Virtual Anatomy Labs for Pre-Professional Health Sciences Students

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Our department turns away many students seeking an undergraduate human anatomy course as prerequisite for other programs. To address this problem, an online human anatomy course was designed. The course was successfully offered beginning in 2002. We are now addressing the question asked by students "Is there a lab with this course?" Virtual anatomy labs targeted for specific groups of students are now under development.

The experience of working in the gross anatomy lab is often overwhelming for students, as there is little opportunity for preparation. Our experience with nursing students indicates that online self-paced lab preparation is useful. Our first Virtual Anatomy Lab course is designed for pre- physical and occupational therapy, athletic trainers and pre-medical students. Emphasis of this course is limbs and back. The laboratory text Learning Human Anatomy with companion CDROM Anatomy Lab enables the student to work independently before coming to the gross anatomy lab. Virtual and real visits to the anatomy lab will be arranged in addition to the online assignments. The Virtual Anatomy Lab: Head and Neck will be the next course designed for dental hygiene and pre-dental students. The combination of the general anatomy course and the Virtual Lab in an area of interest will provide sufficient information to fulfill prerequisite requirements and prepare for higher level anatomy courses.


Presented at the 2007 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Science Research Conference, Washington, DC.

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