Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science

Empower Tomorrow's Biomedical Science Professionals Today

Whether discovering new cancer treatments or teaching healthy lifestyle choices to their communities, today’s biomedical science professionals are tackling big challenges to make the world a better place.

PLTW Biomedical Science students are taking on these same real-world challenges – and they’re doing it before they even graduate from high school. Working with the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs, students engage in compelling, hands-on activities and work together to find solutions to problems. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.

Included courses:

Principles of Biomedical Science - Project Lead the Way

Grades 9-10 / 1 Credit

Students explore biology concepts through the study of human diseases. Students determine the factors that led to the deaths of fictional people, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged their lives. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine, and research projects. Students who meet Project Lead the Way (PLTW) end-of-course criteria may purchase optional college credit for this course. Prerequisite: None

Human Body Systems - Project Lead the Way

Grades 10-12 / 1 Credit

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 actions, 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. Prerequisite: Principles of Biomedical Science

Medical Interventions - Project Lead the Way

Grades 11-12 / 1 Credit

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. Prerequisite: Principles of Biomedical Science and Human Body Systems

Capstone: Biomedical Innovation - Project Lead the Way

Grade 12 / 1 Credit

Students will apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or solve problems related to the Biomedical Sciences. Students design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century as they work through progressively challenging open-ended problems, addressing topics such as clinical medicine, physiology, biomedical engineering, and public health. Students will complete a senior project and present them at our Senior Showcase which takes place in the spring. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their projects with parents and members of the local community. Prerequisite: Completion of PBS, HBS, and Ml

Enrollment in this program allows students the opportunity to join HOSA. HOSA is an international student organization that promotes career opportunities in the health care industry and enhances the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs or have interests in pursuing careers in health professions. For more information, visit