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Best Columbus School for Biomedical Engineering Technology Degrees

Few schools in the Columbus, OH, area have top ranking biomedical engineering technology programs. Read on to find out more about what one of these top schools has to offer in this field of study, as well as tuition and degree information.

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Columbus, OH, students have very limited options when seeking a biomedical engineering technology education in the city. Based on rankings, school type and student population, the following university is considered a top school in Columbus for biomedical engineering studies:

  • Winner: Ohio State University is the largest (by enrollment) and only public postsecondary institution in or within 25 miles of Columbus that offers degree programs in biomedical engineering technology. Students can pursue an education in this field at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels.

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Category Ohio State University
Ranking #54 among Best National Universities and #18 among Top Public Schools (2015)*
Location Columbus, Ohio
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $10,037 (in-state); $25,757 (out-of-state)**
Biomedical Engineering Technology Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral
Biomedical Engineering Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013 78**
Most Popular Biomedical Engineering Technology Degree in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (63 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 83%**
Noteworthy Graduate biomedical engineering programs rank #45 among national universities (2014)*; undergraduate engineering programs rank #26 among national universities (2014)*

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator

Ohio State University

  • Co-op and internship opportunities available to biomedical engineering students
  • The Department of Biomedical Engineering hosts an annual conference
  • Students can join a campus chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society

Ohio State University (OSU) is one of the largest public universities in the U.S., enrolling more than 57,000 students in 14 colleges. It has more than 400 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Department of Biomedical Engineering is housed in the College of Engineering and awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

Students of the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering program learn the engineering and science needed to help research and develop technology for improving human health, including artificial organs and joints, imaging instruments, prosthetics and medical information management systems. A specific learning sequence starts with the physical sciences, such as chemistry, physics and math and moves on to organic chemistry and biology courses. Engineering and biomedical engineering technology concepts are woven throughout, leading to courses and labs in 'domain' areas such as bioimaging, biomaterials, nanobiotechnology and biotransport. Completion of a team-oriented final project is required.

Thesis and non-thesis options are available in the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering program. All students take an advanced core curriculum of statistics, physiology, ethics and anatomy. With help from their advisors, they develop individual study programs based on their domain interests. Thesis students must conduct an original research project, such as a biotechnology application for the eyes, heart or bones. Non-thesis students do a practicum or internship in a clinical, community or industry setting. Both groups write a final paper describing the results of their research or experience.

As in the master's program, candidates of the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering program create an individual study plan with their advisors and study the core curriculum of advanced topics. They select both major and minor areas of research interest, such as computer-assisted surgery or the development of implant tissues, from among the domain topics. In addition, they must develop, write and defend a dissertation based on the results of either an original research objective or a hypothesis, and prepare two scientific articles for publication in a scholarly journal.

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