As one of the first dozen accredited Biomedical Engineering programs in the U.S., our program has many unique features that attract excellent students from all over the world such as:
- Accreditation: Accredited since 1991 by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Catholic University has a longstanding tradition and success in training undergraduate and graduate biomedical engineers for various careers for industry, research, medical school, and other professional opportunities.
- Well-rounded Education: A strong liberal studies tradition at Catholic University provides graduates with a broad understanding of engineering as it relates to the global marketplace.
- Emphasis on Design: Upon arrival to Catholic University and during each academic year, students are given opportunities to develop and refine biomedical design skills in the areas of mechanical, instrumentation, software, and experimental design.
- Small Class Sizes: The majority of classes have less than 20 students thereby increasing opportunities for faculty-student interaction!
- Outstanding Faculty: Faculty in BE are experts in their respective research areas and bring real-world, contemporary challenges into the classroom. Extramurally funded faculty provide internship and research opportunities not only for graduate students, but also undergraduate students.
- Customized curriculum: A set of four undergrad tracks help meet the individual needs and aspirations of students: pre-medical; biomechanics and rehabilitation engineering; bioinstrumentation, medical imaging and telemedicine; and biomaterials and hard tissue engineering. Our innovative curriculum integrates theory and hands-on design experience
- Research collaborations: Close relationships with many metropolitan healthcare and research institutions allow students hands-on research and internship experience prior to graduation.
- Internships: An active internship program with nearby laboratories, hospitals, and industry permit students to experience and solve real-world problems in biomedical engineering. Our location in Washington D.C. allow our students to work in laboratories such as the Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, NASA and the National Rehabilitation Hospital.
- Study abroad: our students have the opportunity to study abroad in Asia.
- A pre-medicine track that enables students to complete all of their medical school entrance requirements while obtaining a degree in biomedical engineering in just four years.
- Joint degree: an opportunity to enroll in the 5-year bachelors/masters program in biomedical engineering.
While the above facets may be compelling from an academic and social standpoint, a key differentiator of our program from others is the foundational approach of educating the whole engineer... firmly rooted in our presence at The Catholic University of America, the only pontifical university in the United States. Here, our students are educated not only in the technical language of engineering, but also how to apply that knowledge in the context of a global society. As they mature as young men and women during these formative years, they can fully appreciate the impact of biomedical engineering on addressing the current and future needs of the region, the country, and the world.