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Genetic Counseling Academic & Community Experiences

Along with our extensive network of in-person fieldwork opportunities, our students receive many other valuable experiences in Genetic Counseling as well.

Research Experiences
Objective: Genetic counseling students will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct an independent research project of importance in the genetic counseling field.

The goal of the research courses and activities is for students to know how to plan, conduct, and evaluate research. Bay Path Genetic Counseling students construct a research proposal in the Research Design course. Throughout the two years of the program, students are mentored in the process of planning, implementing and evaluating an independent research project under the purview of the capstone courses. Students present their research results at the annual BPU Academic Achievement Day. They also submit abstracts to the New England Regional Genetics Group and National Society of Genetic Counselors (or other relevant professional meetings) for presentation at the regional and national levels. Crossing into clinical settings, the program provides opportunities for students to work with genetic counselors who are involved in research studies.

Laboratory Rotations
Bay Path Genetic Counseling students spend two weeks full time in each of these settings:
• New York State Health Department Newborn Screening Program
• Bay State Health Molecular Laboratory

Additional laboratory opportunities are anticipated.

Industry Rotations
Recognizing the growing number and types of roles for genetic counselors in companies that provide genetic testing and other "industry" sectors, Bay Path students will have opportunities to rotate in several such settings. Rotations for Bay Path students to work with genetic counselors in the following companies have been established. Students will be encouraged to apply to summer internships and other industry-sponsored opportunities when they present.
• Myriad Genetics
• Quest/Athena Diagnostics
Additional industry rotations are anticipated.

Community Engagement 
Bay Path Genetic Counseling students are encouraged to become engaged in community outreach and service projects. Community engagement is integral to the process of professional development. For example, students will give presentations to local high schools and college students on the career of genetic counseling and other topics. Genetic counseling students will learning alongside other students in OT, art and music therapy, special education, and psychology at the Guild school, which provides special education and residential services for children, teens and young adults.

Professional Development
Genetic Counseling students are held to high standards of professionalism from the time they begin the program, and throughout the training. Many topics in professionalism are threaded within the coursework. Students are encouraged to participate in local, regional and national professional meetings and committees. All students will participate in the regional NERGG meetings, and second year students will attend the NSGC annual conference.