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Standards The Required Criteria encompass the minimum program requirements put in place by ABGC, the predecessor organization to ACGC. The ACGC Standards for Accreditation are based on the Required Criteria. All of the accredited programs were originally accredited under these requirements.

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Standards for Program Accreditation

The Standards for Accreditation as established and adopted by ACGC are used by the board in accrediting master’s degree-granting programs that prepare individuals to enter the genetic counseling profession. The extent to which a program complies with these standards determines its accreditation status. The Standards therefore constitute the minimum requirements to which an accredited program is held accountable. The Standards are to be used for external and internal evaluation of existing graduate programs in genetic counseling and should provide guidance for the development of new graduate programs.

Download the Standards for Program Accreditation


Required Criteria for Accreditation of Training Programs by ABGC

Required Criteria (as approved by ABGC, the predecessor organization to ACGC) (Adopted January 25, 1996 and revised periodically)

Download the Required Criteria for Programs


Practice Based Competencies

The Practice Based Competencies are a foundation for the curriculum included in the Standards for Accreditation and the Required Criteria. The Practice Based Competencies were originally developed by a selected and varied group of experts from key stakeholders and are periodically reviewed.

Download the most current version of the Practice Based Competencies (PDF)


Application for Graduate Programs in Genetic Counseling Seeking Accreditation

Graduate Programs in Genetic Counseling must complete and submit an Accreditation Application along with the appropriate fee to the ACGC Executive Office to be considered for Accredited, New Program; Full Accreditation or Reaccreditation by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling.  The Application includes the Guidelines for Conducting Internal Program Review and Instructions for Preparing the Self Study Report.  Include both the Application and Tables for Appendices with submission.

Download the Accreditation Application for Reaccreditation (Self-Study)

Download the Accreditation Application for New Programs

Download the Tables for Appendices