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 genetic counseling.
ACGC supports the development of quality educational programs in genetic counseling by:
providing visionary leadership and excellent communication;
engaging stakeholders in a standard-setting process that proactively considers the impact of new standards and policies;
applying the Standards fairly and consistently;
collecting and disseminating data that support best practices and quality assessment;
permitting flexibility and innovation in programs and curricula; and
assessing 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 environment.
We are committed to consistent, equitable, and objective accreditation decision making.
We take responsibility for our actions and the impact of our decisions.
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 programs.
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.