CURRICULUM
Our curriculum is designed to provide knowledge and skills in areas such as genetics, genomics, counselling, advocacy, ethics, health systems, cultural awareness and professionalism, aligning with the practice and knowledge based competencies as defined by the Canadian Association of Genetic Counselling (CAGC) and the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC).

The MSc Genetic Counselling Program promotes and supports a community that embraces Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, provides for equality of opportunity, and recognizes the dignity of all people. We promote the disruption of all forms of racism and strive to provide a respectful work and learning environment where learners, faculty and staff are to be free from harassment and discrimination.

Coursework

A summary of coursework and clinical requirements details the curriculum plan.

Clinical Rotations

The Shared Health Genetics and Metabolism Program is the major site for all clinical rotations throughout the academic year. This Program serves over 6,000 patients a year from the provinces of Manitoba, northwestern Ontario and Nunavut from diverse cultural backgrounds living in urban, rural, and remote regions. Our students have an exceptional and diverse experience, providing both in person and telehealth consultations for patients with common and rare genetic diseases.  Students commence early exposure rotations in the first semester to gain exposures to clinic flow and counselling styles. Clinical rotations options include prenatal, medical genetics, cancer, metabolics/newborn screening, cardiac, multi-disciplinary and subspecialty clinics with exposures to clinical and public health laboratories. Students also arrange an external summer elective between 1st and 2nd year and an internal elective in their last semester depending on their interest/availability.

Research

The GCP is thesis-based. Methodologies include qualitative research (interviews or focus groups), surveys, retrospective reviews and bioinformatics studies many subject areas as described in the Journal of Genetic Counseling. Our centralized program provides the network to design projects that are interdisciplinary and/or provincial initiatives. A summary of thesis requirements details the milestones.

Program Completion

At the end of the 2-year MSc in Genetic Counselling Program, our graduates will be eligible to undergo certification with the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) and the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC). Students are expected to complete GCP requirements by June of second year (completion of all three major areas of the program) and degrees will be conferred in October.