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Shadowing Opportunities for Students


Connecting with a Counselor: Journey into the Field of Genetic Counseling 

Connecting with a Counselor is a great way to obtain hands-on learning regarding a career in genetic counseling, and is targeted towards undergraduate students or graduates interested in entering the field. Through this program, one can select to participate in an online group informational interview (held every other month with two different genetic counselors) and/or one-day shadow with a practicing genetic counselor in the Twin Cities, Rochester, Duluth, Bemidji, St. Cloud or Eau Claire, WI.

To enroll, please review and fully complete the application below to the best of your ability. Your answers will be used to match you appropriately, along with availability of genetic counselors, location, etc.  We will do our best to accommodate you in a timely fashion, but please be aware that waiting lists are often necessary as interest has grown so that applicants frequently outnumber available genetic counselors, especially for certain sites.

This program is coordinated and carried out on a voluntary basis, so while we are excited to work with you in providing this valuable learning tool, please be understanding of additional professional obligations of the participating genetic counselors. Should you have any questions, please contact Gina Goettl at 612-626-3267 or by emailing

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Connecting with a Counselor Application


Applying for a MN Genetic Counselor License

We are very pleased to announce that the MN Board of Medical Practice is accepting applications for genetic counselor licensure

The MN Board of Medical Practice issues and renews licenses for genetic counselors.  For convenience, we have links below to the initial application and required forms.  Please contact the MN Board of Medical Practice directly with any questions, concerns or needs.

  • The license renewal cycle for licensees is on an annual cycle where renewal with the MN Board of Medical Practice is due on the last day of the licensee's month of birth.

  • Your online renewal is available through the MN Board of Medical Practice 2 months before your current license expiration date.

  • If you have not previously registered with the MN Board of Medical Practice, you will receive a renewal notice letter from the MN Board of Medical Practice with a security code.