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Top Schools for Biomedical Engineering in the United States

Read about biomedical engineering programs, which focus on developing and testing health and biological products. Find out what three top schools have to offer in terms of degree options and rankings, and get an idea of what other universities in the U.S. provide training in biomedical engineering.

School Overviews

Three of the top schools for biomedical engineering include Johns Hopkins University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of California in San Diego. Both Johns Hopkins and the University of California offer a full range of programs leading to a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree; students at the Georgia Institute of Technology can earn a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science.

Top U.S. Schools with Biomedical Engineering Programs

1. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University is a 4-year private school that U.S. News & World Report ranked the number one college in the nation for biomedical engineering in 2010. The biomedical engineering program at Johns Hopkins is offered through the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design. Students in the biomedical engineering programs take courses from four university divisions, including the School of Arts and Sciences, the Applied Physics Laboratory, the School of Engineering and the School of Medicine. They also participate in research and clinical projects.

Successful completion of an undergraduate or graduate program can lead to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Master of Science (M.S.) in Engineering in Bioengineering Innovation and Design. The university also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Engineering, as well as post-doctoral fellowships and a neuroengineering training program.

2. Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, GA

Georgia Tech is a research-based university that made The Princeton Review's list of Best Value Colleges for 2011. The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, jointly administered by Georgia Tech and the Emory University School of Medicine, ranked second among bioengineering schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2010. The department offers a B.S. and an M.S. program with six areas of focus, including biomaterials and regenerative medicine, cardiovascular biology and biomechanics or cellular and biomolecular engineering. Students can also pursue focused studies in integrative biosystems, medical imaging and neuroengineering.

3. University of California - San Diego (UCSD) in La Jolla, CA

The University of California in San Diego was also included on The Princeton Review's list of Best Value Colleges for 2011. Its biomedical engineering school also shared second place with Georgia Tech in 2011, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Department of Bioengineering, located in the Jacobs School of Engineering, offers three undergraduate degrees in bioengineering, bioinformatics and biotechnology, as well as a unique 5-year B.S./M.S. program. Graduate programs can lead to an M.S. or a Ph.D.; a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) and Ph.D./Medical Doctor (M.D.) program are also available.

List of Ten Good Biomedical Engineering Schools

University Name Distinction Location
University of Washington Five National Academy of Engineering members Seattle, WA
Boston University Offers a post-B.S./Ph.D. program in biomedical engineering Boston, MA
University of California - San Diego 5-year B.S./M.S. in Biomedical Engineering La Jolla, CA
University of Pennsylvania Clinical Preceptorship in Biomedical Engineering Philadelphia, PA
Johns Hopkins University M.S. in Engineering in Bioengineering Innovation and Design Baltimore, MD
Georgia Institute of Technology Only university to have three National Institute of Health Centers of Excellence in Nanomedicine Atlanta, GA
Stanford University M.D. program with a Scholarly Concentration in Bioengineering Stanford, CA
Duke University Robert Malkin's Developing World Healthcare Technology Laboratory Durham, NC
Massachusetts Institute of Technology NIBIB/Biomechanics training program for doctoral students Cambridge, MA
Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) building Houston, TX

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