When you study Anatomy I and II at National
University of Health Sciences, you'll work with pre-dissected
cadavers in the graduate level gross anatomy laboratory.
"Our bachelor of science students enrolled in anatomy courses
spend two hours each week in the lab. During that time, they
examine multiple cadavers to observe structures that they are
discussing in classroom lectures, and to observe differences
between one body and another," says
Dr. Randy Swenson, dean of the NUHS College of Allied Health
The instructor and an assistant are on hand to help students
work with the cadavers, and are available to answer
questions. In addition, the lab is equipped with a smart
board, camera and digital monitors, so the instructor can share a
cadaver observation with the entire class.
Most other undergraduate anatomy programs combine the study of
anatomy with physiology in a standard "A&P" course. Some
schools may offer only one course in anatomy that covers the entire
body. NUHS is unique in that it offers not only one, but two highly
detailed courses in anatomy: Anatomy l, covering the
musculoskeletal systems, muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and
skin; Anatomy II covering the chest and abdomen, lungs, heart,
gastro-intestinal tract, and reproductive system.
"The human anatomy lab is one of the reasons I moved here from
Canada to finish my bachelor's degree at NUHS," says Reza Danesh,
who is working toward a career as a DO or MD in the future.
"We go to a much higher level of detail than most community or
four-year colleges. Our format provides much better preparation for
students who are preparing for medical school and professional
health degree programs," says Dr. Swenson.
National University recently renovated its anatomy lab, bringing
in state of the art technology and new equipment. (
Read more about the NUHS anatomy lab.)