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Biomedical Engineering and Nursing (BME/BSN) Dual Degree

Innovate Health Care

As a biomedical engineer, you will be charged with advancing health care treatment for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Having a health care background with clinical experience, especially in Nursing, can greatly enhance your ability to solve clinical problems. Nurses are in the best position to assess the functional health status and technology needs of patients.

Our program is the first dual undergraduate degree program in Biomedical Engineering and Nursing in the U.S. The dual format is cost effective as it provides additional clinical knowledge and skills via a holistic nursing approach. During this five-year program, you will not only gain a deep clinical perspective, but you will also solve real clinical problems and learn to develop technologies such as those that:

  • Assist patients and create efficiencies for nurses in the hospital, outpatient and home care arenas.
  • Are lifesaving and cost effective for developing countries.

How Does the Program Work?

High school students must first apply for admission to the Biomedical Engineering (BME) program. Once you are accepted to Duquesne University, you can declare the BME/BSN dual major. For application requirements, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

BME students have until the second semester of their sophomore year to declare the dual BME/BSN major.

You begin taking Nursing courses during Year 3 of the program, and most of your classes in Year 4 and Year 5 will be Nursing courses.

At the end of five years, you will have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

You are required to meet program outcomes for both the BME and BSN programs.

"The BME/BSN program has challenged me in my studies, but it gives insight into the medical field. Learning about technology that makes patient care efficient and safe and then using it in clinical settings has helped me to bridge the gap between medical technology development and the application of the technology in direct patient care. This program gives me an opportunity to help spearhead development and application of medical devices to increase quality of life and also increase a patient's return to their highest level of functioning."

—Timothy Pecoraro, BME/BSN student


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Contact BME Academic Advisor Justine Valenti at valenti815@duq.edu or 412.396.2662.

Contact Nursing Recruiter Brian Bost at bostb@duq.edu or 412.396.6539.

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Hear from Students about Their Experiences

Learn more about our program and hear from current nursing students by watching a recording of our most recent Accepted Students Day presentation.

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As your family explores Duquesne's School of Nursing, take a moment to hear from parents of Duquesne students talk about their experiences, including academics, living in Pittsburgh, and why they chose Duquesne University.


Additional Resources

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Viewbooks and Catalogs

Nursing Viewbook
University Viewbook
Undergraduate University Catalog

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Student Activities

Student/Professional Nursing Organizations
The Scope: A publication of the Duquesne University Student Nurses' Association

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Student Handbooks

Traditional BSN,Second Degree BSN and BME/BSN Student Handbook