Master of Science in Genetic Counseling
About the Augustana-Sanford Genetic Counseling Graduate Program
The Augustana-Sanford Genetic Counseling Program (ASGCGP) is a collaborative program among Augustana University, Sanford Health, and numerous other partners. It is the only ACGC-accredited program in South Dakota. The ASGCGP admits 10 students per year.
The ASGCGP is a 21-month, full-time program, in which the student learning experience equally involves classroom learning, hands-on participation, and clinical rotations. While the first year is more heavily weighted toward classroom learning, students begin to have clinical patient interactions in their first semester. During the second year, the balance shifts away from classroom learning toward a richer clinical experience. Classes and rotations take place face-to-face Monday-Friday during typical business hours, with a few additional evening and weekend activities.
All students enrolled in the program spend their first academic year in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota area, whereas half of second-year students train in the Sioux Falls area and half train in San Diego, California. Students in both locations are connected with each other through technology and frequent communication. Each location has unique opportunities, and both have been ranked among the “Happiest Places to Live”. Students may indicate a second-year location preference through the national Genetic Counseling Admissions Match process. Both locations have a limited number of spots.
The mission of the Augustana-Sanford Genetic Counseling Graduate Program (ASGCGP) is to provide an education of enduring worth that cultivates wisdom and advances patient care by developing genetic counselors into astute communicators, scholarly professionals, and engaged members of their communities.
The ASGCGP seeks to train well-rounded genetic counselors and give them a strong foundation in both genetic science and interpersonal communication skills.
Our graduates will:
• Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Display strong scientific and empathetic foundations.
• Demonstrate the capacity to function as genetic counselors in fast-paced, real-world settings.
• Exhibit collaboration and relationship-building skills.
• Produce meaningful graduate research projects.
• Understand and appreciate the far reach of genomics (e.g. personalized medicine, business, diversity, media).
Our Core Values
ASGCGP students have identified six core values central to the student experience in the program.
A - Adaptability
S - Service
G - Growth
C - Camaraderie
G - Genuineness
P - Professionalism
Our Commitment to Social Justice
We, ASGCGP leaders, acknowledge the presence of systemic racism and commit to educating ourselves and our stakeholders regarding the inequities present in today's society. We also commit to working toward change and building an anti-racist culture within our program, with the intent that these efforts help remove barriers for prospective students, students, colleagues, and patients. This is an ongoing effort that will continue to evolve and strengthen as we work to better understand the gaps and barriers that we have helped perpetuate.
About Genetic Counseling
Genetic Counseling is not only an enjoyable and fascinating career, but also one with national job growth potential. The master’s degree in genetic counseling is a terminal degree, and prospective students will aspire to become practicing genetic counselors. Most genetic counselors work in clinic or hospital settings directly with patients, but other settings also exist. For more information on the genetic counseling profession, please visit NSGC’s About Genetic Counselors webpage.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
Augustana's educational programs (including its admission practices) are non-discriminatory with respect to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, or disability. Augustana strives to assure its academic programs and services are accessible to students with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations for known disabilities to the extent required by law.
Augustana University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the bachelor's and master's levels.
The Augustana-Sanford Genetic Counseling Graduate Program at Augustana University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, Inc., 7918 Jones Branch Drive, Ste. 300, McLean, VA 22102. Telephone: (703) 506-7667