Sequence of Courses

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Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PBS)

Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia and infectious diseases. They determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine, research processes and bioinformatics.

Review the laboratory, clinical, scientific, and professional skills gained during the PBS course: PBS Resume 
 
 
Human Body Systems (HBS)
 

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 inaction, 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.

Review the laboratory, clinical, scientific, and professional skills gained during the HBS course: HBS Resume
 
 
Medical Interventions (MI) 
 

Students investigate a variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. The course is a “how-to” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body as students explore 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. Each family case scenario introduces multiple types of interventions and reinforces concepts learned in the previous two courses, as well as presenting new content. Lifestyle choices and preventive measures are emphasized throughout the course as are the important roles scientific thinking and engineering design play in the development of interventions of the future.

Review the laboratory, clinical, scientific, and professional skills gained during the MI course: MI Resume
 
Once the first 3 Biomedical Sciences  Academy courses (PBS, HBS, MI) are successfully completed there are fourth-year options available. 
 
 
Option 1 - Biomedical Innovation PLTW Research Based Capstone (Single Block)
 
In this capstone course, students 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. They have the opportunity to work on an independent project and may work with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, physician’s office, or industry. Throughout the course, students are expected to present their work to an adult audience that may include representatives from the local business and healthcare community. *Application required. Academy Facilitator Approval.

Review the laboratory, clinical, scientific, and professional skills gained during the BI course: BI Resume

Option 2 - Heath Science Theory (Single Block)
This course is designed to provide for the development of advanced knowledge and skills related to a wide variety of health careers. Students will employ hands-on experiences for continued knowledge and skill development.


Option 3 - Health Science Theory / Health Science Clinical (Double Block)
The Health Science Clinical course is designed to provide for the development of advanced knowledge and skills related to a wide variety of health careers. Students will employ hands-on experiences for continued knowledge and skill development. This course must be taken concurrently with Health Science Theory and may not be taken as a stand-alone course. Districts are encouraged to offer this course in a consecutive block with Health Science Theory to allow students sufficient time to master the content of both courses. 

Option 4 - Practicum in Health Science - Certified Medical Assistant (Double Block)

The Practicum in Health Science [I] course is designed to give students practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience. A Lab fee for textbooks is required after the first 10 days of class, in addition to liability insurance fee. All students enrolled in this course must attend a mandatory meeting in order to complete enrollment. For additional information visit our website.

*Application Required


Option 5 - Practicum in Health Science EMT (Double Block) 

The Practicum in Health Science [I] course is designed to give students practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience. Students will be required to attend clinical rotations at both the Fire Department and the Emergency Room. Students will learn aspects of the Emergency Medical System necessary for them to become a successful EMT. An examination for Emergency Medical Technician is available at the end of the course. A Lab fee for textbooks is required after the first 10 days of class, in addition to liability insurance fee. All students enrolled in this course must attend a mandatory meeting in order to complete enrollment. For additional information visit our website.

*Application Required