 30 competencies that reflect the contemporary roles pharmacists play in the application of pharmacogenomics in clinical practice.
PhysicianFramework for Development of Physician Competencies in Genomic Medicine

Published guidance for physicians and their educators that establishes genomics practice competencies for physicians in various medical disciplines. These competencies consist of a basic set of genomic skills to support family history, genomic testing, treatment based on genomic results, somatic genomics and microbial genomic information.
Physician AssistantPhysician Assistant Genomic Competencies
September 2016

Published genomic competencies and learning outcomes for physician assistants consistent with medical education guidelines and the collaborative nature of PAs in interprofessional health care teams.


Last updated: June 24, 2024