• Web-Based Genetics Institute

    The Web-Based Genetics Institute (WBGI) is hosted by Cincinnati Children’s. The WBGI is taught using an asynchronous collaborative learning format. Blackboard allows students and faculty to access assignments, participate in group discussions and communicate with the instructor. The WBGI spans 18 weeks and is divided into three modules. Participants should plan to spend a minimum of 10 hours each week to complete assignments, which will involve readings, independent learning activities and online group discussions.

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    Nurses interested in learning about human genetics and applying their knowledge in clinical, education or research endeavors are encouraged to register. Registration is limited to 20 registrants.

    Jan. 11 – May 20, 2016 – $1400
    July 18 – Nov, 25, 2016 – $1400

    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (OH-046, 9/1/2018) is an approved provider of continuing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

    Nursing contact hours for this program will be awarded for those who complete the entire course and course evaluation between 7/1/15 and 7/1/17.

    The presenters have declared no conflict of interest related to this program. There is no commercial support or sponsorship for this program.

    Carol Hetteberg, MSN, RN
    WBGI Primary instructor / facilitator
    Education Specialist, Division of Human Genetics,
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    Cincinnati, Ohio

    Carol has taught/facilitated the WBGI and Applying Genomics to Nursing Practice online courses since their inception in 2002 and 2008, respectively. She has experience with online course development and testing, and was a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing for eight years. She has been involved in teaching genetics in clinical and didactic nursing courses for more than 15 years.

    Robert J. Hopkin, MD
    WBGI Module 2 instructor / facilitator:
    Director of Genetics Residency Programs, Division of Human Genetics
    Associate Professor Clinical Pediatrics,
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    Cincinnati, Ohio

    Rob has taught/facilitated the WBGI Module 2, “Overview of Clinical Genetics” since 2002. He has been involved in teaching medical students, residents, genetic counseling graduate students and nursing students about genetics for more than 15 years. He has been the director of the genetics residency programs at Cincinnati Children’s since 2006 and is a member of the Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics (APHMG) and the Residency Program Directors Group (affiliated with APHMG).

    Week 0

    Orientation to Blackboard & Introduction to Instructor and Participants

    Weeks 1 – 7, Module 1 - Basic Human & Molecular Genetics

    Week 1

    Week 2

    Week 3

    Week 4

    Week 5

    Week 6

    Week 7

    Introduction to the Human Genome Project

    Cell Division

    Patterns of Inheritance

    Influences on Gene Expression

    DNA Replication, Transcription, Translation

    Genetic Basis of Cancer

    Introduction to Genetic Variation

    Week 8 - BREAK

    Weeks 9 – 13, Module 2, Overview of Clinical Genetics

    Week 9

    Week 10

    Week 11

    Week 12

    Week 13

    History Taking and Dysmorphology

    Constructing and Interpreting Pedigrees

    Genetic Testing, Part 1

    Genetic Testing, Part 2

    Genetic Therapeutics

    Weeks 14 – 18, Module 3, Genetic Nursing Today

    Week 14

    Week 15

    Week 16

    Week 17

    Week 18

    Resources for Patients and Families

    Ethical, Legal and Social Implications

    Ethnic, Racial and Cultural Considerations for Providing Genetic Services

    Nursing Roles in Genetic Health Care

    Applying Genetics in Nursing Practice, Education or Research

    Cincinnati Children’s will award a total of 133.1 contact hours to nurses upon the successful completion of all required WBGI learning assignments and evaluations. If nurses are unable to complete the entire WBGI, contact hours will be awarded to those who participate in an entire module and complete the module evaluation.

    The contact hours will be awarded as follows:

    • Module 1- Basic Human and Molecular Genetics 64.7 contact hours
    • Module 2- Overview of Clinical Genetics 36.1 contact hours
    • Module 3- Genetics Nursing Today 32.3 contact hours

    Content & Learning Experience:

    • “In all my doctoral education, I would have to say this course has had the most impact.”
    • "...will help me to inform others, both nursing students and laypersons of the genetic concepts that are so vital for them to know...another valuable aspect of the course--the fact that you have shown us how to stay up-to-date on the information."
    • "I believe I can take the information I have learned and better educate patients on issues they have related to genetics. Most importantly, I understand the material better and also have better understanding of what the basic oncology nurse should know about genetics and cancer and also other genetic disorders."
    • "I was looking for information on the newer genetic testing strategies for newborns and came to realize so much more: the value of pedigrees and family histories, the complexities of obtaining those, cultural variations in genetics and in patterns of seeking health care, internet resources, great textbooks (I was surprised that nurse authors could grasp so much of this field and explain it so well via written format), and all you students and instructors."
    • "I think the WBGI offers a broad-based opportunity for healthcare professionals to develop knowledge about the science of genetics, genetic testing that is available, and importance of utilizing genetic professionals when screening or counseling is conducted. It was a great "jumping off" point for me. I feel that I have the essentials to continue my own education and professional advancement."
    • "…one of the most valuable learning experiences that I have participated in since graduating from my Masters degree program."
    • "…terrific and far exceeded my expectations."
    • "I have a new found enthusiasm and appreciation for education because of the master educators I have been exposed to at the WBGI."
    • "When I applied for this course last fall I never dreamed it could have been this good!"
    • "This has been an amazing experience! Challenging and demanding but incredibly rewarding."
    • "I learned far far more than I ever dreamed possible."
    • “I came in with admittedly little knowledge of genetics, and left with an understanding of important basic concepts, experience in applying the concepts, and a multitude of ideas for sharing the knowledge with the nurses of tomorrow. “
    • “I’ve had genetics courses in graduate school and have done much reading on cancer genetics since entering the field 20+ years ago. However, this course provided me with in-depth understanding of genetics. In addition to the biological concepts/content, the modules addressed the very important ethical/moral/legal and psychosocial issues paramount to a thorough understanding and appreciation of genetics.”

    Online Learning:

    • “For a Blackboard neophyte, like me, the directions were clear and the willingness to give assistance encouraging.”
    • “Like everyone else, I learned far more from this course than I thought possible. I have been very impressed with how well the web-based format works and how it has exposed us to the web resources available.”
    • “I was skeptical that one could really learn on-line and now I’ve become a believer… Unlike attending a CEU conference, one cannot be a passive learner with this type of format.”
    • “Genetics CAN be learned in an online format. I wondered about that but am pleased to report that with the creativity and warmth of the WBGI faculty, this was entirely possible and enjoyable.”
    • "I must admit that when I paid the fee for this course, I did think it was high and wondered if it could ‘give me my money’s worth.’ It did and more. This was my first successfully completed online course, so that barrier has also been overcome."


    WBGI participants must purchase two textbooks:

    Clinical Genetics in Nursing Practice, 3rd Edition
    Felissa R. Lashley, RN, PhD, FAAN
    Pub Date: 04/2005
    ISBN: 082612366X
    Published by Springer Publishing

    Human Heredity: Principles and Issues, 11th Edition 
    Michael Cummings 
    Date Published: 2015
    ISBN10: 1-305-25105-9
    ISBN13: 978-1-305-25105-2
    Published by Cengage
    There are e-versions of these texts and you can rent them online.


    If you must withdraw from the WBGI, you may receive a refund depending on the number of class weeks that have passed:

    • Week 1 - 75% of registration fee refunded
    • Week 2 - 50% of registration fee will be refunded
    • Week 3 - 25% of registration fee will be refunded
    • Week 4 - Week 18 - no refund of registration fee

    (Please note: depending on availability, participants who do not receive a refund may resume the WBGI during the next session at the beginning of the uncompleted module(s) at no additional cost.)