Human Anatomy Learning Center

Human Anatomy Learning Center

Human Anatomy Learning Center (HALC) is a multifaceted learning lab that allows students with different learning styles to achieve course outcomes through hands-on learning activities.

The HALC facilitates high quality experiences using a human cadaver laboratory, Anatomage table, skeletal models, organ system models and Anatomy in Clay® learning system.

Learning activities are developed in collaboration between program Faculty and HALC Coordinator. They can include; prosection (demonstration of anatomic structures), identification of anatomical structures, sculpting muscles/organs in clay, and application to clinical practice. Using a variety of teaching modalities can enhance the student’s understanding and retention of information that they have learned in the classroom.

Understanding anatomy is fundamental and forms the foundation for health care professions. PCC’s approach to anatomy education is truly unique as our students explore anatomy from all angles. In cadaver dissection the approach is from superficial to deep. Anatomy in Clay® literally puts anatomy in the hands of the learner with a deep to superficial approach. The Anatomage table allows the learner to easily go back and forth between layers. The end result is a solid understanding of anatomical structures and physiological principles.

Resources available in HALC

Anatomage Table

The Anatomage Table is the only fully segmented real human 3D anatomy system. Users can visualize anatomy as individual structures are reconstructed in accurate 3D, resulting in an unprecedented level of real accurate anatomy. Anatomy is presented as a fully interactive, life-sized touch screen experience, in operatory bed form. The Table allows for exploration and learning of human anatomy.


  • 4 articulated skeletons
  • 3 disarticulated skeletons
  • 3 colored disarticulating skull models
  • Organ system models: Nervous (includes several brain models, cranial & autonomic nerves and special senses: Eye and Ear), digestive (includes biliary system), urinary, reproductive, respiratory (includes larynx), integumentary, cardiovascular
  • Pathology models: lumbar vertebrae, liver, kidney, esophagus, colon, pancreas, skin with burns
  • Muscular system models: torso, head and neck, face, arm and hand, thigh, leg and foot, 2 whole body models.
  • Human development models

Anatomy in Clay®

Students build various anatomic structures using scaled-down skeletons which allow them to see and touch the physical evidence as they sculpt muscles, tendons, nerves and blood vessels. The body is built from the inside out as anatomical structures are explored by hand with clay in a realistic three-dimensional perspective. Learning is enhanced because of the interactive, kinesthetic experience. Research over the last 10 years has found that this learning system represents a "best practices" application of anatomy education.

What we have learned using Anatomy in Clay®:

  • Students test better compared to other teaching methods
  • Retention of content improves.
  • Learning becomes fun.
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