Direct-to-Consumer Gene Tests - FIT600

Direct-to-Consumer Gene Tests

High Risk or Helpful?

by Joanna Kentes Spahis, MSN, RN, CNS, AGN-BC
(4.4 / 8 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Fitness (0.10 CEU)

Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50


Direct-to-consumer genetic testing is a relatively new form of genetic testing that allows consumers to collect a sample of their DNA, mail it to a company, and receive a report on their possible future genetic risk of disease. However, consumers may receive confusing or unexpected results and may not receive competent guidance from a genetic health professional. This module provides an overview of the types of genetic testing available and the types available through direct-to-consumer genetic test companies and also discusses the advantages and drawbacks of DTC testing. Healthcare professionals in all practice settings will play a role in the delivery of genetic information to the public.


The purpose of this program is to familiarize nurses, fitness professionals, and health educators with direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing kits, their benefits and drawbacks, and the role of healthcare professionals in helping consumers make educated decisions about their use. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the types of genetic testing available and the types available through DTC genetic test companies
  • Explain the possible benefits and drawbacks to DTC genetic testing
  • Describe three patient education points involving DTC genetic testing that a clinical nurse specialist trained in genetics may provide to patients

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, fitness professionals and health educators.
Fitness Professionals: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Committee as an approved provider of continuing education (provider #A1074). This course is approved for 0.2 CEU of continuing education for the CSCS & NSCA-CPT.
The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that OnCourse Learning meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2013 to December 2019 (provider #730441). This course is approved for 1.0 ACSM CEC. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.

Course Originally Released on: 2/14/2017
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/14/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/14/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Nancy A - Universal City, TX  ·  Nov 02, 2018
This truly helped to enhance my knowledge of genetic testing. It is very thorough.
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Whitney M - Mountain View, HI  ·  May 09, 2018
Great overview with potential pros and cons of DTC testing.
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Courtney E - Belvidere, IL  ·  Mar 15, 2018
It makes me aware that patients need to be educated if they are taking these tests and let them know how important lifestyle changes are.
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Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50