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Genetics Nurse

A Genetics Nurse works with people who either have, or are at risk for hereditary diseases such as Alzheimer’s and cancer.
Education requirements
MSN
Average annual salary
Attributes
Patient-facing
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Research-oriented
Analyze data and discover new ways to help patients.
Structured
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
You’ll help patients and their families prepare themselves for genetic diseases and conditions that run in their family.
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What you’ll do

Education

You’ll teach patients and their families about their genetic risks.

Research

You’ll perform tests, analyze results and identify hereditary risk factors.

Treatment

You’ll care for patients who have or are at risk for genetic diseases.

Where you’ll work
  • Genetic clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
How to become a Genetics Nurse

02

Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.

03

Work as a Registered Nurse, gaining experience in genetics, cancer, clinic care etc.

04

Get your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with an emphasis on genetics.

05

Pass the Genetic Clinical Nurse Certification exam through the Genetic Nursing Credentialing Commission.

06

You’re ready to work as a Genetics Nurse.

07

After working as a Genetics Nurse for 1500 hours you can get your Advanced Genetic Nurse Certification.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Genetics Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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