The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Program operates its own laboratory that is conveniently located in the College of Health and Public Affairs, right next to the DPT Program clinical laboratories, faculty, and administration. The 30′ x 60′ anatomy lab has a refrigerated room that can store up to 12 cadavers, as well as multiple wall- and floor-mounted cabinets for storage of bone boxes, anatomical models and surgical instruments. Coded access to the lab is limited to D.P.T. students, who can use the facility on a 24/7 basis. The lab has a custom-designed ventilation system, which keeps potentially noxious fumes well below OSHA-suggested levels. In addition, there are flame- and explosion-proof storage containers in the lab to store hazardous materials. The lab has overhead, surgical lighting at each dissection station, and it is equipped with a number of safety devices, including an emergency eye-wash and shower station.
Although the laboratory uses cadavers for its in-depth dissection
of all systems of the human body, the education of DPT students in anatomy is further supplemented through the use of cutting-edge technology. The DPT Program owns an Anatomage Virtual Dissection Table which allows students to three-dimensionally examine the anatomy of all systems with the simple touch of a screen.
The lab is well used throughout the program, beginning with the 12-credit, 28-week, Gross Anatomy/Neuroscience course sequence in the first year. The depth and breadth of the materials presented in this course sequence prepares students to excel in the clinical science courses taught later in the curriculum. Upper-class students are free to use the lab at any time throughout the program to refresh and solidify their knowledge of the basic anatomical sciences. The lab can be outfitted for use as a classroom or clinical lab when needed. This unique facility gives UCF DPT students ready access to one of the finest anatomical laboratories in the United States.