Dual Degree BME /Nursing

Biomedical Engineering and Nursing (BS-BSN)

Duquesne University's Biomedical Engineering major and School of Nursing combine the sought-after credentials of Bachelor of Science Degrees in both biomedical engineering and nursing, becoming the first academic institution in the U.S. and globally to offer this dual degree to undergraduates. We are pleased to announce we were named "Most Innovative" biomedical engineering major by NerdScholar, due in part, to pioneering this new dual degree program.

The BS-BSN integrates clinical knowledge and patient care with engineering techniques in a single academic program:

  • The five-year program will provide students with a foundational body of knowledge that keeps patient care and practical application at the core of studies supporting innovations and technological advances.
  • Graduates will have the ability to be involved in all phases of biomedical innovation-from the identification of the clinical problem, through the development of a technical solution, to clinical outcomes evaluation.
  • 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.

Pittsburgh provides a perfect setting for students to access exceptional practical opportunities, and the program will build on Duquesne's existing connections with the city's hospitals, startups and medical institutions. Pittsburgh is widely recognized as a healthcare and biomedical innovation hub. Students can gain rich experiences leading to their capstone projects with healthcare and technology partners.

Nurse Engineers

Students will graduate with a distinctive set of credentials that will help them truly standout in a competitive job market. At the end of the program, they will have hands-on experience in biomedical engineering and direct patient care, the education required for licensure as a Registered Nurse, and a BME capstone project for which they will partner with healthcare providers to propose a solution to an unmet need in patient care. They will begin their careers with the preparation, knowledge, and worldview usually seen in someone with years of experience in the field.

With a combined background in biomedical engineering and nursing, graduates could develop technical solutions to health problems such as ways to use sensors to note physiologic changes and new applications for telehealth. Graduates could also create novel simulators to teach the increasing complex skills required in both fields.

Employment Outlook

Job opportunities for biomedical engineers are expected to grow much faster than average - 27 percent - between 2012 and 2022, and nursing jobs are expected to expand faster than average, by 19 percent, in the same timeframe, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With the combined knowledge and skills of the two disciplines, opportunities may be limitless for the nurse engineer.