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The Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences

Located on the Marian University campus, the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences spans over 140,000 square feet, and houses classrooms, two large lecture halls, a chapel, office spaces, skills labs, mock clinic exam rooms, and simulation, manipulation, anesthesia, biochemistry, and anatomy laboratories across its four-story structure. 

The building brings a modern flare to MU’s traditional architecture while creating a strong new visual presence. Our university’s strong Catholic values are portrayed through various visual displays, including the spiritual three-story stained glass “lantern” which anchors the corner of campus to the community. Other art installations include a two-story gleaming white relief mural of St. Francis with lepers, a macro-view of the double helix in the floor tiles from one end of the building to the other, and ceramic art panels depicting the four Franciscan Values.

The Evans Center facility was honored at the 2014 Indianapolis Monumental Awards for Merit in Architecture.

Designed by the Indianapolis-based architectural firms Schmidt Associates and BSA LifeStructures, the building adheres to the LEED Gold standards, a globally acknowledged green building certification system formulated by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Sustainable Features Include:

  • A reflective white roof to minimize heat absorption
  • Rain gardens for effective stormwater management
  • Bike racks to encourage eco-friendly transportation
  • Building materials strongly emphasize recycled sources

Additionally, the demolition of pre-existing structures on the site was carried out to maximize the recovery and recycling of materials, including chapel furnishings made from trees harvested on-site.

Browning Anatomy Lab

This anatomy lab is equipped with 20 cadaveric dissection stations, complete with computer terminals, a mobile teaching station, wall-mounted monitors, and a mortuary station. It offers students access to a wealth of resources including virtual dissection materials, live-streamed demonstrations, anatomic models, atlases, and photographs to complement their hands-on learning. 

For student convenience, there are lockers and showers available for use next to the lab. The anatomy lab is compliant with high levels of safety standards and implements a key-card security system to regulate access. Students are granted 24/7 entry for both scheduled sessions and individual study.

The dissection-based anatomy teaching methodology employed in the lab emphasizes a clinical focus, encouraging a deep understanding of anatomical structure and function. This hands-on approach allows students to appreciate the diversity and uniqueness of human anatomy, surpassing theoretical knowledge. 

Donors are preserved and well-maintained and are available to students at 8:1 student-to-donor ratio. Students have designated stations and work in small groups of four per donor.

Hill-Rom Simulation Center

Encompassing ten examination rooms, four simulation labs with adjoining debriefing rooms, and dual control rooms, the Hill-Rom Simulation Center is a hub for immersive, risk-free clinical training. 

From your first year, medical students engage in early clinical education, sharpening their patient care and clinical skills within realistic settings. The center utilizes a mix of standardized patients, human patient simulations, and computerized scenarios with high-fidelity adult and child mannequins to ensure a comprehensive training experience.

As medical professionals, there may always be unforeseen circumstances, no matter how prepared students are to go into the field. We emphasize foundational training to equip our students with the ability to adeptly manage such unforeseen challenges. Our program places a strong emphasis on the humanistic aspects of medical education—nurturing kind, compassionate communicators who excel in patient interaction.

The simulation center is designed to provide space, equipment, resources, and a team that can safely simulate learning experiences common to hospital and clinical settings. There are cameras recording the space for students and faculty to review and analyze performances.

This immersive environment allows students to practice handling patient interactions and clinical situations well before clinical rotations begin. Students will participate in Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) with standardized patients (actors) for further practical experience.

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Research Labs


Marian University fosters a personalized and hands-on learning environment for medical students, with a strong emphasis on mentorship and collaborative research. The university’s faculty is dedicated to guiding students through their medical journey, offering individualized support, and matching you with laboratories that suit your interests. Our unique open-concept labs encourage collaborative learning and provide ample opportunities for students to engage in diverse research topics.

The university’s science laboratories are housed in Marian Hall and the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, each offering state-of-the-art facilities tailored for different scientific practices. Marian Hall hosts a 2,540-square-foot open-concept lab with dedicated spaces for Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS), tissue culture, microscopy, and student workspace. The Evans Center's 1,600-square-foot lab is equipped for modern cell and molecular biology including incubators, biosafety cabinets, specimen storage, etc., and is a BSL-1 facility. 

Additionally, the university has access to leased lab space at the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI), enhancing collaborative opportunities with local institutions, providing access to specialized equipment and facilities, and enriching the overall educational and research experience for the Marian University community. This strategic partnership with IBRI, as well as its proximity to the Indiana University School of Medicine, further broadens the resources available to students and faculty, promoting an enriching and immersive learning environment.


Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Lab

In the OMM lab, experienced faculty, local practitioners, and select second-year students serve as table trainers, offering personalized instruction and mentorship to small groups of students. Students hone their skills through practical sessions, always upholding professionalism and respect. This setup ensures an in-depth and focused learning experience, enabling students to grasp the nuances of bodily motions and analyze specific responses within the entire range of vertebral movements.

While not all DO students may choose to specialize in OMM, the osteopathic perspective enriches their medical practice across various fields. This approach may contribute to our high residency match rate, as preceptors notice the distinct difference in our students' patient care. The OMM lab spans approximately 4200 sq. ft., featuring 40 tables and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment that allows for simultaneous display of presentations and live camera feeds. All lab sessions are recorded and accessible to students on the Canvas platform, ensuring a comprehensive and accessible learning environment.


Library Resources

MU-COM uses an online medical library, providing access to over 1,000 biomedical journals, hundreds of e-books, and many specialty databases. There is also a medical librarian to provide guidance to our students, faculty, and staff.

Although there is no physical medical library located on campus, the university is home to the Mother Theresa Hackelmeier Memorial Library, offering a number of hard copy journals and biomedical publications.

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