More than 245 Arcadia alumni are working across the country as clinical counselors, researchers, laboratory counselors, executive directors, program directors, and patient advocates. They have achieved professional recognition in diverse genetic counseling roles in 30 states, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
Our annual reunions regularly attract upwards of 70 people, and the connections these alumni share with students and recent graduates are powerful resources in forming a new career.
Results of the 2015 alumni survey found that graduates are very satisfied with their educational experience at Arcadia. Recent alumni rated “feeling prepared for their first genetic counseling position” at 4.5 on a 5 point scale. One alumna responded that her Arcadia education was a “great experience where I learned a lot and gained the skills to be successful in my career. I recommend this program to any interested student.”
The "Wall of Dots"
When a graduate secures a job, usually before graduation, a “dot” is placed on a wall in the Genetic Counseling house (shown in photo, above). The dots represent Arcadia University alumni across the country as well as the hospitals, clinics, labs, universities, and advocacy organizations at which they’re employed.
Making their mark on “the wall,” and in the field, is something all the students aspire to do. Allison Britt ’13M, now a genetic counselor for the division of genetics within the department of pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch, simply said, “I’m so proud to have a polka dot!”
Employment rates are high, with 100% of the graduates of the class of 2016 employed in the Genetic Counseling field by the time of their graduation. Regular surveys show that employers are extremely pleased with the Arcadia graduates’ work ethic, knowledge, and performance. Many institutions employ multiple Arcadia graduates.