School and Ranking Information
Biomedical technology studies at schools within 100 miles of Virginia Beach, VA, are offered through various programs, including bioengineering, biochemistry and biological sciences. The following three schools are considered the top institutions for biomedical technology and related degree programs based on rankings, graduation rates and program offerings:
- Winner: Though located the farthest from Virginia Beach, Virginia Commonwealth University earns the top spot because of its high national and biological science program rankings and high graduation rate. It also awards by far the most degrees in this field. Biomedical technology programs are offered at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels.
- Runner Up #1: Old Dominion University's biomedical sciences program ranking and graduation rate, which is nearly comparable to Virginia Commonwealth University, help it to place second among the schools. Students can earn a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in this field.
- Runner Up #2: Since it is unranked and the smallest of the schools, Eastern Virginia Medical School places third. It is, however, located closest to Virginia Beach and awards the highest number of master's degrees in biomedical technology. Students can also pursue a doctorate.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Virginia Commonwealth University||Old Dominion University||Eastern Virginia Medical School|
|Ranking|| 14th among the best up-and-coming schools across the nation (2014)*
144th best graduate biological sciences program nationally (2010)*
61st best graduate biomedical engineering program nationally (2013)*
|181st best graduate biological sciences program nationally (2010)*||N/A|
|Location||Richmond, VA (93 miles from Virginia Beach)||Norfolk, VA (17 miles from Virginia Beach)||Norfolk, VA (16 miles from Virginia Beach)|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)|| $9,886 (in-state, undergraduate),
$23,913 (out-of-state, undergraduate);
$11,521 (in-state, graduate),
$21,585 (out-of-state, graduate)**
| $8,190 (in-state, undergraduate),
$22,230 (out-of-state, undergraduate);
$9,432 (in-state, graduate),
$23,532 (out-of-state, graduate)**
| $21,600 (in-state, graduate),
$23,186 (out-of-state, graduate)**
|Biomedical Sciences Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees||Bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees||Master's and doctorate degrees|
|Biomedical Sciences Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||119**||20**||30**|
|Most Popular Biomedical Sciences Degree Program 2011-2012||Postgraduate certificate in biomedical sciences (49 awarded)**||Bachelor's degree in biochemistry (13 awarded)**||Master's degree in biological and biomedical sciences (27 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2006 Entering Class||56%**||49%**||N/A|
|Noteworthy||Design expo allows students to showcase engineering and research projects||University has a number of affiliations with research centers that promote biomedical sciences||State-of-the-art research facilities for students to explore while enrolled|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator.
Winner: Virginia Commonwealth University
- School of Engineering covers 300,000 square-feet of campus space
- Many faculty members hold doctorate degrees and regularly conduct research
- Accelerated programs allow students to earn bachelor's and master's degrees in condensed time periods
This university offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degrees for students interested in the fields of biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, biomedical engineering, and biostatistics. For example, students can earn a Master of Science or a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Within the programs, students can choose to focus on molecular biology and genetics. Much of the curriculum focuses on research, since coursework covers experimental biochemistry and scientific integrity. Students can also explore programs in biomedical engineering. The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering program covers concepts like bioinstrumentation, medical imaging, and biomechanics. Within this program, students take classes in engineering, biomaterials, and electric circuits.
Runner-Up #1: Old Dominion University
- Department of Biological Sciences owns 320 acres of ecological reserves and natural areas
- Undergraduate students can lead research studies with help from faculty members
- Biology students can attend seminars about trends and research in the biological sciences
Students who enroll at this university can choose from undergraduate and graduate programs in biochemistry and biomedical engineering. The doctorate degree program in biomedical sciences, for example, is mainly research-based, which means students gain an in-depth understanding of research design and its application to the biological sciences field. Within the program, students can opt for a concentration in biological chemistry. In general, classes cover computational chemistry, organic chemistry, and biomedical sciences. A dissertation is required of all doctoral students. The school also has related programs in chemistry, biomedical engineering, and health sciences.
Runner-Up #2: Eastern Virginia Medical School
- Accelerated master's degree program takes 16 months to complete
- Internship opportunities for students
- Hands-on training allows students to work alongside faculty on research studies
This university allows students to earn a master's degree in biotechnology or a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences. The 16-month master's degree program trains students in the research process and teaches real-world skills that can be applied to internships and future careers in pharmaceuticals and biological sciences. Courses cover bioinformatics, imaging techniques, cell structure, and animal handling. An internship is a popular option within this program. The doctorate degree in biomedical sciences is an advanced program that gives students direct experience in the lab setting. All students take part in research, and a dissertation is a requirement for graduation. Courses cover biostatistics, tumor biology, endocrinology, and medical neuroscience.