Qualified applicants who demonstrate a well-developed interest in medical genetic services are encouraged to apply. A personal interview is required; regional interviews are possible for qualified candidates unable to visit the College. Applications and supporting documentation are required by January 15 prior to the August of expected matriculation. Interviews of the most competitive candidates are usually scheduled during March and April. Applicants are notified on the uniform notification date selected by the ABGC consortium of training program directors, traditionally in late April or early May.
Sarah Lawrence College is committed to training persons from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds who are underrepresented in this health care profession and welcomes their applications. A multicultural Human Genetics Alumnae/i Admissions Advisory Board and the Diversity Task Force of the National Society of Genetic Counselors assist the College in identifying, recruiting, and retaining qualified applicants.
Required prerequisites for admission (to be completed before enrollment)
- General biology
- Human embryology or vertebrate developmental biology
- Genetics (Mendelian)
- Molecular genetics or cell biology
- Basic chemistry
- Probability and statistics
- Exposure to and/or shadowing of genetic counseling
- Experience in a counseling-based agency (e.g., Planned Parenthood, crisis hotline, HIV counseling facility, etc.)
- Computer literacy
- Abnormal psychology
- Psychology of personality
- Organic chemistry
- Fluency in a foreign language, particularly Spanish