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Biomedical Program Of Study

The Biomedical Science program of study focuses on the study of biology and medicine in order to introduce CTE learners to the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the healthcare field, such as researching and diagnosing diseases, pre-existing conditions, or other determinants of health. 

Principles of Biomedical Science PLTW (Project Lead The Way) (2 Semesters) (9-10)
Students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person. While investigating the case, students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes while allowing them to design their own experiments to solve problems.

Human Body Systems PLTW (2 Semesters) (10-12)
Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis in the body. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal Maniken®; use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration; and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases. 

Medical Interventions PLTW (2 Semesters) (11-12)
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.

Biomedical Innovation PLTW (2 Semesters) (11-12)
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.

Career and Technical Student Organizations:
Health Occupations Students of America - Future Health Professionals

Program of Study Teacher:
Dina Thomason (Canutillo High School)

High School Certification in this Program of Study: 

Occupations in this Program of Study:
Medical and Laboratory Technician, Median Wage: $37,981
Biological Technician, Median Wage: $42,931
Forensic Science Technician, Median Wage: $48,152
Chemical Technicians, Median Wage: $49,733
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists, Median Wage: $58,760

*Wages are approximately. 

Associate's Degree in this Program of Study: 
Histologic Technician
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Bachelor's Degree in this Program of Study:
Biomedical Engineers

Master's/Doctoral Professional Degree: 
Genetic Counseling
Medical Scientists