Health and Biomedical Sciences Information

Health and Biomedical Sciences Information






Health and Biomedical Science is an elective program of study offered at Summerville High School that promotes health care opportunities to students in grades 9-12.   At Summerville High School we offer an exciting and varied selection of courses students may choose from to complete their Health Science program of study, including the rigorous, STEM-based Biomedical Science Curriculum from Project Lead the Way. We encourage students to become a Career and Technology Education (CATE) completer within the Health Science career cluster by completing a total of FOUR of the courses below including TWO of the foundation courses highlighted in either yellow or green below AND ANY OTHER two courses listed. CW= CP Weight and HW= Honors Weight

  • Sports Medicine 1 CP- 555500CW

Grades 9-12

This course will provide students with knowledge and understanding of sports medicine. The program provides instruction in role delineation, liability, basic muscular-skeletal anatomy and physiology, CPR, emergency first-aid procedures, and taping and rehabilitation techniques specific to sports injuries.


  • Sports Medicine 2 CP- 555600CW

Grades 10-12 Prerequisite: Sports Medicine 1

This course is designed to present the skills necessary to perform as a student trainer or as a first responder in an emergency. Students will work with a certified trainer at junior varsity and varsity sports events gaining experience in taping and emergency techniques specific to sports injuries.


  • Sports Medicine 3 CP Work Based Credit- 559100CW

Grades 11-12 Prerequisite: Sports Medicine 2

This course is a continuation of Sports Medicine 2 and will include internship and after-school work experience where students apply formal classroom learning to actual work situations. Students’ workplace activities may include working on special projects, sampling tasks from different jobs, and/or learning tasks related to a single occupation.


  • Medical Terminology- 554000CW

Grades 10-12

Medical terminology is designed to develop a working knowledge of the language of health professions. Students acquire world-building skills by learning prefixes, suffixes, roots, combining forms, and abbreviations. Utilizing a body systems approach, students will define, interpret, and pronounce medical terms relating to structure and function, pathology, diagnosis, clinical procedures, and pharmacology. Students will use problem solving techniques to assist in developing an understanding of course concepts.


  • Principles of Biomedical Science- 558000HW

Grades 9-11

In the introductory course of the PLTW Biomedical Science program, 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- 558100HW

Grades 10-12 Prerequisite: Principles of Biomedical Sciences

Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on MANIKEN® skeletal models; 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- 558200HW

Grades 11-12 Prerequisites: Principles of Biomedical Science and Human Body Systems

Students follow the life of a fictitious family as they 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 cases, students learn about a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics.


  • Biomedical Innovation- 558300HW

Grades 10-12 Prerequisites: Medical Interventions (or concurrent enrollment)

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 research project with a mentor or advisor from a university, medical facility, or research institution.