Biomedical Investigations


2 - 4 Semesters 
Pathway Title   Biotechnology 
High School Courses  Principles of Biomedical Sciences
Human Body Systems
Medical Interventions
Biomedical Innovations 
College Credits  Human Body Systems and Biomedical Interventions
Industry Certifications  CPR / First Aid
Exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics related career fields  All students will complete a job shadowing experience in the research, biomedical, or health career related fields. Biomedical Innovations students will complete a service learning project that they must present to a panel of STEM professionals.

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 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
Lab Technician $37,640 avg. Associate's Degree
Bioinformatics Technician $38,050 avg. Associate's Degree
Health Technologist $44,150 avg. Associate's Degree
Forensic Technician $54,190 avg. Associate's Degree
Dietitian / Nutritionist $55,680 avg. Bachelor's Degree
Biostatistician $67,400 avg. Bachelor's Degree
Biomedical Engineer $78,710 avg. Bachelor's Degree
Pharmacist $116,730 avg. Master's or Doctoral Degree
Medical Doctor $184,650 avg. Doctoral Degree
Pathologist $229,120 avg. Doctoral Degree