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July 23, 2013 > Biomedical Engineering: educational muscle

Biomedical Engineering: educational muscle

A variety of post-secondary educational institutions located in the Greater Tri-City Area serve students from near and far. Each institution - university, college, trade school - strives to provide quality training in a range of disciplines: aesthetic, scientific, theoretical and research endeavors. The goal of all educational forms is to prepare students to effectively participate in community affairs and enhance practical aspects of their environment. When students achieve this goal, their education has the muscle to drive personal and societal growth.

Two disciplines of rapid growth have been medicine and physics. Both have benefitted from technological advances that make an extended lifespan in good health a reality. As technology and medicine have entered into mutual embrace, boundaries between them have blurred; those with the technical expertise to straddle that indistinct border are pushing beyond what is currently possible toward an astonishing array of products, devices and procedures that have revolutionized the field of BioMedical Engineering.

The Greater Tri-City area has become a hub of activity in BioMedical development. It should not be a big surprise that in its midst, educational institutions have recognized and embraced this discipline as a primary field of study. DeVry University, for example, has firmly aligned its biomedical curriculum with the Twenty-First Century, yet remains dedicated to the concept of educating a complete person, versed in a broad range of skills.

DeVry classes are held year round, including communication and basic core curriculum leading to high level technical skills and a well-rounded bachelor's degree graduate in as little as three years. In high demand, many students of Biomedical engineering receive lucrative job offers prior to graduation. Some graduates elect to enter postgraduate studies at DeVry to prepare for top management positions.

A low faculty/student ratio allows DeVry counselors and professors to be sensitive to student aspirations and aptitude in a variety of disciplines. It is not uncommon for those currently working in allied fields or students in another course of study to become interested in exploring the expanding opportunities and applications of BioMedical Engineering. Financial rewards, job stability and inclusion in leading edge information are highly desirable.

DeVry is in an enviable position as a fully accredited and well-respected University located in the geographical heartland of BioMedical design, manufacturing and innovation. Associate Dean, College of Engineering & Information Sciences Dennis R. Mueller, Ph.D. says that through a range of curricula for degrees including Engineering Technology, Computer Sciences, Networking and Game Development, students are able to take advantage of expanding employment opportunities. Technical expertise plus background gained through core courses in communication skills, anatomy, physiology, biology and other sciences allows students to understand the source of data being processed. He adds that the breadth and depth of education provided is "transferrable across technologies."

In order to be and remain relevant to the growing technology of biomedical applications and research, students study basic electronics engineering - AC, DC, amplification, transistors, microprocessors, digital systems - and electronic systems related to biomedical equipment such as x-ray machines. Graduates are able to assist in the design, manufacture, repair and calibration of biomedical equipment. Program Dean, College of Engineering & Information Sciences Mack Mofidi, Ph.D. notes that students are "not taught in a vendor specific environment so they are not tied to a particular model or manufacturer."

The importance of this field is growing rapidly as sophisticated instruments and machines have become critical to examinations, diagnosis, therapy and surgical procedures. Biomedical Engineering students are in demand for careers in the design and sales of new equipment, clinical and research applications as well as hospital settings to monitor and calibrate surgical equipment even during surgery, if necessary.

Dr. Mofidi says that students entering the Biomedical Engineering program come from many walks of life including new high school graduates, transfers from related medical fields and nurses who have observed specialized equipment in action and seek more in-depth knowledge and a possible career change. In order to keep up with rapid changes of technology and equipment, DeVry invites visiting and adjunct professors with extensive experience in the industry and participates in the California Medical Instrumentation Association.

Internships in medical facilities, hospitals and biomedical companies are designed to give students practical field experience as well as provide industry contacts and information for DeVry professors. DeVry has formed both a national Industrial Advisory Committee and local committee including professionals from industry that meet during the year to review and consult, informing the school of the skills and knowledge expected of graduates.

For high school students interested in career opportunities through DeVry University, a "Passport 2 College" Program has been developed to allow qualified high school students to experience credited college courses without tuition or textbook charges. In addition, DeVry offers an overnight dormitory experience on campus during the year. More information about the Passport 2 College program can be found at: Devry.edu/passport2college or call Mr. Daniel Cardenas at (510) 574-1200.

To explore additional opportunities at DeVry University, Fremont Campus (6600 Dumbarton Cr., Fremont) visit: www.devry.edu or call (510) 574-1200.

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