Biomedical engineers, also known as bioengineers, apply engineering concepts to medical problems requiring expert knowledge of both engineering and human biology. This interdisciplinary approach aims to improve patient health care and quality of life through advancements in prostheses, pharmaceutical drugs and diagnostic and medical devices. Having a degree is essential to becoming a biomedical engineer.

Associate Degrees in Texas

Saint Philips College in San Antonio and Texas State Technical College in Harlingen, Waco and Marshall offer five-semester Associate of Applied Science biomedical engineering technology programs. These hands-on programs are designed for students seeking a career in health care technology management with a focus on medical devices. These degrees prepare students for the International Certification Commission and U.S. Certification Commission Healthcare Technology Management exams for biomedical equipment technicians and clinical engineers.

University of Texas

University of Texas is the largest biomedical engineering university in Texas, offering biomedical engineering courses at various levels and locations. The biomedical engineering degree program that started in Austin is now available in Arlington, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Health Science Center at Houston, Richardson and San Antonio. Bachelor of science, master of science, and doctor of philosophy degrees in biomedical engineering are available. Several faculty members are leaders in their field and internationally recognized.

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University in College Station, Kingsville and Corpus Christi offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in bioengineering. The Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering prepares students for graduate school in biomedical engineering as well as professional schools such as medical, dental and law. Master of Science, Master of Engineering, combined Master of Engineering with MBA, Doctor of Engineering and Ph.D. degrees are available.

Other Universities

Baylor University in Waco has B.S. and M.S. programs in biomedical engineering. Baylor offers joint bachelor and master degree programs. DeVry University in Irving has a bachelor's degree available in biomedical engineering technology. LeTourneau University in Longview offers a B.S. in biomedical engineering program. Rice University in Houston provides bachelors of science, professional masters, and doctor of philosophy degrees in bioengineering. A joint M.D. and Ph.D. degree is offered with Baylor College of Medicine. The University of Houston provides B.S., thesis and non-thesis M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering. Finally, Texas Tech University in Lubbock offers an M.S. in bioengineering. The program offers both a thesis option consisting of 24 hours of course work plus six hours of thesis research and a non-thesis option of only 36 hours of course work.

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