Biomedical engineers (BMEs) advance the technologies and frameworks needed to drive modern healthcare. Blending engineering skills with thorough knowledge of the health services industry and natural biology, BMEs are often experts in a particular engineering discipline and biomedical science.
By its nature, this field is about problem-solving. Biomedical engineers work to solve complex translational problems in industries like biotechnology, medicine, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, equipment manufacturing, consulting, and research and development.
Prospective BMEs should develop an educational plan based on standards set by the intended state-of-practice. For example, some states only issue licenses to engineers with graduate degrees. All undergraduate BME programs should be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Students need to complete at least a 4-year bachelor's degree, preferably in BME or, alternatively, a related engineering discipline with significance relevance to biomedical engineering applications.
The best biomedical engineering schools afford students didactic access to a medical facility or medical school. They maintain an interdisciplinary approach that spans numerous engineering disciplines and engages the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics, among others.
Core BME coursework includes:
Many top biomedical engineering schools let students earn a specialized bachelor's degree. Specialty areas on the medical side of BME studies may focus on a body system, special technology, pathology like cancer, or product like a devices or class of drugs.
On the engineering side, specialization often emphasizes an engineering science like chemical, electrical, or mechanical engineering. The possibilities are myriad. In general, the higher the education pursued, the more power students will have to determine their own course of study.
Here are some other areas of specialization:
Students with a bachelor's in biomedical engineering may go on to medical school or graduate school, or they may simply enter the workforce. The latter can usually find entry-level jobs as technicians or field support. For these individuals, the idea is to gain as much solid work experience as possible. Employers will hire Bachelors as full-title biomedical and clinical engineers once they have some industry experience, ranging from 2 to 10 years.
Which jobs are available to bachelor degree-holders, especially with industry experience?
Master's candidates study how biological organisms function as engineering systems. They learn to apply engineering techniques to solve complex clinical technology problems. Master degree programs typically last about 2 years. Those who go on to medical school will spend 4 years earning an M.D.
Master candidates pursue either the Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Engineering (M.Eng.). The former is for research; the latter is considered the terminal professional degree. Typically, the M.Eng. involves a greater design component. Both are acceptable for employment purposes.
To get into graduate school, students must complete the undergraduate coursework sought by their desired program. Medical schools, for example, look for pre-med coursework. Many programs accept undergraduate degrees in Chemistry, Physics, or a related Engineering discipline in lieu of the BME major, but compensatory coursework may be required.
Coursework for an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering may include:
A master's degree-holder can become a:
Employers value higher education in this industry, and there are many rewards for those who earn a Ph.D. Doctoral students often have access to professional connections who can considerably enhance their employment prospects. They will also be eligible for academic work or independent research.
Doctoral graduates may further attend postdoctoral fellowships to gain valuable experience for a professional research career. Such fellowships provide specialized experience that can open up advanced employment opportunities. In general, those with a Ph.D. plus clinical postdoctoral work will retain a competitive job outlook.
BMEs who can transform biological discoveries into viable products and help bring them to market will see some of the best employment prospects in the field. Ph.D.s are well-suited to this task as researchers who develop effective methods, devices and therapies for contemporary medical practice.
Some common Ph.D. areas of research focus are:
Here are some BME jobs that require a Ph.D.:
We found 86 schools offering "Bioengineering And Biomedical Engineering" degree programs in the U.S.
|The University of Texas Southwest Med Ctr - Dallas||Dallas||TX||1505|
|Cedar Crest College||Allentown||PA||1519|
|Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology||Terre Haute||IN||1725|
|The University of Tennessee Health Science Center||Memphis||TN||2069|
|Milwaukee School of Engineering||Milwaukee||WI||2620|
|University of California - San Francisco||San Francisco||CA||3517|
|Worcester Polytechnic Institute||Worcester||MA||3874|
|University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey||Newark||NJ||4666|
|Western New England College||Springfield||MA||4826|
|Catholic University of America||Washington||DC||5493|
|Michigan Technological University||Houghton||MI||6336|
|Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||Troy||NY||8022|
|University of Rochester||Rochester||NY||8071|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh||PA||8514|
|New Jersey Institute of Technology||Newark||NJ||8820|
|Case Western Reserve University||Cleveland||OH||9304|
|University of Vermont and State Agricultural Coll||Burlington||VT||10118|
|Louisiana Tech University||Ruston||LA||10363|
|Yale University||New Haven||CT||11099|
|University of Idaho||Moscow||ID||11635|
|Tulane University of Louisiana||New Orleans||LA||11652|
|Washington University in St Louis||Saint Louis||MO||12118|
|University of Nevada - Reno||Reno||NV||13149|
|Saint Louis University - Main Campus||Saint Louis||MO||13847|
|University of Miami||Coral Gables||FL||13963|
|Wright State University - Main Campus||Dayton||OH||13964|
|University of Rhode Island||Kingston||RI||14362|
|Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus||Atlanta||GA||14805|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham||Birmingham||AL||14951|
|Mississippi State University||Mississippi State||MS||16561|
|Oregon State University||Corvallis||OR||16758|
|Johns Hopkins University||Baltimore||MD||17774|
|University of Connecticut||Storrs||CT||19393|
|University of Toledo||Toledo||OH||19491|
|Columbia University in the City of New York||New York||NY||19639|
|University of Memphis||Memphis||TN||19986|
|University of California - San Diego||La Jolla||CA||20197|
|University of California - Irvine||Irvine||CA||20211|
|The University of Texas at Arlington||Arlington||TX||20424|
|George Washington University||Washington||DC||20527|
|University of Akron Main Campus||Akron||OH||21363|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia||PA||21853|
|University of Nebraska at Lincoln||Lincoln||NE||22268|
|University of Virginia - Main Campus||Charlottesville||VA||22411|
|University of Kentucky||Lexington||KY||23114|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||Richmond||VA||24066|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||Chicago||IL||24942|
|University of Utah||Salt Lake City||UT||24948|
|California State University - Sacramento||Sacramento||CA||25714|
|University of California - Davis||Davis||CA||26094|
|University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus||Pittsburgh||PA||26329|
|Iowa State University||Ames||IA||26845|
|Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis||Indianapolis||IN||27525|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City||IA||28311|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles||CA||29194|
|Wayne State University||Detroit||MI||30408|
|University of California - Berkeley||Berkeley||CA||31277|
|Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College||Baton Rouge||LA||31527|
|University of Houston||Houston||TX||32123|
|University of Arizona||Tucson||AZ||34488|
|Rutgers University - New Brunswick/piscataway||New Brunswick||NJ||35236|
|University of South Florida||Tampa||FL||35561|
|University of Washington - Seattle Campus||Seattle||WA||36139|
|University of California - Los Angeles||Los Angeles||CA||36890|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor||MI||38103|
|University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign||Champaign||IL||38465|
|Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus||University Park||PA||40571|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||Madison||WI||40658|
|Michigan State University||East Lansing||MI||43366|
|Texas A & M University||College Station||TX||44026|
|Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus||Tempe||AZ||44126|
|University of Florida||Gainesville||FL||45114|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||Minneapolis||MN||45481|
|Ohio State University - Main Campus||Columbus||OH||47952|
|The University of Texas at Austin||Austin||TX||49996|