Concorde Career Colleges, a leading provider of allied health education, is introducing computer-based anatomy learning tools at all 15 of its U.S. campuses. Every Concorde student studying anatomy & physiology now has access to Anatomy & Physiology Online, an interactive, 3D, digital learning tool. Developed by Primal Pictures, Anatomy & Physiology Online includes 19 learning modules with 3D images and interactive models, narrated animations and illustrations, dissection slides, clinical case studies, aging impact visuals, a pronunciation guide, quizzes, and 60 hours of lab activities.
"We are excited to be among the first career colleges to offer this innovative learning tool that can transform and enhance our student's understanding of human anatomy," says Pat Debold, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Concorde. "A deep and foundational understanding of the human body is critical to all of our students, and 3D, virtual learning will better prepare them to work as health professionals."
"Today's students are often more comfortable with online learning, and many independently seek interactive learning tools for complex, visual topics such as human anatomy," said Laurie Wiseman, Founder and Publishing Director for Primal Pictures. "Concorde is a step ahead in meeting student learning needs, and we are happy to partner with them on this innovative shift in teaching and learning."
Primal Pictures developed its 3D models using real medical scan data to create a highly detailed model. Anatomy & Physiology Online offers 3D anatomy that can be peeled away, rotated and labelled, along with narrated animations of physiology, learning objectives, self-testing, summary text, and pronunciation guides. It includes hundreds of lab activities to be performed by the student as they learn, ranging from labelling exercises to online quizzing and coloring pages.
"Textbooks are wordy and cumbersome for learning A&P," says Mark Holcomb, Curriculum Development Specialist at Concorde. "Primal offers us an innovative way to engage students. Anatomy &Physiology Online will enliven the classroom, and give students a unique understanding of anatomy. Best of all, we will transform the way we provide lab activities on our campuses. Going digital in A&P is the way ahead, we believe."
Students using the resource agree.
"If we didn't have Primal, we would be learning from books: flat, 2D, boring, " says Amy Cangelosi, a Dental Hygiene Student at Concorde. "This makes a huge difference to how I can learn and study anatomy."
ABOUT PRIMAL PICTURES
Primal Pictures offers the most complete, detailed and medically-accurate 3D model of human anatomy for students, educators and health care practitioners. Primal Pictures' 3D anatomy software is widely adopted in education and it is used for patient, practitioner and student education in over 20 countries. In 2011, over half a million students will learn anatomy using Primal software. A&P Online recently won the British Medical Association's annual prize for the best digital resource.
ABOUT CONCORDE CAREER COLLEGES
Concorde Career Colleges, Inc. offers vocational career training programs in the healthcare field. Concorde operates campuses at 15 locations in seven states, including California, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas. Concorde's programs of study provide thousands of students with the knowledge and job skills needed to work in medical fields including nursing, respiratory, occupational and physical therapy, dental hygiene, pharmacy technician, medical office administration, surgical and radiologic technology and others. Ten campuses offer select associate degree programs.