PLTW Medical Interventions™ and PLTW Biomedical Innovation™
Discovery and Prevention in Healthcare
This is a year-long course comprised of two related semester courses.
Fall semester: PLTW Medical Interventions™ Students investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. Students conduct experiments while exploring how to prevent and fight infection, how to screen and evaluate the code in human DNA, how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and how to prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Students are exposed to a wide range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. Students study real world medical problems through laboratory experiences. A background check and TB test is necessary for hospital lab placements.
Spring semester: PLTW Biomedical Innovation™ In this capstone course students design and conduct experiments related to a series of Biomedical science problems including Emergency Medicine, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, Molecular Biology, Forensic Science, and Laboratory Research. Students may work with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, or physician's office, as they complete a Team Research Project of their own design. Students submit their Team Research Project along with other BI students in the metropolitan area to a panel of medical professionals. Scholarships are awarded to top winners. Students completing all four PLTW Biomedical courses receive an STA/PLTW embroidered white coat at a white coat ceremony that recognizes them for completing this 4-year program.
"The PLTW classes have been challenging, yet very rewarding and informative. I feel they have strongly prepared me for just about any biomedical career I choose to pursue." Davis Freeman, Class of 2022
"I have been exposed to aspects of the medical field that I wouldn't have experienced otherwise unless I was actively working in the industry. I would highly recommend taking these classes!" Lacey Bishop, Class of 2022
MIC Accelerated Early Bachelor Degree Program Option
Students who take Medical Interventions/Biomedical Innovations at Summit Technology Academy AND have a 3.0 unweighted GPA/95% attendance may also choose to participate in a university partnership program called Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC), in which students begin to earn a bachelor's degree while still in high school. Students will participate in extensive paid internship opportunities with top companies in the KC area. Students who qualify and have interest, should mark that they are interested on their STA online application.
KU Degree in 3 Accelerated Early Bachelor Degree Program Option
Students who take Medical Interventions/Biomedical Innovations at Summit Technology Academy AND have a 3.0 unweighted GPA/95% attendance may also choose to participate in a university partnership program called KU Degree in 3 (KUD3), in which students begin to earn a bachelor's degree while still in high school. Three different bachelor degree options are available and are offered through the University of Kansas- Edwards Campus. This program helps to significantly reduce the overall cost of an University of Kansas bachelor's degree. Students will be able to participate in internship opportunities with companies during final two years of this program. Students who qualify and have interest, should mark that they are interested in the KU Degree in 3 Program on their STA online application.
- Grade: 11 or 12
- 2.5 GPA (Unweighted)
- 90% Attendance
- Background check and TB Test (required for hospital placements)
- Outside class Internet access is required.
PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science™ and PLTW Human Body Systems™ preferred (with a B- or higher)
Two of the following science courses:
- Biology with a B- or higher
- Chemistry with a B- or higher
- Anatomy-Physiology with a B- or higher
- Other related sciences with a B- or higher
*Students completing all four PLTW Biomedical courses (PBS, HBS, MI, BI) participate in a special White Coat Ceremony at the end of the year.
- IB or Advanced Biology and Chemistry
- AP or Advanced Biology and Chemistry
- Other Related Rigorous Chemistry/Bilogy Lab Science Courses
Recommmended PLTW Member School Prerequisites:
- Principles of Biomedical Science™
- Human Body Systems™
High School Credits: 3 units
LSR7 Weighted Credit: .666
NON Lee's Summit Schools Weighted Credit: Varies by school
College Credit: UCM BIOL 1510 (4 credits) for PLTW Human Body Systems and Medical Interventions and for any 2 PLTW Biomedical Science courses BIO SCI 1113 General Biology (LEC 3.0) and BIO SCI 1219 General Biology Lab (LAB 1.0) through MO S & T.
Applications for the 2024-2025 school year are now open!!