Biomedical engineers solve problems by developing several medical- and health-related devices and procedures. Biomedical engineers also collaborate with life scientists, chemists and medical scientists to research new medical developments. Follow these steps to enter this fascinating field.
Do an Internet search on all colleges and universities that offer an accredited engineering program. These programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Apply to the schools of your choice.
Verify that you meet all of the admissions requirements to enter the engineering program. Take high school courses such as algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus. It's also a plus if you've taken biology, chemistry, physics, along with English and social studies.
Register for courses in mathematics, life and physical sciences, engineering technology, computer and laboratory classes. Skills related to these subjects will be needed when you apply for an entry-level job in biomedical engineering. Most engineering programs take four or five years to complete.
Choose your specialty. Students are required to gain some experience in mechanical and electronics engineering alongside biomedical engineering to work with medical devices or imaging such as MRIs. Specialties of biomedical engineering include biomechanics, medical imaging, biomaterials, orthopedic and rehabilitation engineering.
Decide which direction you want to take upon college graduation. Entry-level jobs are usually offered at offices, industrial plants and construction sites. Or, pursue a graduate degree if you wish to obtain a faculty or research position related to biomedical engineering.
- Biomedical and other engineers who work for the public must also take a two-part state exam to become licensed. College graduates who pass the Fundamentals in Engineering exam become engineers in training. Part two, Principles and Practice of Engineering, is taken after gaining some field-related work experience. Engineers who pass the exam are licensed as Professional Engineers (PE).
- It's not required to pursue a master's degree in engineering, but it is recommended. Many engineers seek master's degrees in other fields such as business administration to move into management positions.