Human Anatomy and Physiology Summer Science Enrichment Program

Interested in Health Professions? Want to enhance your science background? Ready for an immersive, hands-on science experience?

Human Anatomy and Physiology Exploration of Structure and Function Summer Science Enrichment Program
July 15-20, 2019

Program Overview
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students around anatomy table

Program overview

Anatomy Lab Date and Time: July 15-19, 2019 (Mon. - Fri.) from 8:30am – 4:30pm (with optional opportunities from 4:30pm -5:30pm) and Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 8:30am - 12pm

Location: Sacred Heart University, Center for Healthcare Education, 4000 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604

Cost and Payment: 
Pay Application Fee: $50 
Pay Reserve Deposit: $750
Pay Final Payment: $700

Instructors:  Nicole D. Chiravuri, Ph.D. and Paul A. Ullucci, Jr., Ph.D.

Audience: The program is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who have completed a biology course and are interested in gaining in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. This commuter camp is ideal for area students interested in exploring medicine and other health professions.

Supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Nursing and the College of Health Professions.

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Program description

nursing studentsFor one exciting week, Sacred Heart University will open its doors to share the latest in healthcare educational technology with high school students in an immersive, hands-on program. The new, state-of-the-art Center for Healthcare Education offers simulation laboratories, a life-size virtual anatomy table, a cadaver/pro-section laboratory, and a fully equipped anatomy laboratory with an extensive collection of models and specimens.

Anatomy and physiology are the foundation of all health professions. Give yourself a head start! The curriculum will introduce the anatomy (structure), physiology (function) and pathology (disease) of the cardiovascular and neurologic systems through case studies, clinical simulation, modeling and dissection. Students will learn and practice real skills of cardiovascular monitoring and intervention, as well as the physical exam.

Experience the science of the human body and enjoy a taste of the college experience.

Be a part of tomorrow!

How to apply

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Application review begins February 1

Typical daily schedule

Anatomage8:30am: Students arrive at the College of Health Professions

8:45am: Morning briefing

9:00am: Investigation 1 - Modeling the Cardiovascular System

10:15am: Snack Break

10:30am: Lecture: Physiology & Pathology of the Cardiovascular System

12:00pm: Lunch Break

1:00pm: Investigation 2: Clinical Monitoring and Diagnosis

2:15pm: Investigation 3: Dissection Laboratory

3:15pm: Snack Break

3:30pm: Application: Case Study  

4:30pm: Dismissal

4:30-5:30pm: Optional Opportunities Offered
College admissions counseling and assistance; Conversations with Sacred Heart Students studying in the Colleges of Health Professions and Nursing

Weekly features

  • CPR/AED Training and Certification  College of Health Professions anatomy simulation lab
  • Clinical simulation with hi-tech mannequins
  • Use real medical equipment- EKG, pulse oximeters
  • Dissection of animal specimens
  • Observation and pro-section of human cadavers


Nicole D. Chiravuri holds a Ph.D. in genetics from the Sackler School of Biomedical Science at Tufts University in Boston. Her research has been published in the Journal of Immunology. She has taught as an adjunct professor in the Biology Department at Sacred Heart University for more than four years, teaching Human Anatomy and Physiology to students from the College of Health Professions and the College of Nursing. Dr. Chiravuri has a keen interest in science and education, and has been engaged in teaching science to students of all ages. Along with her commitment to Sacred Heart University, Dr. Chiravuri has also volunteered extensively as an educator with the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Nature Explorers program, the Mill River Wetland Committee’s River Laboratory and at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Fairfield, CT.

Paul A. Ullucci, Jr. is a D.P.T. and holds a Ph.D. from Rocky Mountain University School of Health Professions. He joined the faculty of Sacred Heart University as an assistant professor in the department of Physical Therapy in the Fall of 2016. Currently he serves as the Director of the Human Anatomy Lab and Semester 1 Coordinator. His research interests focus on the evaluation and treatment of: upper cervical spine, concussion, whiplash injuries, chronic headache, TMJ, low back and pelvis as well as manual therapy. He has worked with numerous Olympic athletes as well as a number of professional football, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, baseball, rugby and mixed martial artists. He has worked directly for the Providence Bruins hockey club, Providence Anchors ABA team as well as the student athletes of Brown University, Providence College and a number of local high schools, club sports teams and youth organizations. He has traveled to Europe twice with the combined Brown and Dartmouth track and field teams and has acted as the medical director for a number of high profile skating and track and field competitions including the 2005 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships and the “East Coast Track and Field Invitational” in Bethesda, MD. Acting as a sports medicine content expert, Paul has been interviewed and quoted in numerous news media reports including radio, television, satellite radio, the Providence Journal, Weight Watchers Magazine and USA Today.

For more information

For more information, contact Professor Marilyn Moss at or 203-520-9950.

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