Biomedical Sciences Academy
Biomedical Sciences Academy

  • Design, conduct, and analyze a wide range of scientific experiments to solve medical mysteries

  • Connect learning to life by stepping into the roles of biomedical science professionals

  • Experience hands-on activities in forensic science, anatomy, cell biology, disease research, organic chemistry, medical technology, environmental science, and genetic engineering  

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Biomedical Sciences Academy Career Tree:

Biomedical Sciences Academy Career Tree

Biomedical Sciences Academy Sequence of Courses:

PLTW Academy Courses
Career Exploration
Career Preparation Career Preparation Career Training
 PLTW Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PBS)
(1 credit)
PLTW Human Body Systems (HBS)
(1 credit) 
PLTW Medical Interventions (MI)
(1 credit) 
PLTW Biomedical Innovations (BI)
(1 credit)
Alternative Certification Course 
Suggested Science   PreAP Biology PreAP Chemistry   AP Biology or
AP Chemistry 
 AP Physics I,
Advanced Animal Science,
Anatomy and Physiology, or
Forensic Science

Biomedical Sciences Academy Courses:

Principles of Biomedical Sciences (9th grade)
You will determine what led to the death of a fictional person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged their life. The activities and projects help you explore human physiology, medicine, research processes and bioinformatics. You will learn about homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, and defense against diseases.

Human Body Systems (10th grade)
Anatomy and Physiology course on steroids!! Explore the human body in action, while you build organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real-world cases, and play the role of many biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.

Medical Interventions (11th grade)
Explore how to detect and fight infections, screen and evaluate human DNA, and evaluate cancer treatment options. Explore and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. You will work with actual medical cases and explore immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics.

Biomedical Innovations (12th grade)
Utilize the skills from the previous three years to design solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century. You will explore public health and environmental health. During the Spring semester, you will have an opportunity to intern one-on-one with a professional in your field of choice to explore more before pursuing it further.

Certifications: Basic Life Support Certification (BLS)

What type of student should take these course?
Biomedical Sciences is a pathway for extremely serious students that are academically driven and want to be challenged as they explore biological sciences. They must be devoted, willing to grow in understanding and have a thirst for knowledge. The student will have to be a hard worker and continue to question until they gain clarity concerning concepts and topics. They must be prepared to advance steadily through the program and embrace challenges and rigor. Academy students are respectful and love to problem solve and to work tirelessly toward the single minded goal of understanding and then contributing to the biomedical world we live in.

Careers Related to Biomedical Sciences Academy:

  • Microbiologist
  • Oncologist
  • Medical Researcher
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Registered Nurse
  • Surgeon
  • Forensic Anthropologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Toxicologist
  • Occupational /Physical
  • Therapist
  • Radiologist
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Anesthesiologist

Additional Info:
Here is an overview of the skills gained in the FIRST year of the academy:

Laboratory Skills

  • Aseptic technique 
  • Bacterial plating and identification
  • Gram staining 
  • Micropipetting
  • DNA gel electrophoresis 

Clinical Skills

  • Blood pressure measurement and analysis
  • EKG analysis
  • Pedigree analysis 
  • Bloodwork analysis 

Equipment and Software Proficiencies

  • Vernier probes and sensors
  • Data acquisition Software
  • Microscope

Scientific Experimentation Skills

  • Design and conduct reliable scientific experiments
  • Analyze and interpret laboratory data
  • Construct graphs (by hand and using graphing software)
  • Interpolate and extrapolate data from a graph
  • Draw conclusions based on experimental data 
  • Thoroughly and clearly communicate results and conclusions both orally and in writing

Professional Skills

  • Group collaboration 
  • Planning and organizing 
  • Time management
  • Problem-solving
  • Technical writing
  • Verbal and written communication 
  • Decision-making
  • Creative thinking