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WHAT WE DO
Accreditation is a process of external peer review in which a private, nongovernmental agency or association grants public recognition to an institution or specialized program of study that meets certain established qualifications and educational standards, as determined through initial and subsequent periodic evaluations. 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.
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Accreditation of Educational Programs

The Board of Directors establishes the Standards of Accreditation and evaluates ACGC relies on its volunteers to complete a number of organizational activities critical to its mission. There are a number of ways in which you can become involved if interested in volunteering. programs against those standards to determine accreditation status. Interested in establishing a new program?
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Volunteer Opportunities

ACGC relies on its volunteers to complete a number of organizational activities critical to its mission. There are a number of ways in which you can become involved if interested in volunteering.
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NEWS & EVENTS

 

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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.

  

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. 

  

The Board of Directors met from June 20-21, 2014, at the Executive Office in Olathe, Kansas.  ​

  

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.