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Biomedical

Instructors

Career and Technical Student Organization 

SkillsUSA

Project Lead The Way - Biomedical

Program Pathway

Course Offerings


 

Intro to CTE (Career and Technical Education)

9th grade - .5 Practical Art credit

This course will be an introduction to career and technical education programs. Students will be exposed to computer science, health science, machining and manufacturing, agriculture, engineering, carpentry, criminal justice, and family and consumer sciences. This broad introduction class will help students find a program that perhaps they may choose as a career choice after high school.

ELL Intro to CTE (Career and Technical Education)

9th-12th grade - 1 Practical Art credit, Full year

This course will be an introduction to career and technical education programs. Students will be exposed to computer science, health science, machining and manufacturing, agriculture, engineering, carpentry, criminal justice, and family and consumer sciences. This broad introduction class will help students find a program that perhaps they may choose as a career choice after high school.

Principles of Biomedical Sciences

9th Grade (10th grade only with permission from instructor) – 1 Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: Interest in Medical Field, High grades in Math/Science. $10.00 fee for lab coat, safety glasses.

This course provides an introduction to the biomedical sciences through exciting “hands-on” projects and problems. Student work involves the study of human medicine, research processes, and an introduction to bio-informatics. Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious disease. A theme through the course is to determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person. After determining the factors responsible for the death, the students investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. Key biological concepts including: homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedback systems, and defense against disease are embedded in the curriculum. Engineering principles including: the design process, feedback loops, and the relationship of structure to function are incorporated in the curriculum where appropriate. The course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and to lay the scientific foundation necessary for student success in the subsequent courses.

Human Body Systems

10th Grade – 1 Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: Only open to students who have completed Principles of Biomedical Sciences with a 70% or better and a PBS End of Course exam score of 3 or better. $10.00 fee for lab coat, safety glasses.

Students will engage in the study of the processes, structures, and interactions of the human body systems. Important concepts in the course include: communication, transport of substances, locomotion, metabolic processes, defense, and protection. The central theme is how the body systems work together to maintain homeostasis and good health. The systems will be studied as “parts of a whole,” working together to keep the amazing human machine functioning at an optimal level. Students will design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of body systems, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary actions, and respiratory operation. Students will work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.

Medical Intervention

11th – 12th grade – 1 Practical Art credit

Prerequisites: Completion of prior PLTW Biomedical classes PBS and HBS with a 70% or better and HBS End of Course exam scores of 3 or better. $20 fee for lab coat, safety glasses and membership dues

Students investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. These interventions are showcased across the generations of the family and provide a look at the past, present, and future of biomedical science. 

Biomedical Innovation 

12th grade – 1 Practical Art credit

Prerequisites: prior PLTW Biomedical classes and/or Anatomy and Physiology. Also a Medical Intervention grade of  70% or better and MI End of Course exam score of 3 or better. $20.00 fee for lab coat, safety glasses and membership dues

In this capstone course students apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or to solve problems related to the biomedical sciences. Students will design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century.