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Honors Biomedical

About the Honors Biomedical Program



Instructor for Health Science & Honors Biomedical


Phone: 803-425-8982 x1623


Degrees and Certifications:

MAT Science BSN Nursing Member of Sigma Theta Tau--Nursing Honor Society AHA BLS Instructor

Mrs. Tammy Pugh

I am originally from Columbia and a graduate of Spring Valley high school. I have a Bachelor's in Nursing and a Masters of Arts and Teaching in Science from the University of South Carolina. I am a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and a diehard Gamecock fan. My nursing experience includes Palmetto Richland Hospital, American Red Cross, Camden Dialysis Center and Kershaw Health Emergency Department. I moved to Elgin about 25 years ago. This is my 27th year at ATEC. I am proud to have been chosen as the 2015-16 Teacher of the Year for ATEC.

Office hours are 11:00am - 11:55am by appointment.

Biomedical Sciences (PLTW) Course Listing

Honors Biomedical Sciences is a sequence of two courses that provide a hands-on, real-world problem-solving approach to learning. Students participating in this major will be prepared to further their education in various opportunities in the healthcare field such as a dentist, microbiologist, nurse, occupational therapist, pharmacist, physical therapist, physician, speech therapist.

PLTW - Honors Principles of Biomedical Sciences     558082HD

Grades 10 – 11                                                 

2 units

Prerequisite: Completed or enrolled in Honors Physical Science or Honors Biology 1 and Algebra 1

This course introduces the biomedical sciences through exciting “hands-on” projects and problems.  Student work involves the study of human medicine, research processes and an introduction to bioinformatics. Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases.  A theme through the course is to determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person.  After determining the factors responsible for the death, the students investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life.  Key biological concepts including: homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedback systems, and defense against disease are embedded in the curriculum.  The course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and to lay the scientific foundation necessary for student success in the subsequent courses. Successful completion of the National PLTW Assessment will allow the credit to be AP-weighted on the Uniform Grading Scale. *Students can earn AP weight with proficiency score on national exam* 

PLTW - Honors Human Body Systems     558182HD

Grades 11 – 12                                                 

2 units

Prerequisite: Honors BIOMED 1 or Health Science 1 and 2 

This course uses real-world cases where students take the role of biomedical professionals and work together to solve medical mysteries.  Hands-on projects include designing experiments, investigating the structures and functions of body systems, and using data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary actions, and respiratory operation. Students examine the processes, structures, and interactions of the human body systems to learn how they work together to maintain homeostasis (internal balance) and good health. Successful completion of the National PLTW Assessment will allow the credit to be AP-weighted on the Uniform Grading Scale. *Students can earn AP weight with proficiency score on national exam* 

Honors Health Science Clinical Study - Pre-Professional Studies     556082HD

Grade 12                                                          

2 units

Prerequisite: Honors Principles of Biomedical Sciences and Honors Human Body Systems OR Health Science 1 and 2, Health Science 3 (Health Science 3 may be substituted with Honors Human Body Systems, Anatomy & Physiology or AP Biology)

Honors Health Science Clinical Study - Pre-Medicine is designed to give students an opportunity to gain clinical experience.  Possible areas of clinical internships include, but are not limited to, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Medicine. A combination of classroom instruction and work-based experiences are used to prepare students for post-secondary education or employment in the healthcare field.  Students complete a personal career portfolio and resume. Students must provide transportation to health care facilities. Students are responsible for the fees for the CPR certification, clinical supplies and scrub/uniform.