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Project Lead the Way teachers training in an IUPUI lab

Project Lead the Way teachers training in an IUPUI lab

Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

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IUPUI has partnered with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) to provide high schools, teachers and students with innovative, hands-on science programs. PLTW classes are taught in school during the school day, and every instructor of PLTW 

courses receives extensive training as well as ongoing support in the courses they teach. While the STEM subject matter is rigorous, the approach is never rigid.

PLTW Students...

  • Achieve significantly higher scores in reading, mathematics and science.
  • May be eligible for college credit.
  • Earn higher GPAs as freshmen in college.
  • Are studying engineering and technology in greater numbers than the national average, with a higher retention rate in college engineering, science and related programs than non-PLTW students.


  • PLTW Biomedical Science Program Core Training: HBS June 18-30, 2017, PBS, MI, and BI July 9-21, 2017

Teacher Training

IUPUI Project Lead The Way's Summer Training Institute is an intensive instructional program that covers a year's worth of biomedical sciences high school curriculum in two weeks.

PLTW Students and College Credit

Course Completion Certificate

Qualified PLTW Biomedical students will receive a letter via email certifying that they have completed the coursework. Students who matriculate to IUPUI may request special credit for these courses during their first semester at the university. There is no fee for the special credit if students request it during their first semester at IUPUI. Students who attend other universities may present the certification letter to the biology department chair or other school administrator to determine if and how credit may be awarded at that institution. IUPUI does not provide transcripts for PLTW coursework.


  • Currently, there is no fee for the college credit associated with these courses for students who choose to enroll at IUPUI, as long as they contact the SPAN Division during their first semester of enrollment to request to have the credits posted to their transcripts. Students are charged if they request the credits after their third semester of enrollment.


  • Student must have taken the PLTW Biomedical Science course (s) at a certified PLTW school and passed the End of Course (EOC) National Assessment Part A with a stanine score of 6 or higher.
  • Complete and submit application form:
    • Student must download and complete required portions of IUPUI application then submit to PLTW instructor.
    • PLTW instructor/High School must complete and submit  the form. Instructions may be found here.
    • Form may be submitted after completion of each course, or preferably during the senior year for all past courses on the same form.
    • Stanines of 6 or 7 are approximately equivalent to a B grade, and will be awarded an S at IUPUI for satisfactory completion; Stanines of 8 or 9 will be awarded an A at IUPUI.
  • Letters certifying course completion will be emailed to students in the summer following their high school graduation. While information may be submitted to IUPUI each year, only one email certifying all completed courses will be emailed upon graduation.
  • Students who do not attend IUPUI may print the certification letter they will receive via email and present it to the biology department chair at your institution. It will be up to that institution to decide whether or not to issue college credit.
  • Qualified PLTW Biomedical students who matriculate to IUPUI will need to contact the IUPUI SPAN Division Office during their FIRST semester at IUPUI to request the college credit be recorded on their transcript.  Special credit will be posted on the student's IU transcript at no further cost to the student, as long as they contact the SPAN Division during their first semester of enrollment to request to have the credits posted to their transcripts.

PLTW Biomedical Science - High School Course Descriptions

PLTW Course

IUPUI Course Equivalent


Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PBS)                     BIOL 10011: Principles of Biomedical Science                     3                    

Human Body Systems (HBS)

BIOL 10012: Human Body Systems 3
Medical Interventions (MI) BIOL 10013: Medical Interventions 3
Biomedical Innovation (BI) BIOL 10014: Biomedical Innovation 3
  • BIOL 10011 Principles of Biomedical Science (3 cr. hr.)  Students 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.
  • BIOL 10012 Human Body Systems(3 cr. hr.)  Students examine the interactions of body systems as they explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection and homeostasis. Students design 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 the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.
  • BIOL 10013 Medical Interventions (3 cr. hr.)  Students investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family.  The course is a "How-To" manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body as students explore: 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.  Through these scenarios, students are exposed to the wide range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices and diagnostics. Lifestyle choices and preventive measures are emphasized throughout the course as well as the important roles scientific thinking and engineering design play in the development of interventions of the future.
  • BIOL 10014 Biomedical Innovation (3 cr. hr.)  In this capstone course, students apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or solve problems related to the biomedical sciences.  Students design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century as they work through progressively challenging open-ended problems, addressing topics such as clinical medicine, physiology, biomedical engineering, and public health.  They have the opportunity to work on an independent project and may work with a mentor or adviser from a university, hospital, physician's office, or industry. Throughout the course, students are expected to present their work to an adult audience that may include representatives from the local business and health care community.

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