Misericordia University Features Gross Anatomy Laboratory

The Gross Anatomy Laboratory at Misericordia University is an educational resource for regional collegians and high school students alike as it offers eight cadavers in separate stainless steel cadaver tanks in the Hafey-McCormick Science Building.

Misericordia University students enrolled in the biology, occupational therapy, physician assistant, physical therapy and speech-language pathology programs utilize the special laboratory with four female and four male cadavers to gain hands-on experience and a better understanding of the human body.

“Even though students learn about the human body and its tissues, organs and muscles in textbooks, simulators and other special presentations,’’ said Anthony Serino, Ph. D., an associate professor of biology at Misericordia University, “you simply cannot replicate the overall learning experience of personally examining human organs and tissues or seeing the effects of smoking on human lungs and determining a cause of death.’’

Besides the eight cadavers, the Gross Anatomy Laboratory at Misericordia University features brain, laryngeal and other tumors, unhealthy hearts, enlarged prostates and damaged spinal cords, as well as healthy human anatomy.

Misericordia University is the only college or university in Luzerne County and one of only two in northeastern Pennsylvania that has a fully operational cadaver laboratory. Misericordia faculty members provide educational opportunities for regional high school students through tours and the annual Biology and Nursing Career Exploration Camps that are held in June. It is also a resource for other regional colleges that utilize the lab to complete requirements for their academic programs.

For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu.Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.