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Medical Laboratory Science Program

Medical Laboratory Science

The Medical Laboratory Science program, is designed to be a 3+1 configuration that is built on a partnership between the Science department at CCSJ and School of Medical Laboratory Science. Students will complete the science curriculum at CCSJ within 3 years and, upon acceptance, spend the fourth year at the accredited School of Medical Laboratory Science associated with the Community Healthcare System.

Department Chair: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Program Director: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Faculty: Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.; Edward Draper, Ph.D.; Tracy Stone, M.S., CSCS; Michael Kiederling, Ph.D.; Nicole Griffin, M.L.S, ASCP; Mary Wallace, M.S., ASCP

Program Details

This program is designed to be a 3+1 configuration that is built on a partnership between the Science department at CCSJ and School of Medical Laboratory Science. The concept has a vision that is two-fold: first in the program students will be completing the science curriculum, taking all the science classes at CCSJ within three years; in addition to completing the science curriculum--and in order to move into the last year of the MLS program--students must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.7, Science GPA of 2.7, and they will be personally interviewed.

For the second part of the program, which is the MLS portion, students will be allowed to spend the fourth year at the accredited School of Medical Laboratory Science, which is affiliated with Community Healthcare System (CHS), located at 901 MacArthur Blvd., Munster, IN. Here, students will take the coursework consisting of classroom instruction in clinical laboratory sciences and hands-on laboratory activities, along with gaining the training with actual clinical laboratory testing, as well.

After completing the 3+1, CCSJ will bestow the degree to our graduates.

If a student cannot somehow gain acceptance into the School of Medical Laboratory Science, he/she will have the opportunity to pursue another of our Science programs (Biomedical, Kinesiology, Life Science, or Forensics Science) at CCSJ.

After earning the Bachelor of Science Degree from CCSJ, then he/she may re-apply to the School of Medical Laboratory Science or another institution, where a baccalaureate of Medical Laboratory Science is offered.

Faculty

Full-Time Faculty:

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.

Program Director for Biomedical Science, Exercise and Sport Science, and Kinesiology
Interim Program Director for Forensic Biotechnology
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Office: Room 512
(219) 473-4275
alakhani@ccsj.edu
Dr. Lakhani's Faculty Member Page

Dr. Ahmed Lakhani is an assistant professor of science at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC) in 2003. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2011. His primary expertise is in chemistry, although he teaches across the curriculum at CCSJ in three science programs and is the Program Director for Bachelor of Science programs in Biomedical Science, Forensic Science, and Kinesiology.



Carrie Hutton

Dr. Carrie Hutton, M.S., M.S.E., Ed.D

Program Director, Mathematics; Program Director, General Education
Assistant Professor
Office: Room 302
(219) 473-4284
chutton@ccsj.edu

Dr. Hutton earned a M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from Purdue University, a M.S.E. in Engineering from Purdue University, and an Ed.D in Leadership from American College of Education.

Dr. Hutton teaches developmental mathematics courses, Statistics, and Calculus courses at CCSJ. She previously taught dual credit engineering technology courses and mathematics courses in K-12 schools. Her research interests include quality and competitive K-16 STEM education for underrepresented populations in STEM careers, the successful implementation of inquiry K-16 STEM learning, and the successful implementation of project-based integrated K-16 STEM learning.

Dr. Hutton is an active member of the community as a City of Hammond Commissioner for the Human Relations Commission. She is also an active member of the CCSJ community as the General Education Director, the Student Government faculty sponsor, and the Chair of faculty Senate.



Br. Benjamin Basile

Br. Benjamin Basile, C.P.P.S, M.S.

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Office: Room 303
(219) 473-4280
bbasile@ccsj.edu

Brother Benjamin Basile, C.PP.S. is a member of the Precious Blood Missionaries, the founding religious order of Calumet College of St. Joseph. A native of New Jersey, Brother Ben joined the Missionaries in 1969. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. He also has done graduate study in Education at the University of Akron and in Computer Science at DePaul University. After 8 years in high school teaching and 3 years as a high school principal, he was appointed to the faculty of Calumet College of St. Joseph in 1981, teaching computer science and mathematics. From 1990 to 2000, he served as Registrar of the College, and as Mathematics Coordinator from 2003 to 2015. Currently, he enjoys teaching "all math, all the time." In 2015 he oversaw the installation, in the Bernard Gallery of the College, of a Kimball pipe organ from 1898, which he had saved from destruction.



Doctor Draper

Dr. Edward Draper, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: Room 514
Phone: (219) 473-4268
edraper@ccsj.edu

Dr. Draper received his B.S. in Biology from Loyola University, an M.S. in Biology from Purdue University, and a PhD. in Biology from The University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Draper is most interested in molecular biology, cellular biology, and genetics. He will be teaching courses throughout the biology curriculum. Dr. Draper uses the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism to study how cells detect and respond to extracellular signals.



Tracy Stone

Tracy Stone, M.S.

Faculty Instructor of Kinesiology
Office: Room 520
(219) 473-4357
tstone@ccsj.edu

Tracy started her career in fitness in 1997 as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer. Her love of health and wellness led her to earn a B.S. in Exercise Science & Health Promotion from Miami University of Ohio and an M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Mrs. Stone is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In 2003, she was given her first opportunity to teach in the classroom setting as a Graduate Assistant at UIC. From there she went on to serve as the Lead Instructor for the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) in Chicago for 12 years.




Adjunct Faculty:

Michael Keiderling

Dr. Michael Keiderling, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty of Physics
mkeiderling@ccsj.edu

Dr. Michael Keiderling is an adjunct faculty member at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. He received his B.A. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University in 2006. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics at Rutgers University in 2015. His primary expertise is in Physics though he also teaches general science.






Nicole Griffin

Nicole Griffin, M.L.S., ASCP, SM

Adjunct Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science

Nicole Griffin is an adjunct faculty member at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana. She received her B.S. in Biology from Purdue University in 2002. She is currently pursuing her M.A. degree in Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics from Michigan State University. Nicole has over 15 year’s clinical experience as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. Her primary expertise is in clinical Microbiology.​






Mary Wallace

Mary Wallace, M.S.

Adjunct Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science

Mary Wallace is Program Director of the Community Healthcare System School of Medical Laboratory Science. She received her B.S. in biology at Purdue University West Lafayette, IN. She completed the School of Medical Technology at St. Mary Medical Center in Gary IN and has worked at Community Hospital Laboratory for many years. She taught in the Medical Laboratory Technology program at Indiana University Northwest for three years before participating in the establishment of the MLS program at CHS. She achieved her MS in Biology at Purdue Calumet and more recently a Specialist in Hematology from ASCP. Mary teaches Hematology, Blood Bank, Immunology, Urinalysis and Body Fluids.



Program Objectives

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 normilization.

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.

Career Options

Career Options with this major include, but are not limited to work as:

  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Forensic Laboratory Scientist
  • Veterinary Medical Technologist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Industrial Research Firms

Program Director

Ahmed Lakhani, Ph.D.


Department Laboratory Equipment

We have well equipped biology, chemistry and physics labs along with top of the line instrumentation such as:

  • Ultra Violet/Visible Spectrometers
  • Fourier Transform Infrared
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine
  • Autoclaves
  • Microplate Reader
  • Lyophilizer
  • Analytical Balances
  • Cell Incubator
  • Sonic Dismembrator
  • -80 Fridge
  • Biological Safety Cabinet
  • Shakers
  • Bench Top Centrifuge
  • Vortex
  • Microvial Centrifuge
  • UV Trans Illuminator
  • Various Body Models
  • Adult and Child CPR
  • AED Trainer
  • Top of the Line Physics Experimental Kits

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Program Requirements

B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science (121 credit hours)

The 3+1 Medical Laboratory Science program requires students closely adhere to the following plan of study:

First Year - Freshman (Core)

Fall Semester
  • EWPC 103 - English Composition
  • GENL 100 - College Survival
  • HUM 110 - Foundations of Western Culture
  • THEO 110 - Social Justice
  • BIOL 115 / 115L - Cell and Evolution / Lab
  • PSY 100 - Intro to Psychology
Spring Semester
  • Humanities General Education Requirement
  • EWPC 150 - Public Speaking
  • EWPC 204 - Academic Reading and Writing II
  • PHIL 200 - Great Philosophical Ideas
  • MATH 104 - Algebra and Trigonometry (if not placed into MATH 104, take prerequisite MATH 103 first)

Second Year - Sophomore (Core)

Fall Semester
  • MATH 171 - Principles of Statistics
  • SOCL 210 - General Sociology
  • CHEM 200 / 200L - General and Analytical Chemistry I / Lab
  • MATH 230 - Calculus I
  • BIOL 230 / 230L - Microbology / Lab
Spring Semester
  • THEO 230 - Theological Foundations
  • BIOL 315 / 315L - Mendelian and Molecular Genetics / Lab
  • CHEM 205 / 205L - General and Analytical Chemistry II / Lab
  • MATH 231 - Calculus II

Third Year - Junior

Fall Semester
  • PHYS 300 / 300L - Physics I/Lab
  • BIOL 300 / 300L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I / Lab
  • CHEM 320 / 320L - Biochemistry / Lab
  • CHEM 310 / 310L - Organic Chemistry I / Lab
Spring Semester
  • BIOL 305 / 305L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II / Lab
  • PHYS 305 / 305L - Physics II / Lab
  • CHEM 311 / 311L - Organic Chemistry II / Lab
  • BIOL 360 - Principles of Immunology

Fourth Year - Senior (MLS Program)

Fall Semester (July to December)
  • MLS 400 - Blood Bank
  • MLS 401 - Clinical Chemistry
  • MLS 402 - Hemtologoy and Coagulation
  • MLS 403 - Microbiology
  • MLS 404 - Immunology
  • MLS 405 - Phlebotomy
  • MLS 406 - Urinalysis / Body Fluids
  • MLS 407 - Laboratory Operations
Spring Semester (January to June)
  • MLS 400 - Blood Bank
  • MLS 401 - Clinical Chemistry
  • MLS 402 - Hemtologoy and Coagulation
  • MLS 403 - Microbiology
  • MLS 404 - Immunology
  • MLS 405 - Phlebotomy
  • MLS 406 - Urinalysis / Body Fluids
  • MLS 407 - Laboratory Operations

**To get into MLS program, student must have 2.75, or greater, cumulative and scinece grade point average

*Students are not able to repeat a prefix in their Humanities and Social Science choices.


General Education Requirements

Math General Education Requirement

Picked from the following:

  • MATH 104 - Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MATH 110 - Finite Math
  • MATH 171 - Principles of Statistics
Social Science General Education Requirement

Picked from the following:

  • PSY 100 - Intro to Psychology
  • PLSC 220 - American Political Systems
  • SOCL 210 - General Sociology
  • HIST 110 - American Civilization
  • HIST 115 - Western Civilization
  • HIST 120 - World Civilization
  • ECON 160 - Economic Theory & Personal Finance
Humanities General Education Requirement

Picked from the following:

  • ARTS 100 - Intro to Performing Arts
  • ARTS 120 - Digital Photography
  • ARTS 140 - Intro to Graphic Design
  • ARTS 160 - Drawing I
  • ARTS 170 - Intro to Visual Arts
  • EWPC 111 - The Literary Experience
  • PHIL 200 - Great Philosophical Ideas

Courses

To see the list of core courses related to this program, check out the course descriptions on the Biophysical Chemistry and Math Department Courses page.

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