Genetic Assistant Training Program
Emerging Role of the Genetic Assistant
The field of genetics has grown tremendously over the past decade and has led to increased demand for genetic services. The field of genetic counseling is expected to grow 29% between 2014 and 2026. To maximize their ability to deliver genetic services, many institutions are turning to a new role known as a Genetic Counseling Assistant to expand services and increase efficiency. These vital positions aid with clinical and research patient communication, data entry, genetic testing coordination, and administrative tasks. This program will provide knowledge and skills to learners considering a career as a Genetic Assistant1 or those recently hired into genetic assisting roles who need job training.
1We are using the term genetic assistant as the training will be valuable to those pursuing careers as genetic counselor assistants, as well as those who support medical geneticists, physicians, and laboratories, all of whom use genetic testing.
Students considering a career as a Genetic Assistant or other position assisting genetic services providers will find this program useful as they prepare for future employment. Students will learn the fundamentals of clinical genomics and contemporary practice as well as the unique responsibilities and skills required to perform as a Genetic Assistant.
Institutions who have recently hired new Genetic Assistants are encouraged to consider enrolling their new hires in this program to get them up to speed more quickly and reduce internal training burdens. For institutions sending 3 or more learners, a volume discount is provided.
The Genetic Assistant Online Training Program will provide knowledge and skills to learners considering a career as a Genetic Assistant or those recently hired into these roles who need job training. This program is comprised of two 10-week instructor-led courses designed with students’ goals in mind. The courses are delivered using a facilitated teaching approach to engage students and encourage interaction and participation. At the successful completion of the program, learners will receive a certificate of completion from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the McKusick-Nathans Institute for Genetic Medicine. This certificate will document the learner’s competency in the knowledge and skills delivered in the program.
Fundamentals of Clinical Genomics
This course provides the fundamental background and tools of genetics that are utilized by the Genetic Assistant when working in a laboratory or clinic. Topics include an overview of the genetic contribution to health and disease past and present, cell biology and genetics, genetic testing technology and application, and clinical genetic services. The course will conclude with a discussion of the ethical and cultural considerations inherent to genetic and genomics. The course intends to provide an overview of various concepts of biology, medicine, genetic testing, and genetic counseling, so that students have background knowledge to learn their job-specific responsibilities.
Working as a Genetic Assistant
This course coordinates with Fundamentals of Clinical Genomics to apply these concepts to the duties of the Genetic Assistant. The course materials walk the learner through a typical patient case, starting with the patient visit, then transitioning to pre-test coordination, sample submission, laboratory processes and regulations, and post-test follow-up. Practical exercises will expose learners to the world of genetic laboratories, test coordination, and patient interactions.
|Fall 2020||August 31, 2020 – November 8, 2020|
|Spring 2021||January 25, 2021 – April 4 2021|
|Summer 2021||June 7, 2021 – August 15, 2021|
|Fall 2021||August 30, 2021 – November 7, 2021|
REGISTRATION & TUITION
- $1,250 per course
For institutions enrolling three or more learners in a single semester:
- $1,000 per course
We encourage students to enroll in both courses simultaneously as some projects may span both courses. However, students may choose to take courses separately provided they finish both courses within a year from starting the program.
Tuition is due at time of registration and failure to pay may result in cancellation of registration.
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