FAQ

1. Who are genetic counselors?

Genetic counselors are not doctors, but they are an important part of your healthcare team. Genetic counselors can meet with individuals or families before or after genetic testing and are specialized in prenatal, pediatric, oncology, neurology, ophthalmology, psychiatry, and many other areas. In addition to different specialty areas, genetic counselors can have roles outside of seeing patients. Genetic counselors can work in research, education, industry, marketing, and many other roles across the healthcare and genetics fields.​​                                                         National Society of Genetic Counselors 

2. How do I become a genetic counselor?

Becoming a genetic counselor requires an undergraduate degree with course work related to genetics and sciences. Genetic counselors also need to earn a master’s degree from an Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling accredited programs.

3. How do I find a genetic counselor? 

To find a genetic counselor, use the National Society of Genetic Counselors 'Find a Genetic Counselor' site.

4. What is the AGA? 

AGA stands for Arizona Genetics Alliance. The mission of the AGA is to promote the professional development of genetic counselors who work in the state of Arizona through collaborations and activities within our own community, with other genetics and health care professionals and members of the broader community.

5. How do I join the AGA? 

To join the AGA, please contact the board secretary, Jennifer Siettmann and she will add you to the membership list. 

6. How do I join a committee on the AGA? 

 

To join a committee, please reach out to the respective committee chair or sign up during the annual call for committee members.