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Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) is the leading accreditation board for graduate programs in genetic counseling. 


The Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) advances quality in genetic counseling education by developing Standards, and by evaluating and accrediting graduate-level programs.


Sylvia Mann, MS, CGC


Supervisor, Genomics Section
Hawaii Department of Health
Director, Western States Regional Genetics Network


ACGC supports the development of quality educational programs in genetic counseling by:

  • Providing visionary leadership and excellent communication
  • Working collaboratively
  • 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 supports best practices and quality assessment
  • Permitting flexibility and innovation in programs and curricula
  • Assessing quality based on educational outcomes


ACGC encourages programs, students, and other interested parties with questions, about corporate structure to view the organizational bylaws here. For any further questions please contact the Executive Office.


It is ACGC’s utmost concern to constantly improve its services in order to best meet the needs of its audience and customers. To this end, ACGC may collect and store certain information, including personal data of people like you. ACGC takes the protection of your personal data very seriously in all of its business processes. This Data Protection Statement is meant to help you understand how data is collected, processed and stored to meet legal requirements and ACGC’s data protection standards.

partner organizations

National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)
NSGC provides education, resources and a voice for the genetic counseling profession in the United States.
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Genetic Counseling Admissions Match
North American matching system that places applicants into positions in master’s-level genetic counseling programs that are accredited by ACGC.
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Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CACG)
CAGC is the professional organization for genetic counselors in Canada and provides certification of Canadian genetic counselors through examination.
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Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors (AGCPD)
AGCPD promotes collaborative interactions between genetic counseling graduate programs and supports high standards of practice. The AGCPD administers the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match.
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American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC)
The credentialing body for genetic counselors, the ABGC certifies and re-certifies genetic counselors.
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American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)
The professional organization for geneticists includes researchers, academicians, clinicians, laboratory practice professionals, genetic counselors, nurses and others involved in or with special interest in human genetics.
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American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG)
Provides education, resources and a voice for the medical genetics profession.
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American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMG)
The credentialing body for clinical geneticists, laboratory geneticists and medical geneticists. ABMG certified genetic counselors before the formation of ABGC.
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Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA)
ASPA is dedicated to enhancing quality in higher education through specialized and professional accreditation. ACGC is a member of ASPA.
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Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions
The Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions (ASAHP) was chartered in Washington, D.C. in September 1967 as a not-for-profit national professional association for administrators, educators, and others who were concerned with critical issues affecting allied health education.
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Strategic Goals 2021-2024

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 procedures.

GOAL 3: Ensure the long-term stability of ACGC.

GOAL 4: Establish a diverse, equitable, inclusive and just organizational culture.


Read the latest announcements, press releases, events, and other updates about our work in the ACGC News and Reports.