Accelerated A.S. in Health Science

CALUMET COLLEGE OF ST. JOSEPH SUPPORTS YOUR DRIVE TO TAKE ON JOBS IN HEALTH CARE, THE NATION'S FASTEST-GROWING INDUSTRY

The 16-month Accelerated Associate of Science in Health Science degree is perfect for students who want to jump-start their careers and continue to pursue higher education. With three start dates per year—January, May and August—you have the flexibility to start when you’re ready and you will be prepared to pursue several careers much more quickly than with a traditional four-year degree.

In the Accelerated Health Science program, you will

  • Advance your scientific knowledge and critical thinking skills
  • Hone your research skills and problem-solving ability
  • Develop specific expertise in areas of sample preparation, data analysis, scientific calculations and more
  • Learn to communicate the results of scientific research verbally and in writing
  • Solidify your awareness of the relevance of biological and chemical knowledge to human health and welfare

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Career

Options

Graduates of the Accelerated Associate of Science in Health Science program may choose to continue their education, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Students who prefer to enter the workforce will find opportunity in a variety of careers, including:

  • Medical Records or Health Information Technician
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Clinical Informatics Specialist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
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Faculty

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Biomedical Science and Mathematics

Dr. Edward Draper, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Science

Tracy Stone, M.S., CSCS

Instructor, Program Director, Kinesiology

Program

Objectives and requirements

67 credit hours
Scientific Knowledge and Critical Thinking:
  • Students will demonstrate a level of competency for understanding core principles.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to locate and critically evaluate scientific information.
Research Skills and Problem Solving Ability:
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to design studies to test the biological and chemical hypothesis.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to learn independently and to critically evaluate the significance of research results.
  • Specific Expertise: Students will develop and justify a range of sample preparation, data analysis, various scientific calculations (enzyme kinetics, molarity, stoichiometry).
  • Students will be able to validate techniques of analytical balances, autoclave, UV/Vis spectrometer, IR spectrometer, gel electrophoresis, simple and fractional distillation, PCR, DNA extraction, titrations, pH analysis and normalization.
Communication:
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate the results of scientific research verbally and in writing.
Ethics and Advocacy:
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to design studies that meet professional ethical standards.
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of the relevance of biological and chemical knowledge to human health and welfare.

First Year

Fall Semester
  • EWPC 103 – English Composition
  • GENL 100 – College Survival
  • BIOL 115/L – Cell and Evolution and Lab
  • Math 104/110/171 – Mathematics Course
  • THEO 110 – Social Justice
  • PSY 100 – Intro to Psychology
Spring Semester
  • PHIL 200 – Great Philosophical Ideas
  • PSY 210 – Research Methodology
  • ECON 160 – Economic Theory and Personal Finance
  • EMCO 150 – Public Speaking
  • BIOL 230/L – Microbiology and Lab
  • Humanities General Education Requirement

Second Year

Fall Semester
  • EMCO 111 – The Literary Experience
  • PSY 340 – Developmental Psychology
  • BIOL 300/L – Anatomy & Physiology and Lab
  • CHEM 200/L – General Chemistry I and Lab
  • SPN 103 – Introduction to Spanish I
Spring Semester
  • EMCO 204 – Academic Reading & Writing II
  • BIOL 305/L – Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab
  • CHEM 205/L – General Chemistry II and Lab
  • PSY 335 – Abnormal Psychology
  • HUM 110 – Foundations of Western Culture
Summer Semester
  • NSG 129 – Nursing Concepts (taken from MU)

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