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Biomedical Engineering

Accreditation

Our program leading to the Bachelor of Engineering degree in Biomedical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives are defined by ABET as broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve. The undergraduate Program Objectives of the Biomedical Engineering program are as follows.

Graduates will:

  • Meet the expectations of employers in biomedical engineering and/or
  • Pursue advanced studies if desired and qualified

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. A set of 11 suggested outcomes are provided by ABET and these have been adopted by the program faculty of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. These outcomes are as follows:

Graduates of the Biomedical Engineering program will have:

a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g) an ability to communicate effectively
h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Student Enrollment and Graduation Rates

The official enrollment is determined each Fall on the 22nd day of class. As of Fall 2013, 307.5 undergraduate students were enrolled in the biomedical engineering program. Double majors are split evenly between the two major programs.

The School of Engineering conferred 59 Bachelor of Engineering degrees in biomedical engineering in May 2014. Statistics concerning graduation rates and job placement are maintained by the School of Engineering and can be viewed at:

https://engineering.vanderbilt.edu/docs/VUSE-Class-of-2014-Placement-Summary.pdf