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PLTW Biomedical Science Courses (9-12)

Prepare Students for the Health Professions of the Future with PLTW's High School Biomedical Science Curriculum

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Inspire Future Health Professionals Today

Today's students report a greater interest in health professions than nearly any other discipline. Prepare them for the future they want - and inspire them to make a difference - with classes that go beyond biology and chemistry.

PLTW Biomedical Science applies real-world issues by exploring topics like disease, DNA analysis, prosthetic design, public health, and more. Along the way, students gain experience with state-of-the-art tools and techniques that are used by professionals in hospitals and labs every day.

Teach the in-demand knowledge and skills students will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.

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“We often have a lot of graduates come back from the Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science program to talk with our students and our families, and they talk about college readiness. They say, ‘We feel that we've been truly prepared for the rigor of college.’”

- Tina Rivera, Principal Academy of Information, Technology and Engineering, Stamford, CT

As a senior in high school, I've been going around looking at all these different colleges, and walking through the biology departments, and I will be with my parents and I will look up at the walls and see all these posters about their human physiology experiments. I can look at my parents and point up there and whisper to them, ‘I can do that. I've done that before.

- Ben Moreno, PLTW Biomedical Science Student Health & Science High School | Beaverton, OR

[PLTW] has hands-down made me a better teacher. It has made me a better learner. They do labs that I did not do until I was in graduate school. So, I've had to step my game up as an educator, and I'm excited about teaching again.

- Lindsay Hall, PLTW Outstanding Biomedical Science Teacher Eufaula High School, Eufaula, AL

Prepare Today's Students for Tomorrow's Careers

Develop College and Career Readiness

Prepare students today for the roles they want and the reality they will face in college and beyond.

Teach with Professional Tools and Techniques

Inspire deeper learning with real-world experiences using the same tools used by medical professionals in hospitals and labs.

Build In-Demand Skills

Equip students to succeed by practicing skills like collaboration, teamwork, and communication in the classroom.

Download the PLTW High School Evidence Paper

PLTW is committed to preparing students for lasting careers by making a difference in the classroom with hands-on and relevant experiences. To learn more about our position on animal dissections and ethics in science, please read our full statement here.

Explore PLTW High School Biomedical Science Courses

By immersing students in activities like practicing suturing and constructing body structures from clay, PLTW Biomedical Science empowers students to build knowledge and 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

From design and data analysis to outbreaks, clinical empathy, health promotion, and more, students explore the vast range of careers in biomedical sciences. They develop not just technical skills, but also in-demand, transportable skills that they need to thrive in life and career.

Human Body Systems

Through projects such as determining the identity of a skeleton using both forensic anthropology and DNA analysis, students examine the interactions of human body systems and apply what they know to solve real-world medical cases.

Medical Interventions

Students delve into activities like designing a prosthetic arm as they follow the life of a fictitious family and investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease.

Biomedical Innovation

Students build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses to design their own innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century.

We offer more than STEM curricula. PLTW schools and students are set up for long-term success.

Dynamic and Meaningful Professional Development for Teachers

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Assessments Designed to Mirror PLTW’s Transformative Learning Experience

Using innovative, inquiry-based items, PLTW’s redesigned Assessments measure a broader range of knowledge, skills, and cognitive abilities, and deliver a dynamic experience that is authentic to the learning environment of the PLTW classroom.

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Provide your high school students with access to real-world, applied learning experiences that empower them to gain the skills they need to thrive in college, career, and beyond.

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