Course catalog

Most of PMA's courses are designed to be understood by a lay professional audience with little to no background in genomics. Our customers include health care providers, health care organizations, insurance and regulatory professionals, IT/informatics and diagnostic industry professionals and others. We provide concise, precise, easily understood, practical information to improve genomic literacy, increase awareness and/or impart skills needed to accelerate the uptake of precision medicine.


CORE COURSES (Essential Precision Medicine)

These courses are suitable for a lay audience with little to no background in genomics, who want to gain some genomic literacy and/or understand the breadth of applications of genomics in the clinic today.

Human Genomics (PM101)

A primer on DNA, genes and genetic variation in the human genome, laying the foundation for understanding genomics in medicine.

Genes, heredity and disease (PM102)

Learn about the genetic basis of Mendelian and complex diseases.

Genomics in medical practice (PM103)

A brief survey of the current and future applications of genomics in primary care medicine, including: carrier screening; rare disease diagnostic sequencing; genetic predisposition testing; pharmacogenomics; tumor profiling; non-invasive testing in prenatal diagnosis and cancer screening; microbial sequencing for microbiome and pathogen diagnosis; and gene editing.

Risk, regulation and ethics of genetic testing (PM104)

Provides a framework for evaluating genetic tests and explores the potential benefits and risks of knowing your genomic information.


These courses are suitable for a professional audience with limited background in genomics, who wants to keep abreast of how to apply genomics to clinical practice.

Making sense of personal genomic test results

Learn about the benefits and limitations of genetic information provided by direct to consumer genetic testing companies and how to discuss with your patients.

Genetic predisposition testing

Learn about the clinical application of genetic testing for diagnosing or predicting inherited diseases in at-risk individuals. Includes: how to know if a disease is genetic, selecting an appropriate test, choosing a laboratory, interpreting results, communicating results to patients.

Diagnostic sequencing in rare genetic diseases

Learn about the clinical application of diagnostic sequencing for solving rare idiopathic diseases in children. Includes hands-on learning using commercially available software.

Pharmacogenomics in practice

Learn about the clinical application of genetic testing to optimize drug dose or reduce side effects and improve efficacy of prescription medications. Includes option to get one’s own pharmacogenomic profile done.

Tumor profiling in practice

Learn about the genomic landscape of tumors and the clinical application of tumor genomic profiling to expand treatment options for patients with cancer.