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Biomedical Engineering Concentration

Earn a Master's Degree Online from Purdue College of Engineering with Concentration in Biomedical Engineering

Whom It's For
This MSE/MS concentration is primarily aimed at working engineers focused on enhancing technical and scientific skills and knowledge that will advance their careers in the broad fields of biomedical engineering, bioengineering, and biotechnology. Useful background for this concentration includes undergraduate coursework in basic biology, mechanics, and statistics/ probability. The Biomedical Engineering option is a non-thesis program for professionals.

A unique feature of the Purdue biomedical engineering concentration is the emphasis on practical regulatory affairs at both the initial approval and later compliance stages. Students gain valuable in-depth knowledge of regulatory requirements as well as guided practice with effective regulatory document submissions. This advanced education in quality and regulatory compliance will prepare students for rapid integration into regulatory affairs teams in critical areas of the industry.

Program Eligibility
Students pursuing the Biomedical Engineering concentration must meet eligibility requirements for the MSE (Master of Science in Engineering) or MS (Master of Science) degree program.

Participating Faculty
Faculty for this MSE/MS concentration will come from the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and the various schools of engineering that participate in the distance education programs of the College.

For more than 30 years, biomedical engineering researchers at Purdue have been making cutting-edge breakthroughs improving lives around the world. Pacemakers that respond to exercise, implantable defibrillators, natural tissue repair devices, drug delivery systems, and biocompatible artificial joints are just a few of the products developed and brought to fruition by the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.

Working at the interface between biology and engineering, the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering is leading the way and creating solutions to the most difficult problems in medicine - often through innovative partnerships with industry. This realm, where research and engineering science converge and make optimum solutions possible, is critical to advancing health care in the 21st Century.

Degree Objectives
Professionals completing the Purdue BME concentration option will apply these unique learning sets in the workplace:

  • New technical and scientific knowledge in Biomedical Engineering
  • Skills in translating ideas to medical products
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare regulatory documentation
  • Heightened awareness of emerging technologies and novel biomedical engineering applications

Delivery Format
Courses taken from Purdue University are available primarily through streaming video over the internet and downloadable MPEG-4 files. Access the system requirements on our website.

Program Curriculum
The degree option in Biomedical Engineering requires completion of 30 credit hours of coursework. Of these, 18 credits must be from Purdue and 18 credits must be in engineering. Following admission, each student will have responsibility to develop a plan of study requiring approval of their academic advisory committee. A committee chair or primary advisor will work with the student to create a plan of study appropriate for his/ her current career situation and objectives for the future. A Plan of Study (POS) for the Biomedical Engineering concentration requires course credits from the areas listed below:

Biomedical Engineering Courses (6 credits)
BME 52100 Biosensors: Fundamentals and Applications
BME 54000 Orthopedic Biomechanics
BME 55100 Tissue Engineering
BME 58300 Biomaterials
BME 59500 Kinematics and Dynamics of Human Motion
Regulatory Engineering Courses (6 credits)
BME 59500* Preclinical and Clinical Study Design
BME 59500 Regulatory Compliance for Biomedical Devices
BME 59500 Regulatory Issues Surrounding Approval of Biomedical Devices
Quantitative / Analytical Courses (3 credits)
BME 59500 Biostatistics
Multivariate Analysis in Biostatistics is the preferred course for the Quantitative requirement.
Each of the courses listed below may also fulfill the Quantitative requirement:

Course Number   Course Name
ECE 60000 Random Variables and Signals
ECE 60200 Lumped System Theory
IE 53300 Industrial Applications of Statistics
MA 51100 Linear Algebra with Applications
MA 52500 Introduction to Complex Analysis
MA 52700 Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Physicists I
MA 52800 Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Physicists II
STAT 51400 Design of Experiments
STAT 51700 Statistical Inference
Life Science Courses (3 credits)
BIOL 59900 Quantitative Physiology
Professional Ethics Courses (1 credit)
BME 59500** Biomedical Engineering Ethics
Additional Graduate Courses*** (11 credits)
  Students select courses of interest; at least 3 credit hours must be in engineering.
  Visit our distance course planning guide for course times and detailed description.
* Preclinical and Clinical Study Design is a 2 credit hour course.
** Biomedical Engineering Ethics is a 1 credit hour course.
*** All courses are 3 credit hours except those listed above.
A Graduate Seminar course (optional - no credit) will be made available each semester to registered distance students who wish to gain a broad perspective on the rapidly growing field of biomedical engineering.

Courses in the BME concentration are currently under development. For an overview of BME courses access the roll-out schedule. Course details will be posted on the Purdue course planning guide as they become available.

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