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Real Cadavers in Undergrad? You Bet!

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 Sciences.

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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.)