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.)

BS Program at NUHS Gives Students an Edge

In this video, student Greg Swets explains why National University's  bachelor degree completion program in biomedical science has the edge over similar programs at other schools. Top instructors and a graduate level environment are big reasons. Greg plans to use his bachelor's degree as a stepping stone toward a career as a chiropractic and naturopathic physician.
 

Biomedical Science Students Explore Exercise Physiology

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 it.

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 children.

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"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.

Read course descriptions for the biomedical science program at NUHS.

Bureau of Labor Stats on Careers with Biological Science Degree

A biomedical science degree falls in the category of biological science degrees. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a website with a wealth of career outlook information for those with biological science degrees. On www.bls.gov you'll find several career categories in biomedical science, a job outlook for each profession, average salary information, descriptions of each career as well as necessary educational requirements.

For example, on www.bls.gov, you can explore biological science careers, such as:

Or you can search on the site for any term you like to find other science related careers and salary information.

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The good news is that between 2008 and 2018, the demand for biochemists should increase by 37%, and demand for microbiologists by 12%. All other biological scientists should see an increase in job growth of 19%. 

Many biomedical science degree graduates from National University of Health Sciences go on to earn an advanced or professional degree in health care. The great news from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is that the health care sector will continue to grow between now and 2020.

Learn more about finishing your bachelor's degree in biomedical science so that you can take advantage of the great momentum these statistics point to for those in science and health care careers.

A Word from Dr Richardson

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 careers.


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.

Learn more about how to complete your bachelor's degree in biomedical science at NUHS.