Clinical Rotations

As a genetic counseling student, you will get immediate hands-on experience in clinical rotations. From the first semester to the last, students work with clients, first as observers, and quickly as the primary counselors. You will interact with patients in a wide variety of settings, including prenatal, pediatric and adult genetics.

As a genetic counseling student, you will learn about the characteristics and treatment of individuals and families with genetic disorders, such as spina bifida, Down syndrome, sickle cell anemia, hereditary cancers, Huntington Disease and many others.

You will experience 12 clinical rotations chosen from numerous options available at Cincinnati Children's and hospitals in Greater Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Lexington and Louisville. Each rotation will expose you to different patients, counselors and work settings. This exposure will help you develop your own counseling style, prepare you to adapt quickly to the job you choose, and allow you to explore the areas of genetic counseling that you are most interested in. By the time you graduate, you will have been the primary genetic counselor for at least 50 but often for 100 or more cases.

At the University of Cincinnati, you will begin clinical rotations at the start of the program. This early clinical exposure allows you to begin your summer internship with extensive real-world experience.


Clinical Opportunities at the UC Genetic Counseling Program

Clinical Rotations

Typically 5 weeks in length throughout the school year starting in the 1st semester of the 1st year. Students are generally supervised by one counselor, but may work with a team of other genetics professionals in each rotation. These rotations are on-site (at CCHMC) or off-site (at local affiliate hospitals).


Summer Internship

Students are placed with an off-site counselor for approximately 7 weeks in the summer semester between 1st and 2nd year. This rotation can be anywhere that supervision can be arranged with a certified genetic counselor. The internship helps the student appreciate differences in style, organization, and responsibilities of genetic counselors.

Clinics at CCHMC

Pediatric Genetics
Adult Genetics
Cardiomyopathy/Heart Failure Clinic

Cardiovascular Genetics

Heart Institute Genetic Counseling Clinic
Connective Tissue
Skeletal Dysplasia
Craniofacial Anomaly

Velocardiofacial syndrome
Velopharyngeal Insufficiency
Hereditary Cancer Program
Huntington Disease Center
Prenatal Diagnosis
Tuberous Sclerosis
Biochemical Genetics
Lysosomal Disease
Fanconi Anemia Comprehensive Center
Eye Genetics
Genomic Medicine
Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations
Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia
Cystic Fibrosis

Specialty/Alternative Clinics at CCHMC

Fetal Care Center

Trainee Clinic
Clinical Genetics Laboratory
Genetic Counseling Consultations
AssureRx (Pharmacogenetics)
Elective Rotations

Clinics Available at Off-Site Affiliates

Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, OH: Cancer Center, Prenatal Diagnosis

Riley Hospital, Indianapolis, IN: Medical Genetics Bone Dysplasia, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, OH: Perinatal Center

St. Elizabeth Medical Center, South Unit, KY: Women's Outpatient Service, Cancer Risk Assessment

Dayton Children's Medical Center, Dayton, OH: General Genetics, Craniofacial, Hematology, Myelomeningocele, Hereditary Cancer

Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, KY: Cancer, Prenatal Diagnosis, Cardiovascular Genetics

University of Louisville Weisskopf Center, Louisville, KY: General Genetics, Cancer, Craniofacial, Prenatal Diagnosis

Norton Cancer Institute, Louisville, KY: Cancer
Riverside Hospital, Columbus, OH: Prenatal Diagnosis, Cancer
OSU Maternal Fetal Medicine, Columbus, OH: Prenatal Diagnosis