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Student Success Center Introduces New Way to Study Anatomy & Physiology Using Virtual Reality

New resource available to DMC students just in time for spring finals; 3D Organon platform and Facebook goggles take studying A&P and other uses to whole new level

Article by Melinda Eddleman

Imagine stepping into a world of virtual reality, only it’s not a game but the human body. The latest technology offered by Del Mar College’s Student Success Center does just that, giving students another resource that assists them with learning the most intricate parts of human anatomy and physiology (A&P).

The Student Success Center is always looking to deliver education in new, innovative ways; and a student’s learning capability is enhanced within the realm of virtual reality as the capacity of what is possible using this resource is near limitless.  Using virtual reality to study the human body means learning in ways that are simply not possible by studying textbooks or A&P models.

Omar Villarreal, DMC Student Success Center Director
Omar Villarreal demonstrating virtual reality technology

On average per semester, the Student Success Center serves 600 students taking A&P courses as they prepare to enter programs with the College’s Nurse Education, Allied Health or Dental & Imaging  Departments. They now have the new virtual reality resource to help them succeed in those courses.

The Center now has five Oculus Meta Quest 2 virtual reality headsets, which were $400 each. Additionally, the A&P software used for study is the 3D Organon Platform, which cost $500 per headset for a total investment of $4,500 for all of the technology combined.

3D Organon is a medical and healthcare education platform for teaching and learning anatomy. With life-like anatomy models within immersive environments and an extensive knowledge base of anatomical definitions translated into 16 languages, it transforms the challenging subject of medical anatomy into concrete knowledge readily applied even to clinical practice. 

The College’s Student Success Center provides students with facilities, resources and services designed to enhance learning, including peer tutoring, workshops and seminars, along with technology to assist them to succeed. 

Information about the Student Success Center is available at delmar.edu/offices/ssc/. The Center is located in Room 111 of the St. Clair Bldg. on the Heritage Campus (101 Baldwin Blvd, 78404). Get online directions and campus map.

The future is now, it’s virtual and it’s here at the Student Success Center,” Villarreal says. 


Learn more about this virtual reality study tool by watching the CRO Digital Services-produced video below:

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