Rochester Institute of Technology

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Biomedical Engineering BS

Program Overview

The purpose of the BS degree program in Biomedical Engineering (BME) is to deliver a focused undergraduate engineering curriculum that targets the biomedical enterprise from a highly quantitative and analytically rigorous perspective.  Undergraduates will have the ability to contribute significantly to the development of new knowledge, understanding, and innovative solutions in the health care industry and across a wide variety of health care related applications. The biomedical engineering BS degree is a five-year program consisting of the following course requirements: biomedical engineering core, professional technical electives, science and mathematics, liberal arts, free electives, wellness education, and at least 50 weeks of cooperative education. The program culminates in the 5th year with a full year multidisciplinary capstone design experience that integrates engineering theory, principles, and processes within a collaborative environment that bridges engineering disciplines.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science

Enrollment

  • Approximately 50 students per year

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Undergraduate students are required to complete 50 weeks of co-op work assignments across two semesters and up to three summers beginning at the completion of their second year of study.

Salary Information

Coop:      $15.93/hr                                $8-$24/hr
BS:           $56,777                                   $45,000 - $70,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

Students will be educated to do the following:
  • Lead multi-disciplinary teams consisting of engineers and scientists focusing on engineering solutions for the human body.
  • Understand and quantify the inherent degree of variability inherent in human biology via a three course sequence in statistical analysis including design of experiments
  • Solve engineering problems by drawing on core science and wet lab training in general and analytic chemistry, physics, cell and molecular biology, immunology and biocompatibility.
  • Utilize significant mathematical training to formulate and solve biomedical problems
  • Examine human biology and physiology on a variety of length scales, and solve problems with the appropriate level of complexity.
  • Utilize a systems methodology: Break down complex biomedical problems or systems into fundamental pieces, analyze the pieces, and assess the interactions.
  • Display professional and ethical responsibility
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral fashion
  • Have the ability to extend their core training to keep pace with advances in biomedical engineering and health care.

Accreditation

Rochester Institute of Technology is fully accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA) of Colleges. The Biomedical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). 

Equipment & Facilities

The BME program has a strong emphasis on experiential learning. The department has a complete range of specialized laboratories with sophisticated technology for teaching and research. These labs include:
Bioexperiment Preparation Lab, Microfluidics, Materials & Cell Dynamics Lab, Cell Culture and Wetlab, High Performance Computing and Visualization Lab, Biomedical Signal & Imaging Analysis Lab, Student Projects Lab, Fabrication Lab, Integrated Neuroimaging (INI) Lab, Biomedical Modeling, Visualization & Image-guided Navigation Lab, Biomedical Instrumentation & Measurement Lab, Microscale Bioseparations Lab, The Biomimetic & Assistive Devices Lab, Microfluidics Fabrication Lab, Microscopy Lab, NanoBio Device Lab, Computer Teaching Lab

Nature of Work

Biomedical engineers analyze and design solutions to problems in biology and medicine, with the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of patient care. Biomedical engineers typically do the following:
  • Design systems and products, such as artificial internal organs, artificial devices that replace body parts, and machines for diagnosing medical problems
  • Install, adjust, maintain, repair, or provide technical support for biomedical equipment
  • Evaluate the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment
  • Train clinicians and other personnel on the proper use of equipment
  • Work with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists to research the engineering aspects of biological systems of humans and animals (Source:  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Training / Qualifications

Biomedical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from an accredited program to enter the occupation. Alternatively, they can get a bachelor’s degree in a different field of engineering and then either get a graduate degree in biomedical engineering or get on-the-job training in biomedical engineering. (Source:  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Outlook

Employment of biomedical engineers is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014-2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.  Growing technology and its application to medical equipment and devices, along with an aging population, will increase demand for the work of biomedical engineers. (Source:  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Titles

Biomedical Technician, Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET), Biomedical Engineer, Biomedical Electronics Technician, Biomedical Engineering Technician, Research Engineer, Professor, Biomedical Engineering Director, Biomedical Manager, Clinical Engineer (Source:  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Employment

Biomedical engineers held about 22,100 jobs in 2014. They work in a variety of settings, depending on the work they do. The industries that employed the most biomedical engineers in 2014 were as follows:
·         Medical equipment and supplies manufacturing
·         Scientific research and development services
·         Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing
·         Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private
·         General medical and surgical hospitals; state, local, and private (Source:  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Alkermes, Baxter, Bayer Health Care, Bio-Chem Fluidics, Blackbox Biometrics, Bristol-Myers Squibb, ConMed Corp, Greatbatch Medical, GuidePoint Labs, Integrated Nano Technologies, Johnson and Johnson - Janssen, LSI Solutions, National Institute of Standards & Technology, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Sanofi Pasteur, Strain Measurement Devices, Stryker Orthopedics, Vaccinex, Welch Allyn, Zimmer Biomet

Contact Us

For more information regarding the Biomedical Engineering program please contact:

Mindy Blake, Career Services Coordinator,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 585.475.5467
Rochester Institute of Technology, Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center, 57 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY  14623
585.475.2301; https://www.rit.edu/careerservices