Health-related fields are some of the most popular and fastest-growing programs at the University of Lynchburg. Our health sciences laboratories are one reason. These labs give students opportunities to explore the human anatomy, practice patient care, and do meaningful health sciences research — all in a safe, controlled, academic setting.
We have two cadaver labs, which allow students to learn about human organs and body structures in a way that they could not learn from photos or charts. This enhanced understanding of the body helps them become better medical practitioners.
Undergraduates from biology, biomedical science, exercise physiology, nursing, and other pre-health majors use a cadaver lab in Hobbs-Sigler Hall, while students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Master of Science in Athletic Training programs use the Graduate Health Sciences facility.
Centra Central Virginia Center for Simulation and Virtual Learning
At the Central Virginia Center for Simulation and Virtual Learning, nursing students get a close-as-you-can look at what it’s like to work with real patients in a hospital or clinical setting. The “Sim Center” is operated under a partnership between University of Lynchburg and Centra, the local hospital system, and includes everything you’d find at an actual hospital — patient rooms, operating room, birthing centers, emergency department, and more.
Human Performance Laboratory
The Walker Human Performance Laboratory is at the heart of Lynchburg’s exercise physiology program. In this high-tech, 1,500-square-foot facility, students and faculty do real-world research on many aspects of health, wellness, and human performance. They also provide affordable physiological performance and fitness testing for people in the Lynchburg community and beyond.