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.
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.
|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.|
|August 1, 2021||Accredited programs due for reaccreditation must demonstrate compliance with the revised Standards in their self-study of August 1, 2021.|
|October 1, 2019||All proposed programs are required to comply with Section D: Accreditation Status and Decisions.|
|May 15, 2020||Programs applying for Candidacy or New Program Accreditation on May 15, 2020 must submit using the revised Standards and be in compliance at the time of the application submission.|
|May 1, 2021||Programs applying for Candidacy or New Program Accreditation on January 15, 2020 must show compliance with the revised Standards by May 1, 2021.|
Revised Standards FAQs
ACGC developed this resource to help provide answers about key areas of the Standards changes to note. Click the plus sign next to the appropriate section below to view the answer. You can also download the Revised Standards FAQs in PDF format.
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.