PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science
The Principles of Biomedical Sciences class is a Project Lead the Way course in which students’ learning is facilitated through student inquiry of real world applications. Daily attendance is essential because experiences are obtained through hands-on collaborative labs. Students will investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. They determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine, research processes, and bioinformatics. This course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses.
PLTW Human Body Systems
The Human Body Systems class is a Project Lead the Way course in which students’ learning is facilitated through student inquiry of real world applications. Daily attendance is essential because experiences are obtained through hands-on collaborative labs. Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, 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 roles of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.
PLTW - Medical Interventions
In this honors level course, students investigate a variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the life of a fictitious family. The course is a “How-To” manual for maintaining overall health and 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 organs of the body begin to fail. Through these scenarios, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics.
PLTW - Biomedical Innovation
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.
Medical Skills and Services
This course provides students with background information on health care and begins to expose students to different health care careers. Topics include history and trends of health care, the health care system, careers in health care, ethical and legal responsibilities, medical terminology, basic anatomy and physiology, infection control, and vital signs. Students will perform two hands on practical examinations including Cranial Nerve Testing and Vital Signs Testing in addition to traditional tests. These skills transcend all health care professions.
In this course, students will learn specific exercises frequently used in physical therapy and orthopedic rehabilitation. They will use the cards from the VHI Orthopedic Exercise Rehabilitation Kit that is used by Physical Therapy Clinics today and they will understand how to properly perform and explain these exercises using correct body positioning and motions. They will also understand how Exercise Balls can be used in Physical Therapy for core strengthening exercises. Students will also be working towards their own personal goal of fitness through fitness testing and goal setting. This course may not be repeated for PE credit.
In this course, students will learn the basic first aid skills needed to handle most at-home and on-the-job emergencies. Students will demonstrate the ability to perform CPR; respond to child and adult choking; as well as recognize, respond and treat a variety of emergencies. Participants can earn CPR/AED and First Aid certificates through the American Heart Association with successful completion of this course. You must be 16 years old upon completion of this course to be eligible for the certification.
Sports Medicine I
This course provides students with background information on Sports Medicine and begins to expose students to different athletic injuries. Topics include prevention, recognition, evaluation, assessment, and care of athletic injures. Students who successfully complete this class will be able to explain how to prevent athletic injuries generically and specifically related to particular injuries or sports. Students will be able to demonstrate the skill of taping as a preventative measure. Students will be able to recognize and evaluate the most common athletic injuries. Students will be able to understand and assist in the immediate and long term care of athletic injuries.
Sports Medicine II
This course provides students with hands on experiences to apply what they learned in Sports Medicine I. Students will be attending a formal class one day per week and be required to put in a minimum of 6 hours per week outside of class time working with our Certified Athletic Trainers after school with Huntley’s Sports teams. Based on availability, students may also be able to work with Physical Therapists at an outside Physical Therapy Clinic. These hours will have to be completed after school, in the evenings, or on the weekends. Students will have to provide their own transportation.
Medical Spanish will be offered to students who have successfully completed Spanish II. Students will learn how to interact with Spanish-speaking patients in an office setting, how to complete the initial patient screening, and how to direct patients to appropriate medical services. They will utilize authentic materials in real-world settings to reinforce previous Spanish and medical knowledge. The curriculum is communication-driven and prepares students for meeting the needs of Spanish-speaking patients in future medical careers.
English IV: Medical Issues
This course fulfills the English IV requirement while emphasizing literature and writing skills that have a medical focus. It is organized thematically, and will employ the use of essential questions to guide critical thinking about issues relating to the medical field. The texts will include a variety of novels, nonfiction, essays, memoirs, journals, and historical documents. The central theme of this course is the medical advances, the impact of these advances, and the ethics involved. There will be continued emphasis and increased rigor in the progressive development of skills identified in Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (11- 12). Students will be assessed, in part, through the use of regular district-wide benchmark assessments. Curriculum for this course includes special emphasis on project-based learning opportunities, synthesis skills, and independent learning strategies. Students may take Medical English IV in order to graduate unless they have completed or are enrolled in AP Language or AP Literature.
In this course, students will explore and research issues related to the Health and Social Science fields. Students will examine moral dilemmas created or intensified by advances in medical technology and carefully examine historical, current, and emerging ethical issues related to the health field. Areas of focus in the course include, but are not limited to, the following: treatment of disabled persons, eugenics, trade in human organs, infectious diseases, animal and human medical research and experimentation, euthanasia, reproductive rights, genetic screening, engineering and human enhancement, access to health care and allocation of scarce medical resources.
Medical Foods and Nutrition
This course is designed for students who are interested in the medical field and wish to learn food safety, sanitation and recipe skills that are applicable in a clinical setting. This basic course includes classroom and laboratory experiences needed to develop knowledge and understanding of food. Emphasis is given to nutrition, safety, sanitation, use and care of equipment, following recipes, fruits, vegetables, eggs, quick breads, meat, poultry and basic yeast products to aid in meal planning and nutritional food choices.
Students enrolled in the Partnership Youth Residency will complete a series of in-hospital rotations at Centegra Hospital. They will be exposed to real world experiences while collaborating alongside medical professionals. Inclass time will focus on equipping students with the scientific knowledge and skills needed to deepen the Centegra Rotation experience. Stress will be on the science behind the various professions encountered during rotation. Example topics include studying devices such as x-ray or MRI machines as well as results interpretation, interpreting biofeedback such as EKG and EEG information, understanding common drug mechanisms and uses, as well as specific medical knowledge pertaining to the various specialties encountered during rotation. Students enrolled in the Partnership Youth Residency will be required to complete a summer Centegra Orientation. During this orientation, students will spend clinical time in the hospital and learn specifics regarding hospital logistics, policies, and procedures. Students will be required to provide their own transportation to and from Centegra Hospital.