Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (PLTW)

SCED Code: 14524
Suggested Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No
CTSO: HOSA-Future Health Professionals

In this specialization course for Project Lead the Way (PLTW), students are taught concepts of forensic inquiry, DNA and inheritance, and the function of human body systems, exploring the body through diseases, such as those leading to diabetes and heart, sickle cell, and infectious diseases. Students also explore medical interventions, postmortem examination, bioprocessing, bioinformatics, and concepts of microbiology and genetic engineering. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

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Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Biotechnology Research and Development
  • Biochemist
  • Cell Biologist
  • Medical, Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Research Assistant
Diagnostic Services
  • Cardiovascular Technologist
  • Computer Tomography (CT) Technologist
  • Medical, Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical, Clinical Laboratory Technologist
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Phlebotomist
  • Radiologic Technologist, Radiographer
  • Radiologist
Support Services
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Communications Equipment Operator
  • Data Entry Specialist
  • Environmental Sampling and Analysis Technician
  • Food Service Worker
  • Front Office Assistant
  • Materials Manager
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Medical, Clinical Laboratory Technologist
  • Records Processing Assistant
Therapeutic Services
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Audiologist
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Dental Assistant
  • Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Home Health Aide
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist Aide
  • Optician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Surgeon
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Veterinary Technologist

Pathway Occupation
Emergency & Fire Management Services
  • Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic

Pathway Occupation
Engineering & Technology
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Human Factors Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
Science & Mathematics
  • Biologist
  • Materials Scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Research Chemist

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