BLOOMINGTON — Illinois Wesleyan University's School of Nursing has received a $100,000 grant to purchase a virtual dissection table with an extended digital library.
The table will be used primarily by first-year nursing students to improve their hands-on anatomy education.
Faculty and staff will receive training on the Anatomage 3D Medical Imaging Table Convertible in May and August and students will begin using the technology in the fall, said John Twork, IWU assistant director of communications.
IWU announced the grant on Friday.
The grant, from the Illinois Board of Higher Education Nursing School Grant Program, is awarded to high-performing nursing schools that agree to expand their capacity to increase the number of students preparing for careers as registered nurses. The grant supports School of Nursing efforts to recruit and retain first-year nursing students to expand the number of nurses.
"The School of Nursing and the biology department are excited to strengthen our partnership to meet the learning needs of first-year students," said Victoria Folse, the Caroline F. Rupert chair of nursing and director of the IWU School of Nursing.
Because the School of Nursing accepts first-year students, freshmen are challenged with anatomy and physiology prerequisite courses during their first two semesters.
Nursing students will begin using the Anatomage table to assist with their hands-on learning during their first year.