The Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) is the specialized program accreditation board for educational training programs granting master’s degrees or higher in genetic counseling.
ACGC Mission Statement
The Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) advances quality in genetic counseling education by developing standards, and by evaluating and accrediting programs.
ACGC Vision Statement
ACGC is the leading accrediting body for educational programs in
ACGC supports the development of quality educational programs in
genetic counseling by:
visionary leadership and excellent communication;
stakeholders in a standard-setting process that proactively considers the
impact of new standards and policies;
the Standards fairly and consistently;
and disseminating data that support best practices and quality assessment;
flexibility and innovation in programs and curricula; and
quality based on educational outcomes.
Organizational Core Values
We value honesty and good character in all aspects of our work.
We incorporate accreditation best practices within a dynamic
We are committed to consistent, equitable, and objective
accreditation decision making.
We take responsibility for our actions and the impact of our
We value interacting with others committed to quality in genetic
counseling, education, and accreditation.
We provide clear, direct, accessible information about our
mission, scope, standards, and policies.
We are strategic in using our staff, volunteer, and financial
resources to assure sustainability and to maximize value to accredited
GOAL 1: Communicate the value and role
of accreditation in ensuring quality in genetic counselor graduate education.
GOAL 2: Explore areas of challenge and
opportunity for genetic counselor graduate education, as identified by training
programs and other key stakeholders, to inform standards, policies, and
GOAL 3: Explore the role of North
American accreditation standards, policies, and procedures within the
international landscape of genetic counselor graduate education,
certification/registration, and practice.
Goal 4: Continue to develop operational
policies and procedures that ensure long-term stability of the
Why is it important to have a certifying and accrediting body?
As a healthcare profession evolves, recognition of a standard of practice also evolves. In order to legally assure that the genetic counseling profession was a recognized profession within the healthcare field, there had to be a measure of competence that defined a competent professional. In defining a competent genetic counselor, the profession had to have an objective measure of practitioners (i.e., the certifying examination) and minimum training standards (i.e., accreditation of programs). Establishing these components allowed (and continues to allow) us to define and protect our scope of practice through state licensure, federal and payer recognition. Establishing all of these components also protects the public, consumers, patients and healthcare facilities from unscrupulous practitioners.
ACGC Organizational Chart