Date of Award


Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Cynthia Schmidt, PhD

Project Team Faculty Member

Adam Schneider, DNP, CRNA, NSPM-C

Project Team Faculty Member

Leah Baecht, DNP, CRNA


Virtual Dissection, Dissection Table, Cadaver, Nurse Anesthesia, Anatomy Education, Anatomage


Anatomy and physiology (A&P) courses are the foundation of anesthesia training. Student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) must be A&P experts as they perform clinical skills for the first time. Traditionally, cadaver dissection has been used to enhance comprehension of A&P. However, not all facilities can allocate the time, space, or financial resources for cadaver dissection within their programs of study, especially at institutions that lie outside of major medical centers. Despite the presence of a virtual cadaver at a nurse anesthesia program in the Midwest, its introduction to SRNAs as a resource had not been fully employed. The goals of this project were to further integrate virtual cadaver dissection into the nurse anesthesia curriculum and assess student perceptions.

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