Anatomy and Physiology Labs
The anatomy and physiology labs are designed to give students a “hands-on” approach to the concepts covered in the classroom. Through the use of models, animal dissection, and computer simulations or tutorials, students gain an integrated understanding of structure and function in the human body. The labs emphasize critical thinking skills and use clinical applications to demonstrate the importance of the study of anatomy and physiology to careers in health-related fields.
Anatomy I labs begin with anatomical terminology and an orientation to the body, which together provide the necessary tools for studying the various body systems. Students will use microscopes to study the various tissues of the body. Laboratory models of cells, skeletons, joints, muscles, brains, eyes, and ears provide students with a 3-dimensional outlook that enhances their understanding of spatial relationships between the structures of the body. Specialized animal dissections complete their lab experience with a “real-life” approach to body systems.
In anatomy II, students continue to study body structures through specialized animal dissections. Computer simulations allow students to investigate endocrine function and disorders, blood analysis, respiratory system mechanics, chemical and physical processes of digestion, renal system physiology, and acid-base balance. Students conduct their own investigation of the electrical conduction system of the heart (ECG) using computer software and sensors; they collect and analyze data on lung volumes and capacities using hand-held dry spirometers.
CF also offers a basic anatomy and physiology lab for students in certain health-related fields (i.e. medical records) or as an elective biological science lab. Exercises begin with an introduction to important terminology; then ascends the structural ladder, introducing students to concepts associated with cells, tissues, and the structure and function of the body systems.