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Genetics Nurse


A Genetics Nurse helps patients with or at risk for diseases related to their genetics, diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. These nurses perform risk assessments and analyze the data found. A career in Genetics Nursing can be very rewarding, you’ll help patients and families better prepare themselves for the potentially harmful diseases that run in their family.

Things You'll Do:

  • Analyze patient’s genes
  • Educate patients and families on their genetic risks

Your job characteristics:

  • Structured
  • Patient-facing
  • Research-oriented

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • You’ll need five years of clinical experience in genetics nursing
  • Get Your
    your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited program, if you don't already have one
  • Pass Your
    Genetics Clinical Nurse (GCN) certification exam
  • Become a
    Genetics Clinical Nurse (GCN)
  • Get Your
    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an accredited graduate program
  • You'll need 300 hours of Genetic Practicum experiences as a Clinical Genetics Nurse (CGN)
  • Pass Your
    Advanced Practice Nurse in Genetics (APNG) exam
  • Become a
    Advanced Practice Nurse in Genetics (APNG)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Physician’s office
    • Outpatient care clinics

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • 22% more jobs for Registered Nurses from 2008-2018
    • You’ll work with patients of all ages

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