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    Arizona
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    2018 Fall
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    Genetic Counseling

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  1. AspiringGC

    Genetic Counseling Fall 2019 Applicants

    I was in the same situation last cycle, I included it in my personal statement for every school. I tied it in to a prompt for most schools so it felt natural. It's obviously not favorable. With how competitive applications are getting, schools have the chance to be picky. Yes, they will look holistically and may look past some lower grades if the rest of the application is great. However, I highly doubt programs would count D/Fs as acceptable/passing credit for prereqs. D/Fs in foundational courses will be huge red flags that will make the program wonder if they can handle the graduate course work Personal storytime: I had two to three C's in prereqs depending on the school when I applied (and a D in ochem 2 which wasn't a prereq at any school I applied). I ended up retaking one of the courses I had a C in and received an A. Of the four schools I interviewed at, only one brought up grades and they brought up the D, which as I said wasn't a prereq for them. So, a majority of the programs were happy and not concerned with my coursework (one even said "if that were a concern, you wouldn't be sitting here right now"), but some were still concerned, even at interviews, when it wasn't a required course for them. After retaking that course, I only had one C in a prereq at the school I matched with. So it is possible to match with not all A/Bs in prereqs. If a majority of the prereqs are C's, it'd be best to retake them (or some of them) and I highly suggest retaking any prereqs with D/F grades. Schools seem to look favorable on retaken courses, it shows dedication and that you can actually learn/handle the material. If there's extenuating circumstances that resulted in the lower grades, that should be mentioned somewhere in their app as well.
  2. AspiringGC

    Genetic Counseling Fall 2019 Applicants

    Lots of the border states accept a good amount of Canadian students. But also, go through current students or past classes on program pages. Most students will have where they're from. My school has accepted Canadian students in the past, though no current students are Canadian. I would apply if you like the program. New unaccredited school typically get fewer applicants because of this fear, but I still think it's worth the "risk" if you could see yourself being happy there.
  3. AspiringGC

    Genetic Counseling Fall 2019 Applicants

    https://www.abgc.net/becoming-certified/recognized-accrediting-bodies/ This page discusses internationally trained genetic counselors. Looks like you'd just need to double check that any international program you apply to are recognized as an Accrediting Body through ABGC if you want to practice in the US.
  4. AspiringGC

    Genetic Counseling Fall 2019 Applicants

    University of Phoenix offers one that I believe someone on gradcafe took: https://www.phoenix.edu/courses/bio410.html It is an undergraduate course however. If you are looking for a different biochem class, myself and a few others on here as well took Biochem through UCSD Extension that we enjoyed! It was cheap compared to other courses I found, engaging, and I actually enjoyed it. https://extension.ucsd.edu/courses-and-programs/introduction-to-biochemistry
  5. AspiringGC

    Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    I think they play a big role. I had a major GPA of 2.68 when I applied last cycle (and didn’t get in). I did poorly in ochem and Biochem as well. To offset that, I took a neurogenetics class through cincinnati and I retook Biochem this cycle (got an A, better than my previous C). Factoring just Biochem in, it raises my gpa to a 2.77 I believe. My overall GPA is only decent at 3.36 (last 60 units around a 3.8 though). But I do believe retaking the course showed initiative and that I still have that upward momentum I ended college with. But prerequisite grades can be offsetted with many things as long as you have at least a C in them. I think my experience helped do that more so than retaking Biochem did. So you can get accepted with around what you posted, just make sure you have something that makes you stand out or shows that you can do upper level science classes. Feel free to PM me if you have more specific questions!
  6. AspiringGC

    Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    Any other new UAMS students?
  7. AspiringGC

    Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    https://m.facebook.com/groups/144346269745352 Join the facebook group if you Matched
  8. AspiringGC

    Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    @MaybeGradschool? I'm a "not right out of undergraduate applicant," (but only by a year). I remember when requesting feedback last year, CSUStan did say that me not being right out of undergrad is a positive for my application. I believe UCI and Augustana stated similar things as well.
  9. AspiringGC

    Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    Tomorrow! This time tomorrow we'll know our results Good luck to everyone
  10. AspiringGC

    Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    Exactly. When I was told I'd be ranked by a program, I took it as an automatic waitlist position at a minimum.
  11. AspiringGC

    Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    Whoops read this wrong originally. I hadn't thought about that. I definitely could share the link with all the program directors though. Do you think it'd be useful to them?
  12. AspiringGC

    Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    I just stated what I heard another candidate say. It doesn't make sense to me that they'd change that aspect. I agree with sunT's post below for someone to reach out to clarify.
  13. AspiringGC

    Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    YES! If you withdraw you are still able to participate in the post match process. There has been some debate on whether those who didn’t get interviews (and thus have to withdraw from the match because of it) are able to participate. One program director said that it is true... which would be a change from the previous post match process where you had to have at least one interview to participate. Passed that, everything else I know about the process is from the match site.
  14. AspiringGC

    Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    Final reminder: If you'd like to fill out the following survey, please do so by tomorrow night! After which, I will not be accepting submissions. If you are interested in seeing the current results, submit a BLANK form. It will give you the option to see the results at the end. I've received about 80 responses so far, so there is a good amount of data to look at. https://goo.gl/forms/EqvqlklbLzEDKswx1
  15. AspiringGC

    Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    That is correct. If one of the programs you interviewed at had open spots, it would indicate that you were not on their match ranking list. This means they flat out rejected you unfortunately :/
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