Course : Noninvasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS)

Genomics in Clinical Practice Educational Series - Noninvasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS)


The series focuses on the role and use of genome and exome sequencing technologies in clinical practice; helping current physicians and other healthcare professional who are not board-certified geneticists to understand the application of genetics and genomics in their practice in the areas of Genetic Testing, Genomic Sequencing, Genetic Counseling, Sequencing and Interpretation, and Reporting and Delivery Results.

Each webinar contains several modules addressing different aspects of the application of genomic testing to the particular area of clinical use.

This activity is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Illumina, Inc.

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Educational Credits Available

Amount of Credits: 3 (CME)

Registration and Fees

ACMG Member and ACMG Trainee (no credits) - free
Non-members- No Credits Available ($30)
ACMG Member with educational credits ($15)
Non-members with educational credits ($55)


At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

1. Explain the different types of preconceptional and prenatal screening, including genetic screening and screening for carrier states.

2. Explain the types of results encountered in prenatal whole genome analysis by cytogenomic arrays as a prelude to what may be seen from NIPS.

3. Explain the different types of NIPS, including use of cell free fetal DNA and fetal cells separated from maternal circulation, and the various statistical approaches to quantifying results.

4. Describe patient selection, clinical performance characteristics, and limitations of NIPS. 

5. Explain the process by which genomic testing results are analytically and clinically interpreted and the role of bioinformatics in this process.

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