The interdisciplinary curriculum will stress mastery of mathematical methods, programming ability in Matlab, LabView, R and other languages, and extensive experiences in fabrication of prototype medical devices. Though this program will incorporate strong, broad based engineering fundamentals, there will be a research focus in biomedical optics and biosensors. Nursing faculty will facilitate the education of students in the art and science of nursing to provide ethical, holistic, culturally competent, and population-based care in collaboration with a variety of health care systems.

In addition to learning engineering and nursing, students will benefit from class and clinical experiences that incorporate the Toyota Production System principles (used to address safety, cost and efficiency) and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses' Synergy Model.

The curriculum includes 208 Credit Hours, including 49 credit hours of engineering and 76 credits of nursing. In addition to math, science courses and labs and the Bridges Common Learning Experience, students will take the following courses.

Biomedical Engineering Courses - taken in years 1, 2 and 3Students working in lab

  • Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (BME)
  • Introduction to Programming for Engineers
  • Electronics I
  • Electronics II
  • BioSignals and Systems
  • Biofluid Mechanics
  • Engineering Computation
  • Introduction to Biomaterials
  • Thermodynamics
  • Research in BME
  • BME Electives
  • Capstone I and ll

Course Descriptions

Nursing Courses - primarily taken in years 4 and 5

  • Nutrition for Wellness
  • Human Development and Health Promotion
  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Health Assessment
  • Cultural Issues in Health Care
  • Contemporary Professional Nursing
  • Behavioral Health
  • Population Health
  • BME elective, Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice
  • Pharmacology
  • Nursing Ethics Across the Lifespan
  • Adult Health and Illness
  • Genetics in Nursing and Health
  • Nursing for Children's Health
  • Nursing for Maternal-Newborn Health
  • Gerontological Nursing Practice
  • Critically Ill Adult
  • Leadership & Management in Clinical Environments
  • Role Preparation
  • Evidence Based Approaches to Professional Nursing Practice

(courses subject to change)

BME/Nursing Sample Curriculum