“Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The academy consists of courses throughout middle school focused on medical investigation and experimentation. The four year high school sequence of courses from Project Lead the Way are for students interested in math, science, and the human body; with the inclusion of hands-on educational experiences. Students take courses such as Principles of the Biomedical Sciences, Human Body Systems, Medical Intervention, and Science Research.

As with the PLTW Engineering program, the rigorous curriculum uses the activities, projects, and problems modality that is grounded in real-world relevance. This approach addresses the learning styles and needs of the majority of students. The courses are hands-on and allow students to apply the concepts they learn in other mathematics and science courses.

All students interested in pursuing a career in biological sciences, emergency services, healthcare, or medicine will be prepared to seek two or four-year college studies in these fields. With the final year involving scientific research and a mentorship, students also gain practical application of skills learned throughout the program.

Santa Rosa Academy offers high school students on all tracks the opportunity to participate in the Biomedical Academy if their schedule permits. The school is committed to ensuring that students have access to up-to-date materials and instructional strategies within the Biomedical program.

For more information about Project Lead the Way, visit www.pltw.org.

High School Biomedial Academy

Year 1: Principles of Biomedical Science

This is the first course in the Biomedical Sciences track of Project Lead the Way (PLTW). In this course, students will follow the autopsy of a woman who is found dead of mysterious causes. Students will walk through the forensic techniques and analyses used to determine the actual cause of death. In doing so they will examine major diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and sickle cell anemia. Students will also cover scientific chemical and biological processes that help the body maintain homeostasis.

At the end of the course, students will take the national PLTW End of Course (EoC) Assessment. This assessment gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of concepts and skills learned throughout the entire course. Students may be eligible for college credit for this course, at a reduced rate, based on the final course grade and the EoC score. For more information please visit: https://www.pltw.org/experience-pltw/student-opportunities

Year 2: Human Body Systems

This is the second course in the Biomedical Sciences track of Project Lead the Way (PLTW). In this course, students will 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. 

Students also explore the research and experimental design process, as well as the engineering and design process. Students practice problem solving with open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop and use planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills.

At the end of the course, students will take the national PLTW End of Course (EoC) Assessment. This assessment gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of concepts and skills learned throughout the entire course. Students may be eligible for college credit for this course, at a reduced rate, based on the final course grade and the EoC score. For more information please visit: https://www.pltw.org/experience-pltw/student-opportunities

Year 3: Medical Interventions

This is the third course in the Biomedical Sciences track of Project Lead the Way (PLTW). In this course, students follow the life of a fictitious family as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Students explore how to detect and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; evaluate cancer treatment options; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through real world cases, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics.

At the end of the course, students will take the national PLTW End of Course (EoC) Assessment. This assessment gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of concepts and skills learned throughout the entire course. Students may be eligible for college credit for this course, at a reduced rate, based on the final course grade and the EoC score. For more information please visit: https://www.pltw.org/experience-pltw/student-opportunities

Year 4: Biomedical Innovations

This is the capstone course in the Biomedical Sciences track of Project Lead the Way (PLTW). In Biomedical Innovation (BI), the final course of the PLTW Biomedical Science sequence, students build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses to design innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century. Students address topics ranging from public health and biomedical engineering to clinical medicine and physiology. They have the opportunity to work on an independent project with a mentor or advisor from a university, medical facility, or research institution. Students are also encouraged to apply for an internship at hospitals or clinics.

Biomedical Innovation is a course designed for upper-classmen to train them to think like scientists, hone their skills in research and critical thinking and gain clinical experience in a healthcare setting.