Nurses in Australia and New

Genetics Masters Australia

The Master of Genetic Counselling consists of 96 credit points (cp) including Stage 1 units and Stage 2 units of study. It comprises coursework clinical (30cp), clinical practice (33cp) including a minimum of 14 weeks under supervision in a variety of genetics services, and training for a supervised research project (33cp). Normally you will complete the course full-time over two years, however part-time study may be negotiated under special circumstances. In order to fulfil the Human Genetics Society of Australasia requirements for Genetic Counselling Part I certification and entry into Part 2 of the professional certification for genetic counselling, all students will undertake units of study in the order specified by the school. Assessment is by written examination, oral presentations, written assignments, supervisor reports, log books, case studies, video assessment, development of education materials, and research project dissertation.

Teaching will take place at the University of Sydney Camperdown Campus and in the Kolling Building, Northern Clinical School, Royal North Shore Hospital, with clinical placement occurring at a variety of locations. You will undertake two separate week full- time community/clinic placements in the first semester of your candidature.

Progression rules

(1) Students will only be permitted to progress into Stage 2 of the master's degree after successfully completing Stage 1. In addition a candidate must receive a Clinical Supervisor’s Report indicating that the student has the necessary skills to proceed to advanced genetic counselling and further studies.

(2) A candidate who has successfully completed Stage 1, but is not permitted to proceed, is eligible to graduate with a Graduate Diploma in Genetic Counselling.

(3) A candidate who fails a clinical placement unit of study will be identified as not meeting academic progression requirements and procedures of the Student Academic Progression Policy will be applied

Capstone experience

A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed by the school to provide students with an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the award, synthesise this with their prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth.

For the Master of Genetic Counselling, all students complete a supervised research project involving a submission of a 15, 000 word dissertation as the capstone experience. Successful completion of the project may also provide students with the research experience required for the pursuit of a higher degree.

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