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Education

March 30, 2014

IUK students achieve high acceptance rate to competitive lab program

Indiana University Kokomo will be well represented at the IU Medical School this fall, filling nearly half the class in one program.

The clinical laboratory science program draws nearly 50 applications from all over the country each year, with room to admit 12. The fall 2014 incoming class will include five students from IU Kokomo.

Pre-clinical laboratory science students Martin Alvarado, Courtney Cochran, Kayla Lawhead and Patrick Russell, all from Kokomo, and Kelaerin Bax, Peru, were chosen for the Bachelor of Science program at

IUPUI, after completing the first three years of the program on the Kokomo campus.

Christian Chauret, dean of the School of Sciences, said the campus has had students admitted to this program before, “but to have five students in one year is a new level of success that is extraordinary.”

Students who earn a Bachelor of Science degree in clinical laboratory sciences can become certified lab scientists and work in hospital and diagnostic laboratories in areas including blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, and microbiology.

The pre-clinical laboratory sciences program is part of the Division of Allied Health Sciences. Chairperson John Hughey said students take rigorous academic courses in science-oriented classes including biology, chemistry, immunology and genetics for three years, and then they apply for a fourth year in professional and clinical experience classes.

“The number of our students accepted into the professional portion of the program speaks volumes for the efforts of the students,” Hughey said in a press release. “The faculty in Allied Health Science and the School of Sciences does a fantastic job of preparing students for careers. However, it is the students who ultimately demonstrate these efforts through achievements like this.”

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