Northwestern receives $120,000 Carver Trust grant to aid new master’s programs

Northwestern College has received $120,000 from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust for laboratory equipment that will be used by students in the college’s new physician assistant studies and athletic training master’s degree programs.

The funds will be used to purchase two virtual cadaver tables as well as supplies for the human cadaver lab. “There is growing evidence that using virtual cadavers in addition to traditional human cadavers results in improved student outcomes,” says Dr. Christina Hanson, director of the physician assistant program.

The six-foot virtual cadaver tables will provide students with a life-sized interactive display that can toggle between detailed anatomical drawings, captioned illustrations, and actual radiologic images (CT and MRI). Students will be able to conduct repeat virtual dissections and simulations before performing traditional dissections in the gross anatomy lab.

Hanson says, “Ultimately, our goal is to create an outstanding learning environment for our PA and AT students so they can provide standout medical care to patients in the communities they serve.”

“We’re pleased that a respected Iowa institution like the Carver Trust has signaled its support for our graduate-level health sciences programs with an investment of this size,” says Jay Wielenga, Northwestern’s vice president for advancement.

The Carver Trust was established by Iowan Roy J. Carver, an engineer and entrepreneurial industrialist, to support biomedical and scientific research, scholarships, and programs addressing the educational and recreational needs of youth.

Northwestern’s newest graduate programs are set to begin when the summer term starts in May. The athletic training program is still accepting applications for May 2020. The physician assistant studies program is full for this year, but applications for the next cohort, which starts in May 2021, will open April 30.