Anatomy Lab Center

Explore Human Anatomy in NOVA's Anatomy Lab!

Our Anatomy Lab offers a distinctive, hands-on experience, emphasizing kinesthetic learning for students across various levels, health programs, and educational pursuits. Utilizing a fully preserved human cadaver and organs from our pathology collection, these teaching tools provide an unparalleled learning experience.

Key Features:

  • Real Human Cadaver: Engage with a fully-preserved, previously-dissected human cadaver.
  • Pathology Collection: Explore organs from our pathology collection.
  • Customizable Sessions: Tailor cadaver labs to focus on specific learning objectives or emphasize particular student knowledge outcomes.
  • Enhanced Learning: Designed to complement lessons from previous classes.

Embark on an educational journey that brings anatomy to life! For customized sessions or more information, reach out to our dedicated team.

Reserve the Lab

Gross Anatomy Lab Policies

For invoicing and payment, contact our department at or 703.822.6527.

Scheduling a Visit:

  • Complete the request form with possible dates.
  • Sessions are 1½ to 2 hours long; two back-to-back sessions allowed for large groups.
  • Cost: $25 per person (cash discouraged).
  • Minimum group size: 12; maximum: 20.
  • Invoice sent based on expected group size; payment due before the lab session.

Attire and Protocol:

  • Universal lab protocol: pants (no shorts), layered clothing, closed-toed shoes (no sandals).
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes; students will stand during the entire lab.

Respect and Conduct:

  • No photos allowed; utmost respect for anatomical donors.
  • Inappropriate behavior, comments, or images are unacceptable.
  • No cell phones, cameras, or digital recording in the lab.

Participant Criteria:

  • Cadaver lab sessions for high school juniors and seniors ONLY.
  • Appropriate classes include AP Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Sports Medicine, EMT, Forensic Medicine, Allied Health, Pre-Nursing, etc.

Lecture and Participation:

  • Lecture to reinforce lessons by primary instructors.
  • Informal presentation with encouraged student questions and involvement.
  • Optional activity/field trip; not mandatory for students.
  • Immature or inappropriate students may be removed; repeated issues may lead to future group restrictions.

Preparation and Health:

  • Students must eat adequately before the lab and bring a significant snack for after-school sessions.
  • Dangerous practice: an empty stomach does not help with queasiness, especially for high schoolers.
  • Teachers are responsible for ensuring food intake.

For more details or assistance, reach out to our department at or 703.822.6527.