Project Lead the WayClasses in the Biomedical Science Academy are certified courses by Project Lead The Way, anationally recognized program. The national affiliate for Project Lead The Way (PLTW) isRochester Institute of Technology and our North Carolina affiliate is Duke University. PLTWprovides a comprehensive approach to STEM Education. Through activity-, project-, andproblem-based curriculum, PLTW gives students l a chance to apply what they know, identifyproblems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning. The Biomedical ScienceAcademy’s faculty are all certified instructors of Project Lead The Way.
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Biomedical Sciences Pathway
Students are required to take all three foundation courses.
- Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (PBS) Prerequisites: Biology or Honors Biology
- Students investigate various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. They determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine, and research processes. This course provides an overview of all the courses in the program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses. This course is designed for 9th or 10th grade students.
- Human Body Systems (HBS) Prerequisites: Principles of Biomedical Sciences, Biology or Honors Biology
- Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, 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 manikin, work through interesting real world cases and often play the roles of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries. This course is designed for 10th, 11th or 12th grade students.
- Medical Interventions (MI) Prerequisites: Principles of Biomedical Sciences, Human Body Systems, and Biology or Honors Biology
- Students investigate a variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the life of a fictitious family. The course is a “How-To” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body. Students explore how to prevent and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; prevent, diagnose and treat cancer; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through these scenarios, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. This course is designed for 11th or 12th grade students.
- Biomedical Technology I
- This course challenges students to investigate current medical and health care practices usingtechnology and advances in health care research. Topics include; ethics, forensic medicine,infectious diseases, organ transplants, cell biology and cancer, and biomedical research.
- Biomedical Technology II
- This course focuses on genetics, neurobiology, sleep disorder and biological rhythms, bioethics,the evolution of medicine, and use of technology to study cellular and molecular biology.
- Health Science I
- This course focuses on human anatomy, physiology and human body diseases and disorders,and biomedical therapies. Students will learn about health care careers within the context ofhuman body systems. Projects, teamwork, and demonstrations serve as instructional strategiesthroughout the curriculum.
- Health Science II
- This course is designed to help students expand their understanding of financing and trends ofhealth care agencies, fundamentals of wellness, legal and ethical issues, concepts of teamwork,and effective communication. Students will learn health care skills, including current CPR andfirst aid training.
Students are required to take Capstone Course their senior year.
- Biomedical Innovation (BI)
- Students design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century. 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 with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, research institution, or the biomedical industry. Throughout the course, students are expected to present their work to an audience of STEM professionals. This course is designed for 12th grade students.
- Academy Internship
- Students complete 135 hour minimum internship in a biomedical, biotechnical or similar field of study prior to their graduation. This is a required to graduate from the academy. An internship prepares students to be college and career ready at a professional level. It improves their time management, prioritization, business ethics, conversation through professional emails, trainings and meeting etiquette. Typically completed during their summer break between their junior and senior year or can be completed as a course during their senior year, preferably fall semester before college applications.