Biomedical engineers utilize medicine, engineering principles, and biology to put together technological devices that solve medical problems. Bachelor’s degree programs in biomedical engineering technology focus on new methods to treat diseases and illnesses along with genetic engineering.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Programs in Biomedical Engineering Technology
Few schools, if any, offer bachelor’s degree programs in biomedical engineering technology; students enrolled in these programs can aspire for entry-level careers as technicians or technologists. Several schools offer biomedical engineering bachelor’s degree programs that are devised to train students for employment as biomedical engineers.
Coursework typically covers engineering classes, including subjects important to the medical field, such as physiology and sciences. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) typically accredits these baccalaureate programs. Universities and colleges offer most of these four-year programs; some are offered online. Coursework combines classroom instruction and lab experiences, in addition to internships and co-ops at healthcare facilities.
While admission criteria typically require incoming students to hold a GED certificate or a high school diploma, some programs may require prospective students to have completed a specific number of courses in sciences including biology and chemistry—and mathematics. Students enrolled in some programs may also be expected to have been among the highest rank of their graduating high school class.
Coursework typically is comprised of medical, natural sciences, and engineering topics. A senior project may be required to be completed by students. Core coursework may include topic areas such as:
•Electronic circuits and devices
Job and Wage Outlook
An above-average 27% job growth rate has been predicted for biomedical engineers over the 2012 – 2022 decade (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics); the growth projection is attributed to an increase in demand for medical devices and equipment, in addition to an aging population. In May 2012, biomedical engineers earned an average annual wage of $86,960 (BLS).
Continuing Education and Certification Information
Those that successfully complete the program may choose to join the workforce immediately or opt for continuing education by earning a master’s or doctorate degree in biomedical engineering. Coursework in these graduate degree programs expands on the coursework in the bachelor’s degree program and involves students in research with medical institutions and facilities within the proximity of the school. Graduates can choose from career options in medicine, academics, and research and development.
Licensure is mandatory in all 50 states for engineers that work directly with the public. To obtain the licensure, candidates must pass the state exam, have a degree from an ABET-accredited institution, and four years of work experience. Licensure from other states is recognized in most states.
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