The annual shipment of cadavers to Presentation College arrived July 6.
The cadavers, used by the college's allied health department for dissection and learning about human anatomy, were purchased from the University of Iowa, said Trisha Waldman, department chairwoman for allied health.
She said working with cadavers is a good hands-on experience for students, who are mostly health care majors.
"Our philosophy is if you're going to work off the human body, your best bet is to work on a human body," Waldman said.
While the department receives one male and one female cadaver each year, it is unknown how they died until they arrive, Waldman said.
The man, 81, died of congestive heart failure, and the woman, 79, died of lung cancer, Waldman said.
The congestive heart failure is common, but it is the first time the department has had a cadaver who died of cancer, Waldman said.
Students will begin working with the cadavers about three weeks into the fall semester, she said.