PLTW – Medical Interventions – 9272

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: 1 Type: 1 Science or 1 Practical Art

School: CACC

Prerequisite: Earned credit in PLTW Principles of Biomedical Sciences and PLTW Human Body Systems, or students may take PLTW Human Body Systems and PLTW Medical Interventions concurrently.

Co-Requisite: All PLTW courses require concurrent enrollment in (or satisfactory completion of) appropriate grade-level math and science courses. 

Students investigate various interventions that involve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow a fictitious family’s lives in this Project Lead the Way course. The class is a “how-to” manual for maintaining homeostasis in the body. Students explore how to prevent and fight infection, screen and evaluate the code in human DNA, prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer and prevail when the body organs begin to fail. These scenarios expose students to a wide range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices and diagnostics. Each method introduces multiple types of interventions, reinforces concepts learned in previous courses and presents new content. The interventions are showcased across generations of a family, looking at the past, present, and future biomedical sciences. The course emphasizes lifestyle choices and the important roles scientific thinking and engineering design have in developing future interventions. Every student will have an opportunity to advance personal and professional skills through participation in HOSA.

Recommended: C average and proficient score on previous PLTW-BMS EOC 

Related: PLTW STRONGLY recommends participation in HOSA: Future Health Professionals.

College dual credit: may be available

Research demonstrates that PLTW students outperform their peers in school, are better prepared for post-secondary studies, and are more likely to consider careers as scientists, technology experts, engineers, mathematicians, healthcare providers, and researchers compared to their non-PLTW peers. Students find PLTW programs relevant, inspiring, engaging, and foundational to their future success.