The NUHS Gross Anatomy Lab offers the same features found in top caliber medical school labs across the country. Emphasis on hands-on human dissection for anatomy training has always been a hallmark of our curricula, which is why students in all programs learn anatomy in this clean and modern facility.
Working on cadavers in small groups, provides students a unique learning experience.
Anatomy Lab Features
The lab's state-of-the-art features include:
Anatomy in the Chiropractic and Naturopathic Medicine Program
Both our DC and ND degree programs feature full-year human dissection as a required part of the curriculum. Some DC programs offer only "pro-section" anatomy courses where cadavers are pre-dissected by instructors. At NUHS, students learn more and go deeper by performing complete hands-on dissection themselves. Both the Illinois campus and the Florida site have equally impressive anatomy facilities.
Anatomy in the Massage Therapy Program
Students in our MT program actually see the muscles, tendons and ligaments they will work on by observing them inside real human bodies in the lab. Most other MT schools offer only diagrams and workbooks on anatomy, or simply a one-day field trip to see a cadaver.
Anatomy in the Bachelor's of Biomedical Science Program
Bachelor of science students enrolled in anatomy courses spend two hours each week in the lab, examining multiple cadavers to observe what they are discussing in classroom lectures.
Anatomy in the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Programs
NUHS is one of the few acupuncture and oriental medicine programs in the world that incorporate the dissection of cadavers for acupuncture point and meridian studies. While students dissect the body, they follow the point locations through each layer of tissue. They come away with a deeper understanding of the anatomical structures their acupuncture needle is stimulating, and at which depths different tissue can be accessed by the needle. The best news is that students report better point location skills after the course.