Accreditation and Objectives

Accreditation and Objectives

ABET Accreditation

ABET is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET is a federation of 35 professional and technical societies representing these fields. Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the United States, ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 90 years.

ABET accredits over 4,500 programs at 895 colleges and universities in 40 countries. Over 2,200 dedicated volunteers participate annually in ABET evaluation activities.

Biomedical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Bioengineering and Biomedical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria.

Program Objectives

The educational objectives for the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (BSBE) program are:

  1. Graduates of the BSBE program will create innovative engineering solutions to problems in the life sciences and clinical applications such as medicine, dentistry, nursing and physical therapy.
  2. Graduates of the BSBE program who enter the workforce will demonstrate their success by (for example):
    1. Obtaining their first promotion,
    2. Being a productive member of an engineering and/or clinical team,
    3. Demonstrating individual technical capability,
    4. Developing a new biomedical device, process or support for biomedical devices
    5. Generating high-quality technical documentation,
    6. Pursuing continuing education.
    7. Supporting clinical studies
  3. Graduates of the BSBE program who go on to full-time graduate or professional study have the ability to succeed by (for example):
    1. Being accepted to an accredited professional program,
    2. Earning a master's degree,
    3. Having made satisfactory progress toward a doctorate and/or other professional degree.
  4. Graduates of the BSBE program will function as productive members of the profession and society with an understanding of the social, ethical, environmental, economic and global ramifications of their work as demonstrated by some of the following (for example):
    1. Membership in professional organizations
    2. Community service
    3. Evidence of commitment to life-long learning
    4. Certifications/license

Student Outcomes for the Department of Biomedical Engineering Graduates will have the following:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.