Biomedical Engineering: Coming to WCU in Fall 2019

Offering innovative programs, renowned faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and affordable tuition, West Chester University is enjoying record enrollment numbers. With this in mind, the University is pleased to announce the founding of its newest industry-informed program, biomedical engineering.


Why Biomedical Engineering?

The outlook for biomedical engineers is extremely promising, often ranking as one of the fastest growing occupational fields. Major categories of employment include medical equipment and supplies manufacturing, scientific research and development, and pharmaceutical and drug manufacturing, the tenets of which already exist on campus. For years, West Chester University has partnered with prestigious universities like Case Western Reserve, Columbia, Penn State, and Thomas Jefferson to offer engineering programs—the fall 2019 semester will showcase the first engineering program taught completely at WCU.

The biomedical engineering program will be housed in the future Sciences & Engineering Center and The Commons building, the University's largest and most cutting-edge facility to date. This innovative 175,000 square-foot facility with advanced laboratories, modern academic program space, state-of-the-art simulation, as well as dedicated dining and conference services, is destined to transform the way WCU students think, work, and prepare for high-performance careers while redefining the University's landscape for all.


What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical engineering is the application of the principles and problem-solving techniques of engineering to healthcare professions. Biomedical engineers combine engineering principles with medical sciences to design and develop devices, equipment, computer systems, and software for applications in healthcare. In doing so, they advance fundamental concepts and create knowledge from the molecular to the organ systems levels and develop innovative materials, processes, implants, and informatics for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease; for patient rehabilitation; and for the improvement of health. From diagnosis and analysis to treatment and recovery, biomedical engineering has entered the public conscience through the proliferation of implantable medical devices such as artificial hips and cardiac pacemakers to the more futuristic technologies of 3-D printing of organs and stem cell engineering, improving human health and healthcare at all levels.

The outlook for biomedical engineers is extremely promising. For the past few years, biomedical engineering has been ranked as one of the fastest-growing occupational fields. CareerCast.com rated the field among the top 10%, recognizing it as a career with a bright future. Recently, CNNMoney named it as the number one job: biomedical engineers are well paid for a career that possesses a positive impact on people and their health. Major categories of employment include medical equipment and supplies manufacturing, scientific research and development, and pharmaceutical and drug manufacturing.

WCU biomedical engineering will offer students a solid foundation of engineering principles and many hands-on learning opportunities including:

  • Undergraduate research opportunities—students will work alongside faculty, researching new biomaterials and tissue engineering, biomechanics, or physiological instrumentation and measurements.

  • Practical experience—students will benefit from hands-on experience with senior design projects and possible internships in the medical device industry, medical research facilities, or hospitals.

  • Preparation for graduate study or medical school—the University's undergraduate program will offer the flexibility of pursuing graduate school in the field, earning a master's of science or PhD, or going to medical school.

  • Unprecedented access to faculty due to designed small program size—this program will stand out from others, as students will benefit from increased access to professors and research supervisors.

  • Competitive program cost—housing in a state university, WCU biomedical engineering costs are more affordable when compared to other universities.

Biomedical engineering combines an aptitude for problem solving and technical know-how with the focused study of biology, physics, and medicine to join the healthcare community in helping others and improving and advancing the quality of life for us all. It is this hybridization that has led to so much innovation, and so much opportunity.
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