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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Biomedical Engineering is a research degree that is intended to provide graduates with the breadth and depth of knowledge in one area of specialization within biomedical engineering, as well as the scientific research training needed for successful careers in academia, the biomedical industry or government. Specializations include biomedical imaging, rehabilitation bioengineering, bioinstrumentation, compuational biology and bioinformatics, biomechanics, cellular and molecular engineering.
The Five-year B.S./M.S. program allows qualified students to receive a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering in just five years. Students with qualifying grade-point averages enroll in the program during their junior year. They begin their thesis research the summer between their junior and senior years. Their research laboratory experience will continue during the summer between their senior and fifth years and throughout their fifth year, culminating in the preparation of a written thesis and defense.
Upon enrolling in the Master of Science program in Biomedical Engineering, a student selects one of four specializations: bio-instrumentation/computers, biomechanics/biomaterials, rehabilitation bioengineering, and systems physiology. Faculty will design a curriculum and research program to address the specific goals of each student. Programs will include course work in engineering, biology, mathematics and medicine, all of which will be integrated with research laboratory experience.
The Healthcare Technologies Management Master of Science degree program is designed to provide students with greater professional, technical and managerial skills in healthcare institutions and medical device/equipment professions. Additionally, this program was the first of its kind in the U.S. to combine business, technology and healthcare as part of its core curriculum.
The Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering is a non-thesis degree program that includes course work in existing biomedical engineering graduate programs of study, upper division undergraduate courses that carry graduate credit, course work taken outside the Biomedical Engineering Department offerings and a performance evaluation via a final written examination (capstone comprehensive written exam).
Students complete courses online and have hands-on practical experiences in clinical simulation centers and in-person immersive clinical environments. These experiences provide engineers a unique opportunity to observe clinical procedures, facilitate clinician-designer interactions, and gain a first-hand account of how the medical devices are meeting the needs of current users. Students will identify future unmet needs and opportunities for improved design practices, leading to safer and more successful medical devices.