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Biomedical Engineering Receives First Accreditation

Widener University’s bachelor degree programs in biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering have been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET), the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. This is the first time Widener’s newly formed biomedical engineering program has been evaluated.

The ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

“Widener engineering has a proud 154 year history of preparing thousands of engineering students for successful careers in business, academia and government. With the new biomedical engineering program now joining the previously ABET accredited chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering programs, Widener offers students a wider range of exciting options,” Dr. Fred Akl, dean of the School of Engineering, said. “I congratulate our outstanding faculty and staff for their achievement in continuing to meet the highest standards in engineering education.”

Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision, and safety are of the utmost importance.

Developed by technical professionals from ABET’s member societies, ABET criteria focus on what students experience and learn. ABET accreditation reviews look at program curricula, faculty, facilities, and institutional support and are conducted by teams of highly skilled professionals from industry, academia, and government, with expertise in the ABET disciplines.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It currently accredits almost 3,500 programs at nearly 700 colleges and universities in 28 countries. More information about ABET, its member societies, and the accreditation criteria used to evaluate programs can be found at 

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. are proud to be a tobacco-free. Visit the university website,