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Biomedical Engineering, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #62 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
The Biomedical Engineering (BME) program offered by Vanderbilt University is the application of methods and concepts from engineering science and engineering technology to scientific and practical problems of medicine and health care. Biomedical engineers develop and design biomedical devices, systems, and processes. 
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Course Work/Recently Offered Courses

  • The Vanderbilt University Biomedical Engineering program is a pioneer in its field, offering the bachelor of engineering degree in biomedical engineering since 1968. The program was one of the first of its kind and remains one of the most well respected programs nationally. The undergraduate program is accredited by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), Inc.
  • The undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering (BME) requires a total of 127 credit hours which includes 12 hours of BME electives, 12 hours of technical electives, 6 hours of open electives and 18 hours of liberal arts electives in addition to core science and engineering courses. The 12 hours of BME electives gives each student the chance to dig deep into an area at the cutting edge of BME. Electives may include biophotonics, imaging, tissue engineering, bioMEMS, nanobiotechnology, and many other topics.  Within the BME core, each student will engage in a multidisciplinary capstone senior design project, which culminates in a school wide design presentation shortly before commencement.
  • In addition to a BME major, students may elect to double major in a variety of disciplines within Engineering (such as electrical or chemical engineering) as well as in any of the three other undergraduate schools. Students may also choose to combine some of their elective hours to pursue a minor in engineering management, sciences, humanities or the social sciences. The BME program facilitates completion of all pre-medical requirements without any course overload. Alternatively graduates may pursue advanced degrees in BME or other programs or seek jobs in industry with the support of the Center for Student Professional Development.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    127 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Introductory Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Materials
  • Physiological Transport Phenomena
  • Systems Physiology
  • Neuromuscular Mechanics and Physiology
  • Biomedical Engineering Laboratory
  • Bioelectricity
  • Foundations of Medical Imaging
  • Analysis of Biomedical Data
  • Signal Measurement and Analysis
  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Therapeutic Bioengineering
  • Biological Basis of Imaging
  • Quantitative and Functional Imaging
  • Modeling Living Systems for Therapeutic Bioengineering
  • Nanobiotechnology

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • All required parts of the Coalition Application, Common Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Optional for students applying for fall 2021 entry:  SAT or ACT scores 
  • Official results of the TOEFL, TOEFL Special Home Edition, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
    Living Costs

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