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ACGC Announces Change in New Program Application Process
Effective January 2, 2018, ACGC will implement a new application process for programs seeking Accredited New Program status.  The process will begin with an Application for Candidacy, which will replace the current Letter of Intent. If a developing program receives Candidacy status, they will then be invited to submit an Accreditation Application for New Programs. There will be a $500 fee to submit an Application for Candidacy and a $4500 fee to submit an Accreditation Application for New Programs.
 
ACGC has instituted a moratorium on Letters of Intent from December 1, 2017 through January 2, 2018. Further information about this new application process, including the Application for Candidacy form and the Accreditation Application for New Programs form, will be available on the website in late December 2017.
Created: 12/1/2017 11:27 AM
2018 Accreditation Decision

The University of Toronto program was granted full accreditation through 2026.

Created: 11/30/2017 4:53 PM
New Program Application-University of Arizona

​The ACGC has received a new program application from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ on 10/25/2017.​​​

Created: 10/26/2017 11:04 AM
New Program Application-MGH Institute of Health Professions

​The ACGC has received a new program application from ​MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA on 10/16/2017.​​

Created: 10/26/2017 11:02 AM
Call for Board Nominations

ACGC is currently seeking nominations for the Board of Directors for two (2) positions. The open positions are for: 

Certified Genetic Counselor Member
A Certified Genetic Counselor member is someone who is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) and whose primary job focuses on the provision of genetic counseling services. Individuals who are also in leadership positions within a genetic counseling training program (i.e. Program Director/Co-Director, Associate or Assistant Program Director, Clinical/Fieldwork Coordinator) are not eligible under this position.

Educator Member
An Educator member is someone directly and significantly involved with an accredited graduate program in genetic counseling (e.g., professor, instructor, academic dean, clinical supervisor, program leader).

The term for these positions is 3 years and will begin on July 1, 2018. Nominations for these positions are being accepted through November 1, 2017 and can be submitted in two ways:

  • Self-Nomination: please submit a personal statement form, updated CV, and photo to the Executive Office at info@gceducation.org by November 1, 2017.
  • Nominate a Colleague: please contact the individual first to determine interest and then submit their name and email address to the Executive Office at info@gceducation.org by November 1, 2017. We will contact them to submit a personal statement form, updated CV and photo no later than November 15.

Contact Meredith Weaver, ACGC Past President, at mweaver@acmg.net with any questions about serving on the Board. If you are interested in learning about other volunteer opportunities with ACGC, please contact the Executive Office at info@gceducation.org

Thank you for your participation in this important process. 

2017 ACGC Nominating Committee
Quinn Stein, Chair
Meredith Weaver, BOD Liaison 
Heather Creswick ​, BOD Liaison​
Beth Conover
Anne Matthews
Laurie Nemzer

Created: 9/21/2017 10:47 AM
ACGC Annual Accreditation Report

​Click here to read the ACGC's Annual Accreditation Report. 

Created: 9/12/2017 5:08 PM
ACGC Clinical Training Bulletin

​Click here to read the ACGC Clinical Training Bulletin. ACGC recognizes that the genetic counseling profession is in an era of unprecedented growth. As existing genetic counseling training programs increase the number of students that they are training, and as new programs are developed, the need for clinical training opportunities is growing. All genetic counseling organizations play a role in supporting the growth in our field, and the Clinical Training Bulletin addresses ACGC's role.​

Created: 9/12/2017 2:55 PM
New Letter of Intent 9/8/17

​The ACGC h​as accepted a letter of intent from Boise State University on 9/8/2017.​​​​

Created: 9/8/2017 4:58 PM
New Program Application-Keck Graduate Institute School of Pharmacy

​ACGC h​as accepted a new program application from the Keck Graduate Institute​ School of Pharmacy in Claremont, CA, on 7/13/2017.​​​

Created: 7/26/2017 12:49 PM
New Program Application-Baylor College of Medicine

​ACGC has received a new program application from ​Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas on 7/24/2017.

Created: 7/26/2017 12:47 PM
New Letter of Intent 6/14/2017

​ACGC has accepted a letter of intent from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas on 6/14/2017.

Created: 6/14/2017 3:05 PM
New Letter of Intent 4/20/17

ACGC h​as accepted a letter of intent from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions​ in Boston, MA on 4/20/2017.

Created: 4/21/2017 1:57 PM
New Letter of Intent 4/12/17

ACGC h​as accepted a letter of intent from the Keck Graduate Institute School of Pharmacy in Claremont, CA, on 4/12/2017.

Created: 4/12/2017 9:24 AM
Welcome New Board Member!

The Accreditation Council of Genetic Counseling (ACGC) is pleased to announce the election of Lori Williamson Dean as our new board member. She will begin her term on July 1, 2017. Her term will be for three years.

Ms. Dean is the director of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Genetic Counseling Graduate Program. She received her MS in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from the University of Michigan. 

Please join us as we welcome Lori to the Board of Directors! 
Created: 3/30/2017 8:29 AM
2017 Accreditation Decisions

The following programs were granted full accreditation through 2025:  California State University-Stanislaus, Sarah Lawrence College, Stanford University and University of British Columbia.

Created: 3/29/2017 11:34 AM
2017 Letters of Intent

​ACGC h​as accepted a letter of intent from Columbia University on 1/30/2017 and from University of Arizona on 2/2/2017.

Created: 2/9/2017 2:24 PM
Accredited New Programs January 2017

​The following programs have been granted Accredited, New Program status by ACGC:​ Thomas Jefferson University and University of Manitoba. Click here for a full listing of ACGC-accredited programs.​

Created: 1/27/2017 10:39 AM
Accredited New Programs

The following programs have been granted Accredited, New Program status by ACGC:  Rutgers University, University of South Florida and Bay Path University.​​

Created: 11/15/2016 4:21 PM
ACGC 2016 Annual Business Meeting Slides

​Attached are the Annual Business Meeting Slides from the NSGC AEC 2016.

Created: 11/7/2016 3:50 PM
Accreditation Manual Now Available

​The ACGC Accreditation Manual​ includes the rules of procedure by which ACGC operates. The publication was last updated September 1, 2016.  Policies related to the accreditation and application process are included in this manual.  ​To review the Manual, click here​.

Created: 10/11/2016 10:52 AM
Letter of Intent from Univ. of Manitoba

​The University of Manitoba submitted a Letter of Intent to ACGC on June 23, 2016, ​which was approved by the Board of Directors.

Created: 10/11/2016 10:47 AM
ACGC Announces 2017 New Board Members

The Accreditation Council of Genetic Counseling (ACGC) is pleased to announce the election of three new board members:  Dawn Allain, Heather Creswick and Ian MacFarlane.  
 
The new board members will begin their term on January 1, 2017.  Their term will be for three years and six months, as we work to transition the board terms to align more with an academic year (i.e., July 1st - June 30th).
 
Ms. Allain has been a genetic counselor for 23 years and is the director of the Ohio State University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program. She received her MS in Genetic Counseling from Northwestern University. Ms. Creswick is a genetic counselor and has been on the clinical faculty at the Virginia Commonwealth University Genetic Counseling Training Program for 11 years. She earned her MS in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College. Dr. MacFarlane is an assistant professor of psychology at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Minnesota. 
 
Please join us as we welcome Dawn, Heather and Ian to the Board of Directors! 
 
2016 ACGC Nominating Committee
Sarah Noblin, Chair
Janet Williams, Board Liaison
Bonnie Baty
Nevena Krstic 
Emily Lisi
John Quillin​
Created: 9/22/2016 2:59 PM
Thank you ACGC Board members!

​ACGC would like to publicly recognize and thank three board members whose terms will be ending on 12/31/2016.  Thank you to Nancy Callanan, Patricia McCarthy Veach and Sarah Noblin for their enthusiasm, leadership, and commitment to the advancement of the mission of ACGC.  Nancy Callanan served on the board from 2014-2016 and was Treasurer in 2016.  Pat McCarthy Veach served as a director from 2014-2016.  Sarah Noblin was on the board from 2012-2016 and served as Review Committee Chair in 2013, President in 2015, and Immediate Past President in 2016. 

In addition, we would like to acknowledge current board member, Amanda Bergner, who has agreed to serve a second term, beginning January 1, 2017.​​

Created: 9/22/2016 2:31 PM
2016 Accreditation Decisions
The following programs were granted full accreditation through 2024:  Arcadia University, Brandeis University, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Indiana University, Johns Hopkins University/National Human Genome Research Institute and University of Maryland.​​
Created: 5/16/2016 1:45 PM
ACGC Announces New Board Members

ACGC is pleased to announce the election of two new board members:  Heather Stalker, MSc, CGC and Janet Williams, MS, CGC.

Heather is an Assistant in Pediatrics/Senior Genetic Counselor in the Department of Pediatric Genetics at the University of Florida. She received her MSc in Genetic Counselling from McGill University. Janet is the Director of Research Genetic Counselors at the Geisinger Genomic Medicine Institute. She earned her MS in Medical Genetics at the University of Wisconsin.
  
Their three-year terms will begin January 1, 2016. 
Created: 8/28/2015 10:53 AM
2015 Accreditation Decisions

​The following programs were granted full accreditation in March 2015: University of Arkansas, Emory University, Northwestern University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Created: 4/20/2015 9:51 AM
ACGC 2014 Annual Business Meeting Slides

​Click on the attachment below for the ACGC 2014 Annual Business Meeting Slides from the NSCG Annual Education Conference.

Created: 10/1/2014 8:41 AM
ACGC is now a proud member of ASPA

The Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) is now a proud member of ASPA – the Association for Specialized and Professional Accreditors. 

ASPA provides a collaborative forum and a collective voice for the community of organizations in the United States that assess the quality of specialized and professional higher education programs and schools. ASPA represents its members on issues of educational quality facing institutions of higher education, governments, students, and the public. ASPA advances the knowledge, skills, good practices, and ethical commitments of accreditors, and communicates the value of accreditation as a means of enhancing educational quality.
 
Specialized and Professional Accrediting organizations in the United States operate to ensure that students in educational programs receive an education consistent with standards for entry to practice or advanced practice in each of their respective fields or disciplines. With approximately 60 member agencies, ASPA is the only unified, national voice that supports the importance of specialized and professional accreditation.
 
Created: 6/24/2013 9:22 AM
ACGC established as the accreditation body separate from ABGC

ACGC is a successor organization to the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC).  As genetic counseling continues to grow as a profession, its accrediting and credentialing bodies need to evolve.  In the fall of 2011, ABGC announced the spinoff of its accreditation activities and formation of a separate accrediting body.  As of January 1, 2013 ACGC will officially be a separate organization from ABGC.  ABGC will continue to certify individuals who meet qualifications and successfully pass the examination.  ACGC will accredit training programs. 

Created: 12/12/2012 9:09 AM
Congratulations to our New Board Members

ACGC is proud to announce two new board members:  Jenna Scott and Ann Walker.  Jenna is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia and is also Co-Director of the UBC Masters Program in Genetic Counselling.  Ann is Adjunct Professor Emerita in the Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of California, Irvine, and was a past Director of the Master's of Science in Genetic Counseling Program at the UC Irvine School of Medicine.  The board term is three years, beginning January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2017.

Created: 12/11/2012 3:56 PM
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