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Genetics Nursing

What it Takes to Become a Genetics Nurse

Genetics nurses tend to patients who are susceptible to, or who have already contracted, medical or psychiatric health disorders related to their genetic makeup. They care for the patients of genetic diseases and support genetics physicians. Genetic nurses also support the patient’s family to educate them about the condition and discuss genetic risk factors.


Attain a BSN

Pass the NCLEX and become an RN

Earn your genetics clinical nurse certification by passing the exam

Typical Tasks

  • Performing genetics analyses
  • Creating patient care plans and administering medical treatment
  • Providing consultation and assistance to genetics physicians
  • Educating patients’ families on hereditary risk factors

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • University health care facilities
  • Research facilities
  • Prenatal centers
  • Oncology clinics
  • Pediatric clinics

Annual Salary Range

$43,410 – $92,240


RN, Genetics Clinical Nurse (GCN)

Education Requirements


Interested in taking the next step toward becoming a genetics nurse?