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Job Description

Job Title: Genetic Counselor
Job ID: 714819711
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Pinnacle Hospitals
Department: Oncology Program
Location: Technology Parkway, Mechanicsburg PA 17050


Performs professional and administrative duties necessary to provide counseling and risk asessment for genetic conditions to patients and families.

  • Provide comprehensive genetic counseling at all designated sites and to patients and families referred for genetic services following the competencies established by the ABGC and appropriate state licensure role. This includes case preparation, contracting, review of medical and family histories, creation of pedigree, genetic risk assessment, discussion of inheritance/risk/diagnosis/natural history, genetic testing options, possible result outcomes and implications for patient and family, limited related psychosocial assessment, resource identification (disease/community/healthcare), and make appropriate referrals to medical, nursing, social work, and psychological services.
  • Act as mentor to genetic counseling graduate students from accredited Genetic Counseling training programs.
  • Serve as a resource for various health care professionals regarding genetic testing, genetically based questions, and genetic medical information.
  • Assist genetic laboratory services with interpretation and communication of results to patients and physicians.
  • Operate, maintain, and update the genetic databases.
  • Assists patients in insurance reimbursement and pre-authorization for genetic testing ordered as well as proof of medical necessity.
  • Communicate with patients and physicians by phone and/or in writing regarding patient care/testing, which includes interpretation of test results.
  • Ensures that patients are receiving the most appropriate testing available by keeping up-to-date with the latest testing options.
  • Develops sound knowledge of national guidelines for inherited cancer syndromes and criteria for genetic testing.
  • Collaborates with interdisciplinary team within the UPMC Pinnacle Cancer Centers: in assessing appropriate genetic testing, cancer screening, and medical management recommendations.
  • Participate in clinic visits for patients seen in the High Risk Clinic at the UPMC Pinnacle Breast Care Center.
  • Attends and actively participates in multidisciplinary cancer conferences.
  • Plans, organizes and conducts public and professional educational seminars on medical genetics, patient care and genetic counseling issues


  • Master of Science in Human Genetics/Genetic Counseling from an American Board of Genetics Counseling (ABGC) accredited institution. 
  • Individuals must be board certified or have active candidate status to sit for the exam to become certified by the American Board of Genetics Counseling (ABGC). 
  • Individuals who have graduated from an accredited program must apply for active candidate status and must take and pass the exam within the approved exam cycle to achieve certification.  
  • One year of clinical experience in order to a) become proficient in providing counseling b) develop a thorough knowledge of genetic disorders c) become familiar with research developments with potential application in clinical setting. An accredited degree granting program should include this experience.
  • Successful demonstration of the completion of the competencies required by the department/unit.
  • Analytical ability necessary to collect and analyze data interpret laboratory tests and information and perform various research and retrieval duties.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills necessary to counsel patients and families. 
  • Possesses effective educational techniques required to conduct lectures and seminars, advise students and interact with health care professionals.
  • Should demonstrate knowledge of principles of human genetics include inheritance patterns, teratology, cytogenetics, diagnostic testing and genetic terminology.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) certified genetic counselor who holds or is eligible for PA licensure or after hire must be eligible to apply for a temporary provisional genetic counselor license within PA and must successfully obtain full licensure within 2 years of being hired.

  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

    Salary Range: $29.75 to $46.13 / hour

    Union Position: No

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