Biomedical Engineering and the Medical Professions

 Students participating in this community will be exposed to curriculum and careers related to science, with an emphasis in health care, bioscience and medical engineering. There are two pathways within this community: Biomedical Engineering (Project Lead the Way-PLTW) and Medical Professions (Allied Health). The biomedical engineering pathway in this community is specifically tailored to prepare students for college entry and further their education in the medical and research sciences. Biomedical Engineering students take Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement courses, receive career themed information, project based classroom instruction, challenging real world experiences with internship opportunities at UT Medical Branch and innovative learning opportunities. The Medical Professions pathway provides students with clinical and laboratory sequences designed to provide students with competitive health care instruction and opportunities. Medical Professions students take core academic courses, receive career themed information, and opportunities for clinical rotations at health facilities. Students participating in this community will have the opportunity to earn a STEM and Public Service endorsements from the state of Texas.


                     ENDORSEMENTS and COMMUNITIES




funded by the Magnet Schools Assistance Program

 STM = Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

BIO = Biomedical Engineering and the Medical Professions


Sample Schedule for a Biomedical student:

9th Grade:
1st Period: English I PAP
2nd Period: PAP Geometry/PAP Algebra I
3rd Period: PAP Chemistry/PAP Biology
4th Period: PAP US History
5th Period: PBS
6th Period: Foreign Language
7th Period: PE or substitute
8th Period: Elective

10th Grade:
1st Period: English II PAP
2nd Period: PAP Algebra II/PAP Geometry
3rd Period: Anatomy & Physics/PAP Chemistry
4th Period: AP World History
5th Period: HBS
6th Period: Foreign Language
7th Period: Elective
8th Period: Elective

11th Grade:
1st Period: English III AP/DC
2nd Period: PAP PreCal/PAP Algebra II
3rd Period: Advanced Science or Anatomy & Physics
4th Period: AP Government/AP Economics
5th Period: Medical Internship
6th Period: Speech/Elective
7th Period: Elective
8th Period: Elective

12th Grade:
1st Period: English IV AP/DC
2nd Period: Advanced Math/PAP PreCal
3rd Period: Advanced Science
4th Period: AP Social Studies
5th Period: Biomedical Innovation
6th Period: Elective
7th Period: Elective
8th Period: Elective

Focus: Accelerated curriculum-focused preparation for medical professions

 Goal: The biomedical engineering community is specifically tailored to prepare students for college entry to further their education in the medical sciences

 While in this community, you can expect to learn how to:

· Analyze the functions of the human body
· Problem solve
· Be an intern at UTMB
· Identify diseases and disorders
· Conduct hands-on experiments
· Become a doctor or scientist
· Extract DNA
· Investigate a crime scene
· And more!

 Benefits: Hands-on classes that benefit your future career as a doctor, nurse, x-ray tech, emergency medical technician, medical researcher, certifies nurse’s assistant, psychologist, forensic pathologist, and medical equipment designer.

Career Certifications and Endorsements that would usually cost hundreds of dollars are provided for free.



Pre-AP is defined as any course students take which leads to success:
-in an Advanced Placement course, and/or
-on an Advanced Placement exam, and/or
-in any course of study regardless of whether students attend a four-year university, a community college, a technical institute, or enter the workplace.

 All Pre-AP courses offer the opportunity to:
-provide students with the skills and strategies necessary to be independent  successful learners.
-challenge the student's creative and analytical reading, thinking, presenting, and writing skills.
-align with a standard of performance as indicated by AP examinations.
-become lifelong learners who participate yearly in AP conferences and institutes.

The purpose of College Board Advanced Placement (AP) courses is to  prepare the students for college work and/or AP exams that provide students the opportunity to receive college credit.  By earning a college's required grade on an AP Exam (usually a 3, 4, or  5), students may receive the equivalent of credit for a semester's or year's worth of coursework.  This could also save the student (parent) the cost of tuition or books for that required course.

 A Ball High School Advanced Placement course follows the curriculum  developed by the College Board Advanced Placement Program.  (A Ball High student enrolled in an  AP course studies a standardized curriculum similar to other AP courses offered across the country.)  A course designated as AP is therefore recognized nationally by high schools, colleges, and universities for the consistency of its curriculum. 

-are more demanding than regular high school courses
-are recommended for highly motivated students.
-are different from the regular high school courses in that they are taught with college curricula and college level materials.  (The curriculum of an AP course is  at an accelerated pace, and performance is assessed at the analysis and synthesis level). 
-allow students the opportunity to engage in subjects at a greater depth than regular courses.
-give the students the background and preparation that will prove beneficial for student success when enrolled in college.