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.)
Have you ever wanted to learn more about what happens to the
human body when we exercise? Exercise physiology is a course option
in the biomedical science
program at National University. It combines metabolic
biochemistry, cellular and organ system physiology, as well as
anatomic structure and function in order to understand and explain
physical and athletic performance and how the body adapts to
In addition to learning the basics of exercise physiology, NUHS
students go deeper.
Instructor Nancy Stienke gives students the chance to explore
personal interests and take more control over what they learn. "The
students write a paper reviewing the scientific literature on any
exercise topic of their choosing. They also create a poster based
on that information, and make a presentation on the topic the last
week of class," she explains.
The students get lots of help in their research. "Our Learning
Resource Center provides a workshop for them, teaching them how
to search our electronic databases for the information they need,"
says Nancy. "They learn how to choose a topic that is broad enough
to provide enough research to prepare a good review, but not so
broad that it pulls up too much research to read."
Below are some of the research posters prepared by biomedical
science students enrolled in the NUHS exercise physiology course.
They cover topics such as health benefits of Yoga or Tai Chi,
sports benefits for amputees, or resistance training for
"The goal of this project is to give students a chance to work
with the scientific literature and get a glimpse of what it takes
to communicate information to the scientific community," says Nancy
Stienke. "Professional posters are very common at scientific
meetings. This project shows students the steps involved with
creating a scientific poster, while also giving them greater
expertise on their topic."
For those who are eager to learn more about the human body from
a sports medicine perspective, NUHS also offers courses in sports
nutrition and kinesiology.
course descriptions for the biomedical science program at
In this video, hear Daniel Richardson, PhD, assistant dean for
the College of Allied Health Sciences, explain the unique
advantages of National University's bachelor degree completion program
in biomedical science. A BS in biomedical science can be a
springboard to excelling in advanced degrees and a variety of
Dr. Richardson teaches botanical medicine to students in the BS
program, and also teaches pharmacology courses in National
University's graduate programs. This is one example of how our
undergraduate students benefit in learning directly from
graduate-level faculty members.
more about how to complete your bachelor's degree in
biomedical science at NUHS.
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