Biomedical Engineering

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Program Description 

Thinking of prosthetics? Or working on medical devices? 

Rockhurst University’s biomedical engineering degree is an intersection of four booming fields: physics, medicine, engineering and mathematics. Of all the biomedical engineering schools and programs you’re researching, know that RU’s biomedical engineering degree program not only emphasizes medical engineering and physics, it also arms graduates with the problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills that are in high demand within today’s health care industry.

We’re proud to be one of the only undergraduate biomedical engineering schools in the region. Why? Because it’s a thriving field and one that appeals to students interested in medical engineering, medical school, graduate school, biomechanics, and even non-clinical careers in the health care industry. The biomedical engineering degree program is not for students seeking professional engineering licensure.

Learning Outcomes 

Graduates who earn a biomedical engineering degree from RU will be able to demonstrate:

  • A conceptual understanding of a wide range of applications of physics to the human body and health care devices. 
  • The ability to quantitatively analyze a wide range of situations using their understanding of selected topics from physics, biology, chemistry and engineering. 
  • Proficiency in oral and written scientific communication.
  • The ability to think critically and work independently.

Prospective Students 

Current Students 

Experiences 

  • Students experience a unique curriculum at the intersection of medicine, engineering and mathematics to prepare them for graduate programs and employment in the fast-growing, high-demand biomedical engineering industry.
  • By percentage, students in the biomedical engineering degree program have the highest score on the MCAT.
  • Students have the opportunity to join the Society of Physics Students.  
  • Students can become involved in Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society. 

Outcomes 

This degree opens the door for a number of biomedical engineering careers, such as positions at medical and health care device engineering firms. It also provides an opportunity to go to medical school or graduate school, focusing on areas such as biomedical physics, medical engineering, biomechanics, bioengineering, medical physics, and even non-technical areas like business.

What is a Biomedical Engineer?

Biomedical engineers and those with biomedical engineering degrees apply engineering principles to the fields of biology and health care. The scope of biomedical engineering careers spans everything from those who create wearable technology devices that aid physical therapy patients to the development of prosthetics, surgical devices, health care software and systems.

Biomedical engineers typically work in hospitals, universities, research and manufacturing facilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a median biomedical engineer salary was $88,040 in 2017.

There are many other options beyond becoming a biomedical engineer once you attain this degree:

  • Graduate school in Biomedical Physics, Biomechanics, Bioengineering, Medical Physics or other non-technical areas (e.g., business) 
  • Industry careers with a medical device or healthcare device engineering firm 
  • Medical school