The Sciences & Engineering Center

Health Sciences classrooms   ●   Immersive Learning Center   ●   Nutrition Lab   ●   Biomedical Engineering Center   ●   Department and Faculty Offices

WCU will launch its first engineering major, Biomedical Engineering, at a time when the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects a 23 percent growth in the number of biomedical jobs needed by 2024. By applying biology and science methodologies with engineering principals, students will be able to develop equipment, such as prosthetics, artificial organs, and imaging devices, as well as procedures that will ultimately help lessen a number of health problems found in populations around the globe.   

Housed on the first floor, the Biomedical Engineering Center will be the perfect complement to the nearby Immersive Learning Center where students training for careers in nursing and other health-care related fields will have the unique opportunity to master critical response training in a real-world hospital setting. The dynamic environment will feature technologically-advanced simulated patients or human-like robots that, with the touch of the instructor’s computer controls, experience cardiac arrest and a variety of other lifelike symptoms.

Students studying athletic training, psychology, social work, speech language pathology  and other disciplines will also be able to take advantage of simulated settings. Rooms will be designed to mimic patient exam rooms and home-care environments to allow students to become fully prepared to provide excellent care in a variety of professional surroundings. A modern nutrition lab will ensure that wellness and disease prevention are incorporated throughout the curriculum.

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