The blended learning impact
Hear first-hand from our Master of Genetic Counselling students about how our blending learning mode and how it fits into their lives!
Our Master of Genetic Counselling students are the first at the Graduate School of Health to experience our blended learning mode, where students will utilise active online learning and weekly live online classes via Zoom, and spend one to two week blocks on campus each session.
The Discipline wanted to make genetic counselling education more accessible to students – but as we learnt from speaking to our commencing students, it meant so much more!
Until UTS opened its course, there was only one place in the Southern Hemisphere that offered a Masters of Genetic Counselling. I wasn’t able to study there, so I felt like my life was on hold as I was determined to become a Genetic Counsellor.
The course also clicked with me because blended learning suits my religious commitments. I can study online, so it means I don’t have to miss classes, and I can be in control of my learning pace – I can do what works for me.
I’m excited to jump into all things genetic counselling and want to spread knowledge and awareness about this emerging profession.
I have always loved having a people-connection in my life as I have previous experience as a disability carer. Since my son was diagnosed with a genetic syndrome, I have interacted a lot with genetic medical professionals and was instantly hooked.
Courses in genetic counselling aren’t available in Perth and I have been dreaming of being a Genetic Counsellor for eight years; I considered it a distant hope – I thought I would have to wait for my children to grow up before I could embark on pursuing my passion.
When I found out about UTS and their distance learning last year, I really felt the course had been tailor-made for me! I can continue my life in Perth and pursue my passion for genetic counselling.
In the future, I hope to work in the area of paediatric genetics but I am fast learning there are so many options out there I had never even considered. I’m excited to see what’s ahead!
I completed my undergraduate degree in science and wrote my honours thesis on cancer genetics - I have always been intrigued by genetics. My family members have struggled in the past with hormonal health – and I believe that health and genes are very much connected.
I wanted to follow this passion further, but I couldn’t commit to relocating because of the financial strain of moving combined with my partner’s work based outside of Sydney. When I learnt about the opportunity to study this program via distance, it was life changing!
I attended three information sessions hosted by the Graduate School of Health and got to learn exactly how immersive the course was and really appreciated how hands-on it is from the get-go.
I am confident that the experience I will gain over the next two years will prepare me for my career. I’m looking forward to potentially completing a PhD in women’s health and exploring the field of epigenetics!
Interested in Genetic Counselling? Learn more about the Master of Genetic Counselling at the Graduate School of Health.