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​​PLTW Biomedical Science

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.

Entry-level Career Options: 
Medical Technician working in a lab, Crime-Scene Technician

Recommended Post-Secondary Schools: 
State Fair Community College
State Technical College of Missouri
Central Methodist University​

PLTW – Principles of Biomedical Science

The first course in the nationally recognized Project Lead the Way program investigates biomedical sciences through problem-based learning and hands-on projects. Designed to develop students’ collaborative, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills; while investigating a case study, students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. Activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, medicine and research processes, laying the scientific foundation for subsequent PLTW courses in the Biomedical Sciences Program. Dual credit opportunity listed below.

Open to all grade levels
1 unit
Missouri University of Science and Technology: BIO SCI 1943 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology. (3 credits) Students are encouraged to contact their prospective university to see how the credit will transfer.

PLTW – Human Body Systems

Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis in the body. They will study the structure and function of human organ systems, including the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal Manikin; 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. Dual credit opportunity listed below.

Prerequisite: Principles of Biomedical Sciences
Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors
1 unit
Missouri University of Science and Technology: BIO SCI 1953 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II. (3 credits) Students are encouraged to contact their prospective university to see how the credit will transfer.


Instructor: Mrs. Missy Stock RN BSN

Mrs. Stock earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Central Methodist University in 1998. She is currently working on her Master's in Education. Mrs. Stock is also an American Heart Association CPR/First Aid Instructor. Mrs. Stock started her career in the health field by earning her Certified Nurse Assistant Certification as a junior in high school at the BTEC in 1991. She worked as a CNA throughout college at Cooper County Memorial Hospital and Katy Manor Nursing Home. After graduating from nursing school, Mrs. Stock began her nursing career on the Neurological Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery floor at Boone Hospital in Columbia. There she took care of pre- and post-operative surgery patients on a daily basis. She then expanded her nursing experience at the Cooper County Public Health Department as the Public Health Nurse working with the pediatric, post-natal, mental health, and adult population. After working there for many years, Mrs. Stock decided to change things up and work at the Dialysis Clinic Inc. as needed after having her first child. Mrs. Stock has always loved the teaching aspect of nursing. When the Health Science position at BTEC opened, she jumped at the opportunity. That was 11 years ago and Mrs. Stock still love teaching others her passion for health care! Mrs. Stock will be married 20 years this October to her high school sweetheart. They have two sons, two cats, and one dog.​​