MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS/BIOMEDICAL INNOVATION PLTW
Credits: 3 units, 1.5 Fall Semester, 1.5 Spring Semester
College Credit: UCM BIOL 1510 (4 credits) or Missouri S&T Bio Sci 1993 & 1983 (6 credits available to eligible students)
Scholarships and college credit are available at selected Universities across the U.S.
PREREQUISITE: GPA: 2.5 cumulative or higher; Attendance: 90% or higher. Home internet access is required.
COURSE PREREQUISITE: PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science and PLTW Human Body Systems preferred OR two of the
following science courses: Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, or other related sciences with a B- or higher.
Learner Profile: Independent learner; able to apply knowledge to new situations and concepts; strong desire to pursue a
career in medicine; ability to read and synthesize college-level materials.
Medical Interventions™ Students investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of
disease as they follow the lives of the Smith family. Students conduct experiments while exploring how to prevent and fight
infection, how to screen and evaluate the code in human DNA, how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and how to prevail
when the organs of the body begin to fail. Students are exposed to a wide range of interventions related to bacterial infections,
surgery, genetic engineering, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. Students study real world medical problems
through laboratory experiences. A background check and TB test is necessary for hospital lab placements.
Biomedical Innovation™ In this capstone course students design and conduct experiments related to the diagnosis, treatment,
and prevention of disease or illness. They apply their prior knowledge and skills to solve problems related to Bio-Medical science.
Students may work with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, or physician’s office, as they complete an Independent
Research Project of their own choosing. Students present their Independent Research Project along with other BI students in the
metropolitan area. Scholarships are awarded to top winners. Other course topics include: problems in emergency medicine,
forensic autopsy, human anatomy and physiology, molecular biology, epidemiology, and water quality. Students completing all
four PLTW Biomedical Science Program will receive a white coat.