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Student Learning Outcomes

Our Mission
The Bay Path University Genetic Counseling Program trains a diverse adult student body in genetics and genomics, counseling, and research to become competent, compassionate, culturally sensitive genetic counselors. Our goal is to prepare graduates for varied roles in the genetic counseling workforce who will advocate for their patients, maintain the highest quality and ethical standards, effectively work in interdisciplinary teams, contribute to research, and strive for advancement of and leadership in the genetic counseling profession.


Our Vision - Bay Path University strives to:

  • Empower genetic counseling students to take ownership of their learning by engaging them in an accessible personalized learning experience.
  • Utilize technology and innovative teaching strategies to provide genetic counseling students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be lifelong learners.
  • Educate genetic counseling students to be prepared and able to adapt to new research, tests, challenges and opportunities.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Graduates of the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling are expected to achieve the Practice-Based Competencies for Genetic Counselors, stated in four domains:

Domain 1 - Genetics Expertise & Analysis
1.1 Demonstrate & utilize a depth & breadth of understanding and knowledge of genetics and genomics core concepts and principles.
1.2 Integrate knowledge of psychosocial aspects of conditions with a genetic component to promote client well-being.
1.3 Construct relevant, targeted, & comprehensive personal and family histories and pedigrees.
1.4 Identify, assess, facilitate & integrate genetic testing options in genetic counseling practice.
1.5 Assess individuals’ & their relatives’ probability of conditions with a genetic component or carrier status based on their pedigree, test result(s), & other pertinent information.
1.6 Demonstrate the skills necessary to successfully manage a genetic counseling case.
1.7 Critically assess genetic/genomic, medical and social science literature and information.

Domain 2 - Interpersonal, Psychosocial & Counseling Skills
2.8 Establish a mutually agreed upon genetic counseling agenda with the client.
2.9 Employ active listening & interviewing skills to identify, assess, & empathically respond to stated & emerging concerns.
2.10 Use a range of genetic counseling skills & models to facilitate informed decision making & adaption to genetic risks or conditions.
2.11 Promote client-centered , informed, non-coercive & value based decision making.
2.12 Understand how to adapt genetic counseling skills for varied service delivery models.
2.13 Apply genetic counseling skills in a culturally responsive and respectful manner to all clients.

Domain 3 - Education
3.14 Effectively educate clients about a wide range of genetics & genomics information based on their needs, characteristics, & circumstances of the encounter.
3.15 Write concise & understandable clinical & scientific information for audiences of varying educational backgrounds.
3.16 Effectively give a presentation on genetics, genomics and genetic counseling issues.

Domain 4 - Professional Development & Practice
4.17 Act in accordance with the ethical, legal, & philosophical principles and values of the genetic counseling profession and the policies of one’s institution/organization.
4.18 Demonstrate understanding of the research process.
4.19 Advocate for individuals, families, communities and the genetics counseling profession.
4.20 Demonstrate a self-reflective, evidence-based and current approach to genetic counseling practice.
4.21 Understand the methods, roles, and responsibilities of the process of clinical supervision of trainees.
4.22 Establish and maintain professional interdisciplinary relationships in both team and one-on-one settings and recognize one’s role in the larger healthcare system.