• Course Descriptions 


    PLTW Principles of Biomedical Sciences H 

    Grades: 9, 10, 11 

    Prerequisite: Algebra I

     Principles of Biomedical Sciences is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses. This course provides an introduction to the biomedical sciences through exciting hands-on projects and problems. Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine, research processes, and bioinformatics. Key biological concepts including homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, and defense against disease are embedded in the curriculum.

    PLTW Human Body Systems H 

    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 

    Prerequisite: PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science H

    Human Body Systems is a foundation course for the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Sciences programs for high school students. Students examine the interactions of body systems as they explore identity, communication, 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 action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real-world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.

    Medical Terminology 

    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Medical terminology is designed to develop a working knowledge of the language of health professions. Students acquire word-building skills by learning prefixes, suffixes, roots, combining forms, and abbreviations. Utilizing a body systems approach, students will define, interpret, and pronounce medical terms relating to structure and function, pathology, diagnosis, clinical procedures, and pharmacology. 


    Health Science 1 

    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12           

    Prerequisite: Biology (either as a prerequisite or concurrently), Medical Terminology (either as a prerequisite or concurrently) 

    Health Science 1 is a course offered to students interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field. During this course, students are introduced to healthcare history, careers, law and ethics, cultural diversity, health care language and math, infection control, professionalism, communication, basics of the organization of healthcare facilities, and types of insurance. Students get a good grasp of where healthcare has been, where it’s going, and how professional and personal characteristics impact their success. Students will be introduced to “Standard Precautions'' and learn about confidentiality through HIPPA. As students are guided through health care career exploration, they will discuss education levels, and requirements needed to be successful. Students will participate in a career project and will hear from guest speakers in the healthcare field. Students will learn first-aid procedures and learn fire safety. The skills and knowledge that students learn in Health Science 1 serve to prepare them for future clinical experiences such as job shadowing or internships as they advance in the Health Science courses. Students who successfully complete this course will be prepared to sit for the First Aid/CPR certifications. 


    Health Science 2 

    Grades:  10, 11, 12                                       

    Prerequisite: Health Science 1

    Health Science 2 applies the knowledge and skills that were learned in Health Science 1 while further challenging the students to learn more about the healthcare field. Health Science 2, will continue teaching in more detail, the units of study that include the advanced study of infection control. They will learn about “Transmission Based Precautions'' and become more familiar with OSHA, HIPAA, and the CDC. Students in Health Science 2 will learn how to take vital signs, record them and learn what the data means. Students will learn about the stages of life and Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. Students will learn how law and ethics are applied in the healthcare setting. This course will introduce students to basic patient care skills. Medical terminology, medical math and pharmacology are incorporated throughout the lessons being taught. Students will be certified in First Aid and CPR in this course. Career pathways and scenarios are introduced through each section. Students in this course should further their knowledge of healthcare careers and future goals by participating in a job shadowing experience. 


    Health Science 3 

    Grades:  11, 12                                       

    Prerequisite: Health Science 1 and 2

    Health Science 3 (CAS) Recommended for Grade 11 or 12; Students are required to purchase a set of scrubs; Prerequisite: Health Science 1&2 Human Structure, Function and Disease - acquaints students with basic anatomy and physiology of the human body. Students learn how the human body is structured and the function of each of the 12 body systems. Students will study the relationship that body systems have with disease from the healthcare point of view. This is a very hands on course and students will learn through projects and activities in the classroom. Skill procedures and foundation standards are reviewed and integrated throughout the program. Job shadowing is encouraged. This course does not count as a lab science.

    Sports Medicine 1

    Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Medical Terminology (either as a prerequisite or concurrently), CPR certification, First Aid Certification 

    Sports Medicine 1 emphasizes the prevention of athletic injuries, including the components of exercise science, anatomy, principles of safety, first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and vital signs. The subject matter also includes legal issues, members of the sports medicine team, nutrition, protective sports equipment, environmental safety issues, taping and wrapping, mechanisms of injury, and application of other sports medicine concepts. Students who successfully complete this course will be prepared to sit for the First Aid/CPR/AED certification exams. 

    Sports Medicine 2 

    Grades:  10, 11, 12

    Prerequisite: 75% in Sports Medicine 1

    Sports Medicine 2 emphasizes the assessment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Subject matter will include discussion of specific conditions and injuries that may be experienced by individuals participating in athletic activities. In addition, the use of appropriate therapeutic modalities and exercise in the care and rehabilitation of injuries will be examined. Advanced concepts related to the administrative aspects of the sports medicine program will also be covered. 

    Sports Medicine 3 

    Grades: 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Sports Medicine 2 

    Sports Medicine 3 emphasizes the student’s ability to apply concepts from previous Sports Medicine course work to real-world situations and scenarios. A priority will be placed on understanding the current research and evidence-based practices affecting the practice of Sports Medicine professionals. Students will develop policies, procedures, and guidelines based on these aspects, as well as explore detailed treatment and rehabilitation procedures for common athletic injuries. Students are expected to participate in clinical situations either at school with their athletic department or in an outside clinical setting for real world experience.