PLTW Biomedical Sciences currently includes 3 separate programs that are meant to be taken in order
- Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PBS)
- Human Body Systems (HBS)
- Hamilton’s capstone class of Medical Interventions (MI).
Each class offers a unique experience where the student encounters real life issues/medical complications where they research the concept and perform a task (i.e. track an infection while it spreads across a college campus, diagnose diabetes using human samples, or building a model portraying the bones and muscles of a human.)
Students that are interested in the course need to have good study skills, need to be organized, and most importantly need to be able to work independently everyday in the classroom. Most concepts in the classes are based on biological concepts, so it is highly recommended that a student completes a Biology course and scores well in it before taking a PLTW biomedical sciences class. Each course is an entire year long and at the end of the year, each student will take an End of Course (EOC) assessment where college credit (up to 3 credits/test) is available to students who score well.
Due to the EOC it is highly recommended that a student joins the class at the beginning of the year, any students joining the class late will miss valuable information that they will be required to know for the EOC. These courses are not only excellent ways to prepare students for college, as the level of work and expectations are college level, but also to help students decide if a career in the sciences are right for them, as many of the experiments and research are the same types used by biomedical professionals.