YEAR ONE COURSES:
Principles of Biomedical Science
(PBS) provides an introduction to biomedical science through exciting hands-on projects and problems. Students investigate concepts of biology and medicine as they explore health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. Students determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional woman as they sequentially piece together evidence found in her medical history and her autopsy report. Students investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the woman’s life and demonstrate how the development of the disease is related to changes in human body systems.
Human Body Systems
In the Human Body Systems (HBS) course, students examine the interactions of body systems as they explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection and homeostasis. Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of the human body and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions, such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal model, perform 4 organ dissections, work through interesting real-world cases, and play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.
YEAR TWO COURSES:
Students follow the life of a fictitious family as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Students explore how to detect and fight infection, screen and evaluate the code in human DNA, evaluate cancer treatment options, and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through real-world cases, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics.
In the final course of the PLTW Biomedical Science sequence, students build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses to design innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century. Students address topics ranging from public health and biomedical engineering to clinical medicine and physiology. They have the opportunity to work on an independent project with a mentor or advisor from a university, medical facility, or research institution.
- Aseptic technique
- Bacterial plating and identification
- Gram staining
- DNA gel electrophoresis
- Blood Pressure measurement and analysis
- EKG analysis
- Pedigree analysis
- Bloodwork analysis
- EMG analysis
- Visual perception testing
- Ankle Brachial Index
- Blood Typing