Standards of Accreditation

On October 1, 2019, ACGC released the revised Standards of Accreditation for Graduate Programs in Genetic Counseling. Please see the table below for details about the compliance timeframe. Programs must comply with Section D of the new Standards: Accreditation Status and Decisions effective October 1, 2019.

Please see the FAQs for additional information on the new Standards

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.

Compliance Dates for Revised Standards

The table below outlines the dates by which programs that are currently accredited by ACGC or proposed programs seeking Candidacy are required to come into compliance with the revised Standards.

Accredited Programs
Compliance Date Requirements
October 1, 2019 All accredited programs must comply with Section D: Accreditation Status and Decisions.
June 15, 2021 All accredited programs are required to be in full compliance with the revised Standards by the RCS submission.
Developing Programs
Compliance Date Requirements
October 1, 2019 All proposed programs are required to comply with Section D: Accreditation Status and Decisions.
October 1, 2019 All developing programs applying for Candidacy must submit application materials that demonstrate compliance with the revised Standards.
May 15, 2020 For this program review slot, programs seeking Accredited, New Program Status must submit self-study documents that demonstrate compliance with the revised Standards.

 

Interpretative Guidance Form

Programs may submit this form to request guidance regarding the previous or revised Standards. You must complete and submit this form online in the accreditation management system for ACGC. Please contact Olesya Lamb at Olesya.Lamb@gceducation.org for instructions. You can download the Interpretive Guidance Form in PDF format for your reference. Programs may submit this form to request guidance regarding the previous or revised Standards. Payment of the Interpretative Guidance Form fee (effective January 1, 2019) must accompany the submission.