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Teacher: Amanda Retallack

Industry Sector: Health Science and Medical Technology

Career Pathway: Biotechnology

Location: Room 12

Phone: 916-645-6360, ext. 212

Email: aretallack@wpusd.org

Instagram: lhs_biomed


Program Description

Whether discovering new cancer treatments or teaching healthy lifestyle choices to their communities, today’s biomedical science professionals are tackling big challenges to make the world a better place.  

PLTW Biomedical Science students are taking on these same real-world challenges – and they’re doing it before they even graduate from high school. Working with the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs, students engage in compelling, hands-on activities and work together to find solutions to problems. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.

PLTW Biomedical Science courses are part of the AP + PLTW biomedical science pathway.

2021-2022 TBHS Biomedical Pathway Application


Program Sequence

Industry Sector: Health Science and Medical Technology



Pathway: Biotechnology (196)

Foundational (1)

Concentrator (2)

Capstone (3)

Capstone (3)

Principles of Biomedical Sciences

Introduction to Biotechnology (7910)

Grade Level: 9-10

UC/CSU: Lab Science “D”

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

Intermediate Biotechnology (7911)

Grade Level: 10-11

UC/CSU: Lab Science “D”

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 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


Grade Level: 11-12

UC/CSU: Lab Science “D”

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 Interventions


Grade Level: 12

UC/CSU: College-Prep Elective “G”

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

Program Outcomes and Certifications

  • CPR certification

  • HIPAA certification

  • Biomedical Pathway Completer Graduation Patch

    • Successfully complete the entire PLTW Biomedical pathway course sequence available to you in your four years as an LHS student with a B average (3.0 GPA overall in all course work)

      • Principles of Biomedical Sciences

      • Human Body Systems

      • Medical Interventions

      • Biomedical Innovations (first available to the class of 2020)

    • Be a member in good standing with the LHS Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) organization for at least two full years.

    • Successfully complete one additional advanced course from the list below –

      • Honors Anatomy

      • AP Biology

      • CTE WORKS course –

        • Health Careers

        • Medical Assisting

        • Dental Careers

        • Fire Science Careers