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Biomedical & Life Sciences

Innovating solutions in healthcare

Biomedical Science is at the heart of medical breakthroughs in healthcare. It sits in the intersection of science and healthcare. While broad in scope, it offers the students opportunity to explore various pathways, which makes it the best gateway to a myriad of highly in-demand medical, science and health careers.

In the STEM Biomedical Program: students are immersed in activities like practicing suturing and constructing body structures from clay. The program empowers students to build foundational knowledge and technical skills in biomedical science, as well as in-demand, transportable skills like problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, and collaboration.


Principles of Biomedical Science (Year 1)

In the introductory course of the PLTW Biomedical Science program, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person. While investigating the case, students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes while allowing them to design their own experiments to solve problems.


Human Body Systems (Year 2)

Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal Maniken®; use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration; and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases.


Medical Interventions (Year 3)

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.


Biomedical Innovation (Year 4)

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 design project with a mentor or advisor from a university, medical facility, or research institution.


Career Pathways

  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Pharmacist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Medical Assistant
  • Physical Engineer
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Medical Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Physicians Assistant
  • Forensics Technologist/Scientist
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Health Care Manager/Director
  • Public Health Researcher