SOWELA Incorporates an Anatomage Table into Curriculum: A Revolutionary Anatomy Teaching Tool

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SOWELA Technical Community College recently acquired an Anatomage Table for its School of Nursing and Allied Health thanks to grant funding. As the world’s first virtual dissection table, the Anatomage enables students to virtually view the systems, organs, and tissues of a variety of cadavers. It is used for classroom instruction in anatomy, pathology, and normal and abnormal clinical case studies.

“The high-tech display of the Anatomage table gives our students a better understanding of gross human anatomy, beyond what their textbook can show,” said Nicole Wiley, Biology Instructor and Laboratory Coordinator at SOWELA.

The Anatomage Table is proven to improve test scores as students gain hands-on experience with a virtual cadaver that helps them better understand how the body works and functions as a whole. Each cadaver has fully annotated structures. The FDA has cleared the software for use in radiology, enabling users to upload X-rays and CAT scans from a doctor’s office that the Anatomage software will then convert for use on the machine. Anatomage also depicts feline and canine cadavers, embryo development, and histology samples.

The School of Nursing and Allied Health offers Nursing (RN), Practical Nursing (LPN), and Nursing Assistant (CNA) programs. Sterile Processing and Surgical Technology programs are currently awaiting SACSCOC accreditation and will be offered at the SOWELA Jennings site next year, pending approval. All programs immerse students with a holistic curriculum from state-of-the-art classroom technology—like the Anatomage Table—to hands-on experience in a variety of clinical settings.

For more information about programs offered through SOWELA’s School of Nursing and Allied Health, contact the School’s Dean, Dr. Wendi Palermo, at (337) 421-6594 or visit www.sowela.edu/programs.

SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates that empower learners in transfer, career and technical education to excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for more than 75 years.