Project Lead the Way

Project Lead The WayIUPUI 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.


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.

Link to register for summer training:

Core Training: Core Training Manual (2015) - 2016 version coming soon.

2016 Course Offerings: June 20 - July 1  or July 11 - July 22

IUPUI is offering the following programs

  • Principles of Biomedical Science 
  • Medical Interventions 
  • Human Body Systems 
  • Biomedical Innovation

Obtaining College Credit

Course Completion Certificate

Qualified PLTW Biomedical students will receive a letter certifying that they have completed the coursework. They will receive special college credit at IUPUI.

Fee: Currently, there is no fee for the credits associated with these courses for students who choose to enroll at IUPUI.


  • 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 sent upon graduation. While information may be submitted to IUPUI each year, only one letter, certifying all courses completed, will be mailed upon graduation.
  • A sealed letter will also be included so that a student who attends a university/college outside of IUPUI or an IU affiliated school may present the letter to the Department of Biology Chair of the university/college of their choice for obtaining college credit. It will be up to that university/college or school to decide on whether or not to issue the college credit at that institution.
  • Qualified PLTW Biomedical students who matriculate to IUPUI will need to contact the IUPUI SPAN Division Office after the SECOND WEEK of classes 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.

PLTW Biomedical Science - Course Descriptions

PLTW CourseIUPUI Course Equivalent
Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PBS)BIOL 10011: Principles of Biomedical Science3
Human Body Systems (HBS)BIOL 10012: Human Body Systems3
Medical Interventions (MI)BIOL 10013: Medical Interventions3
Biomedical Innovation (BI)BIOL 10014: Biomedical Innovation3

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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IUPUI Course Credit Application Form Instructions (For High School Teachers)

For your students to obtain certification of credit for PLTW Biomedical Science courses at IUPUI for successful completion of any of the PLTW Biomedical Science courses (this is NOT a dual-credit program - students are certified only after they pass the EOC Assessment with a score of 80% or higher):

  1. The student must have taken the PLTW Biomedical Science course(s) at a certified (or in the process of being certified) PLTW school.
  2. The student must pass the End of Course (EOC) National Assessment Part A with a score of 80% or higher for each course that certification is being applied for.
  3. The student can complete the IUPUI application at the time of completing each course (for instance the student is changing schools), or (preferably) submit one form during their senior year for all courses completed.
  4. The student must download the IUPUI application and complete the required portions.
  5. The student must submit the application form to their PLTW teacher.
  6. The PLTW teacher must verify that the student did pass the EOC with a score of 80% or higher for each course being applied for.
  7. The high school advisor needs to complete the High School Endorsement section of the application.
  8. The high school then mails the application (or all applications from that building in one mailing) to:
    • Project Lead the Way/ Joseph Thompson
    • IUPUI School of Science, LD 222
    • 402 North Blackford Street
    • Indianapolis, IN 46202
  9. Do not send any payment with the application.
  10. It is optional, but helpful in record keeping, for schools submitting more than one student's application, if the teacher submits a list with all the students' names and other student information along with the set of applications.