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    • School of Engineering

      • Kirkbride Hall
      • tel: 610-499-4037
      • fax: 610-499-4059
    • Patricia Brown

      • Secretary of Biomedical Engineering
      • Kirkbride Hall, Room 269
      • tel: 610-499-4033

Program Objectives and Student Outcomes, Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering is the discipline in which experimental and analytical engineering principles and techniques are used to understand complex living systems and to develop devices, methods, and algorithms that improve the quality of human health and life.

The biomedical engineering degree offers graduates productive careers in a wide variety of health care-related industries and government agencies. Graduates are trained not only to have a core understanding of traditional engineering disciplines, but also to have an in-depth knowledge of the body and the interactions between products developed and living beings. Biomedical engineers play a critical role in the design of artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, health management and care delivery systems, medical devices used in various medical procedures, and imaging systems.

Technical electives in chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering can significantly broaden the career choices for biomedical engineering graduates and are highly recommended.

Program Objectives

The Widener University biomedical engineering program’s graduates are expected to:

  • Pursue a career in biomedical engineering or other related area in medicine, health professions, or law.
  • Further their education or professional development in advanced degrees, certifications, etc.
  • Communicate and work effectively with colleagues and develop personal and professional skills to obtain a leadership position within their chosen area.
  • Engage in continuous service to their profession and community.

Student Outcomes

Over the course of their studies, graduates from the biomedical engineering program will have demonstrated:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • An ability to apply principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations), and statistics to solve biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems.
  • An ability to analyze, model, design and realize biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes.
  • An ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems.