On 6/22/2012, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved the establishment of the MS, Doctor and Transitional Doctor of Genetic Counseling in the Department of Internal Medicine. According to the meeting summary, "The new degrees anticipate the need for properly trained genetic counselors as individuals struggle to understand how knowledge of genetic information might have an impact on them." The new program will need final approval from the Ohio Board of Regents and the American Board of Genetic Counseling. If approved, Ohio State will be the first in the world to offer a clinical doctoral degree in genetic counseling, positioning Ohio to be a leader in genetic counseling education.
Members of the OSU Division of Human Genetics have been working on developing a genetic counseling training program at OSU for the past 3 years. Dawn Allain, MS, CGC and Heather Hampel, MS, CGC will be Co-Directors of the training program which will begin admitting students in either the fall of 2013 or 2014.