Genetic Counseling Program

Capstone Project

The culminating experience for students in the UNCG MS Genetic Counseling Program is a formal Capstone Project. The purpose of the Capstone Project requirement is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills required to contribute
to the field of genetic counseling by:

  • performing research or
  • developing community or professional educational programs or
  • developing clinical practice tools or educational or service programs that benefit individuals and families with genetic disorders.

The Capstone Project may consist of a detailed case study and library synthesis, a clinical application, or an original clinical or laboratory research project. Students strive to develop a research proposal or project that will contribute to the knowledge about and/or practice of clinical genetics and/or genetic counseling.

Students complete a course in Research Methods during the second semester of the program and are encouraged to identify a Capstone Project topic and develop a preliminary project plan as part of this course.

Projects will be completed under the guidance of a research project committee, which consist of a chair and two other members of the faculty. Adjunct clinical faculty and/or clinical supervisors may serve on research project committees. Individuals who are not members of the faculty may also serve on committees with the approval of the program Director.

Students are required to submit a detailed written report of their Capstone Project, including an abstract suitable for submission to the National Society of Genetic Counselors or other professional organization's annual education conference, and to make an oral or poster presentation about their project to their classmates and the faculty. Click here for examples of recent Capstone Projects.
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  • "I chose to attend UNCG because of its shared learning environment and the access to some of the leading institutions in the country. "

  • "UNCG is a great fit for me. The program directors have extensive experience in the world of genetic counseling and provide you with opportunities to work with some of the best medical centers in the country.¬†Our location allows us to have expert guest lecturers, many of whom you also get to work alongside or observe in your clinical rotations in your second year. We also have some really wonderful and unique opportunities as a part of this program: we observe in syndrome specific support groups and clinics, tour genetic laboratories, and are matched with a family with a genetic disease to learn what it is like to live with a genetic condition. Finally, our directors are genuinely invested in each of us, and care about our success and getting to know each of us personally."

  • "The director and assistant director do their best to ensure that our program provides a collaborative learning experience.  Both are active members of the Genetic Counseling community and strive to introduce you to all aspects of this field.  We also have renowned clinical sites and the beautiful state of North Carolina at our disposal.”