PLTW Bio-Medical

Course Description

This rigorous curriculum uses activities, projects, and problems to expose students to Biomedical Science content and careers. From the moment students walk into the classroom, they are immersed in a crime scene investigation.

Project-Based Learning Activities:
• Anatomy in Clay
• Crime Scene Analysis (Fingerprints, Bite Mark, Blood Splatter, Pharmaceuticals)
• Blood & Urine Testing
• DNA Testing
• Food Testing
• Sensors (EKG, Hand-Grip, Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, Respiration, Lung Capacity, Hand Strength)
• Build Models (DNA, Pumps, Viruses, Neuron Key Chain, Prosthetic Limbs)
• Lab Tests (Diabetes, Sickle Cell, Cholesterol, Your Genes)
• Job Shadowing Opportunities



For Parents

5218 PLTW Principles of the Biomedical Sciences provides an introduction to this field through “hands-on” projects and problems. Student work involves the study of human medicine, research processes and an introduction to bioinformatics. Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. 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 included in the curriculum are: homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedback systems, and defense against disease. Engineering principles such as the design process, feedback loops, fluid dynamics, and the relationship of structure to function will be included where appropriate. The course is designed to provide an overview of all courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and to lay the scientific foundation necessary for student success in the subsequent courses.

5216 PLTW Human Body Systems is a course designed to engage students in the study of basic human physiology and the care and maintenance required to support the complex systems. Using a focus on human health, students will employ a variety of monitors to examine body systems (respiratory, circulatory, and nervous) at rest and under stress, and observe the interactions between the various body systems. Students will use appropriate software to design and build systems to monitor body functions.

5276 Anatomy & Physiology is a course in which students investigate concepts related to Health Science, with emphasis on interdependence of systems and contributions of each system to the maintenance of a healthy body. Introduces students to the cell, which is the basic structural and functional united of all organisms, and covers tissues, integument, skeleton, muscular and nervous systems as an integrated unit. Through instruction, including laboratory activities, students apply concepts associated with Human Anatomy & Physiology. Students will understand the structure, organization and function of the various components of the healthy body in order to apply this knowledge in all health related fields.

5217 PLTW Medical Interventions is a course that studies medical practices including interventions to support humans in treating disease and maintaining health. Using a project-based learning approach, students will investigate various medical interventions that extend and improve quality of life, including gene therapy, pharmacology, surgery, prosthetics, rehabilitation, and supportive care. Students will also study the design and development of various interventions including vascular stents, cochlear implants, and prosthetic limbs. Lessons will cover the history of organ transplants and gene therapy with additional readings from current scientific literature addressing cutting edge developments. Using 3-D imaging software, students will design and build a model of a therapeutic protein.

5219 PLTW Biomedical Innovation is a capstone course designed to give students the opportunity to design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century as they work through progressively challenging open-ended problems, addressing topics such as clinical medicine, physiology, biomedical engineering, and public health. They have the opportunity to work on an independent project and may work with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, physician’s office, or industry. Throughout the course, students are expected to present their work to an adult audience that may include representatives from the local business and healthcare community.

High School Credits

4 credits per semester, Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas





First Aid & CPR - American Heart Association

College Credit

Accrediting Institution



College Credit Information

BIOL 10011 - Principles of Biomedical Science
BIOL 10012 - Human Body 
BIOL 10013 - Medical Interventions
BIOL 10014 - Biomedical Innovation

Potential Careers/Salary

Biomedical Engineer - $85,620 per year
Medical Services Manager - $96,540 per year
Medical Scientist - $80,530 per year
Occupational Therapist - $81,910 per year
Radiologic Technologist - $58,960 per year
Registered Nurse - $68,450 per year
Physical Therapist - $85,400 per year 
Physician’s Assistant - $101,480 per year
Physician/Surgeon - $208,000 per year
Nurse Practitioner - $107,460 per year

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet at (visited March 10, 2018).

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