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2 - 4 Semesters 
Pathway Title   Biotechnology 
High School Courses  Principles of Biomedical Sciences
Human Body Systems
Medical Interventions
Biomedical Innovations 
College Credits  A. PLTW Articulation Agreements with certain college/Universities or
B. Indiana University Credits 
Industry Certifications  PBS End of Course Assessment
HBS End of Course Assessment
MI End of Course Assessment 
Exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic related career fields  Students enrolled in Biomedical Innovations will participate in an internship and a community service project to be presented to a panel of STEM professionals from the local community 

What will I be learning in this college/career pathway?
The program curriculum is divided into a sequence of four courses taken during the student's junior and senior year.
Junior Year/First-year Courses:
  • Principles of the Biomedical Science (PBS)
  • Human Body Systems (HBS)
Senior Year/Second-year Courses:
  • Medical Interventions (MI)
  • Biomedical Innovations (BI)
First-year students investigate a mysterious death and later discover the remains of some unknown skeletons. The adventure leads into various career fields as students conduct research and hands-on activities simulating the work professionals do every day in various occupations, such as Medical Examiner, Morgue Assistant, EMT, Toxicologist, Forensic DNA Analyst, Biochemist, Physician, Nurse, Lab Technician, and many, many other career fields. Students gain research and design presentation skills while perfecting hands-on lab experiment techniques. One project completed by students is the building of organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin. Accomplishments will also include learning about biology, engineering, anatomy, and physiology knowledge as you work through the process of solving the mystery.
Second-year students return to research an extended family with multiple health problems. Medical interventions includes ore in depth labs as students learn about their own DNA coding, create experiments to diagnose and treat skin cancer, design a prosthetic arm, and learn how medical drugs are created. These are just a few examples. While in Biomedical Innovations semester, students create their own full scale research project. They finish the class with CPR certification, practice being a surgeon by practicing sutures and simulated laparoscopic skills, and finally complete an autopsy on a fetal pig to discover the cause of death.
Who should enroll in the PLTW Biomedical Program?
  • The only requirement is that a student has taken Biology and earned a grade of "C" or better. This class is open to any student who likes hands-on learning.
  • Any student who wants a unique classroom experience were learning occurs based on real-life scenarios analyzed and solved through hands-on activities utilizing computer technology, research experiments, microscope labs, EKG equipment, Electrophoresis, Biofeedback, O2/CO2 lung detection, audiology test equipment, and other technology devices. Just like in the real world, student will work in groups or with a partner to solve various medical or health related issues as they learn research,analysis, and test application skills.
  • If you are looking for a class where you can experience a wide variety of career occupations in the fields of medicine, health care, forensic science, research, pharmacology, genetics, agriculture, animal science, then the Biomedical class is a good option for you!
What career options will this program prepare me to pursue?
What carer options will this program prepare me to pursue?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that jobs in the biomedical field grow about 24% between 2008 and 2018. The aging of the population and a growing focus on health issues will drive demand for more careers in this field.

 National Annual Salary
Biomedical Equipment Technician $44,490 Associates Degree
EKG Technician $49,410 Associates Degree
Lab Techician $37,240 Associates Degree
Mortuary Assistant $38,000 Associates Degree
Radiologist $64,380 Associates Degree
Physical Therapist $79,760 Doctoral
Medical Doctor $164,400+ Doctoral
Pharmacists $111,570 Doctoral
Veterinarian $86,460 Doctoral
Forensic Pathologist $61,600 Masters or Doctoral
Nutritionist $53,250 Bachelors
Biochemists or Biophysicists $79,390 Masters or Doctoral

Biomedical Course Outline