Michigan Tech Online Engineering Certificates

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Develop skills and competencies in biomedical devices.

Medical Devices and Technologies—Graduate Certificate

Medical Devices and Technologies

Become part of the tremendous growth in medical technology sectors.

Learn the basics of medical imaging. Understand regulatory aspects of medical devices and packaging, as well as their miniaturization. Apply principles of design to diagnostics and wearables. Try out microelectromechanical system fabrication techniques. Completion of the requirements for this certification indicates specialization in medical devices and technologies.

3 + 1 courses in 3 semesters.

Department Biomedical Engineering
Admissions requirement BS in an engineering discipline.
Contact Sean J. Kirkpatrick
Length 3 + 1 courses in 2-3 semesters
Effort 3 hours per credit per week
Each course 3 credits, 1 credit
Total credits 9 + 1
Course type Online or on-campus
Cost Based on credits and course type
Already enrolled? Speak with your advisor.


Progress quickly with a compact curriculum.

Work with the program advisor to select courses that fit your interests and pre-requisite skills.

Take 10 credits of required courses.

The 1 credit project may take on various forms depending upon the needs and interests of the student. This is not a thesis. Examples of projects may include literature reviews, participation in a research project, or a work-related project that the student needs to complete at their place of employment.

BE 5410 - Medical Imaging

This course covers the physical nature of the interactions between the waves and matter, especially the biological tissues, principle imaging modalities used in modern medicine and the common techniques used for processing of the resulting images.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

BE 5670 - Micro & Nano Technologies

This course will introduce students to micro- and nano- technologies and the processes involved in their manufacturing. Particular emphasis will be on their use in biomedical applications. Goal is to provide information beneficial in research and development, and the industry.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

BE 5755 - Medical Devices

An introduction to medical devices used for diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment in clinical medicine. Topics covered include product planning, reliability, clinical trial design, regulatory as well as technical aspects of common medical devices.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

BE 5900 - Biomedical Engineering Masters Topics

Biomedical engineering courses will be offered as professional electives dependent upon the interest of the faculty.

  • Credits: variable to 6.0; May be repeated
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

The minimum completion time is two semesters.

Here is a typical schedule.

Fall Spring
BE 5670
BE 5755
BE 5410
BE 5900

Interested in taking a single, online course? Enroll as a non-degree seeking student.

Upon completion of the Certificate the student should be able to:

  1. Create device requirements for medical product design and development using fundamental knowledge of engineering, biomedicine, and biotechnology
  2. Integrate high-level engineering principles to solve specific biomedical problems related to medical devices and technologies.
  3. Apply knowledge of device development, manufacturing and regulatory requirements to real-life medical device design and development scenarios.

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We set out as the Michigan Mining School in 1885 to train mining engineers to better operate copper mines. Today, more than 60 percent of Michigan Tech students are enrolled in our 17 undergraduate and 29 graduate engineering programs across nine departments. Our students and curriculum embrace the spirit of hard work and fortitude our founders once had. Our online graduate courses are the same, robust classes taken by our doctorate and masters candidates, taught directly by highly regarded faculty, with outstanding support from staff. We invite working professionals to join these courses, bring their own experience and challenges as part of the discussion. Leverage the national reputation of Michigan Tech to advance your career in tech leadership.

Meet the online certified instructors.

Jingfeng Jiang Read Full Bio


Jingfeng Jiang

  • Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Graduate Program Director, Biomedical Engineering
  • PhD, Civil Engineering (Computational Mechanics), University of Kansas
  • MS, Computer Science, University of Kansas
  • MS, Structural Engineering (Structural Dynamics), Zhejiang University, China
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Zhejiang University, China


Dr. Jiang's research work straddles the border between biomechanics and biomedical imaging. He is actively developing image-based computational tools for easily transforming raw biomedical imaging data into simple but clinically/biologically relevant biomechanical parameters of soft tissue pathologies (e.g. elasticity) and blood flow characteristics (e.g. kinetic energy). His current and past work also involves close industrial collaborations with Siemens Healthcare, among others. Through these collaborations, Dr. Jiang has developed real-time prototype elastography software in clinical ultrasound scanners to analyze and improve characterization of breast lesions, which has been successfully verified through multi-center clinical trials. 

By leveraging his multidisciplinary experience on medical imaging, image/signal processing and biomechanics, Dr. Jiang is looking forward to further expanding collaborations and developing a research lab that focuses on developing tools for advanced image-based biomechanical analysis. Insight gained from these developments will hopefully provide both . . .

Sean Kirkpatrick Read Full Bio


Sean Kirkpatrick

  • Department Chair, Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • PhD, Biomechanics, University of Miami


Sean Kirkpatrick's primary area of research is biomedical optics, specializing in the biophysical applications of light scattering for assessing the mechanical, structural and biochemical nature of biological tissues and fluids, and synthetic biomaterials. Of particular interest to him is the theory and application of the laser speckle phenomenon, as well as other aspects of coherent imaging. Other research interests include optical nondestructive evaluation of materials and structures.

He is the author of over seventy professional publications and book chapters and has edited several books and other professional volumes. He regularly serves as a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and other agencies, as well as for numerous professional journals.

He is active in SPIE, the Optical Engineering Society and serves as the conference chair for the Conference on Optics in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative . . .

Smitha Rao Read Full Bio


Smitha Rao

  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington


Smitha Rao received her MS and PhD degrees from University of Texas at Arlington in Electrical Engineering in 2004 and 2009 respectively. She pursued her research interest as a principal scientist in a start-up company from 2010-2012. In 2012, she returned to academia as a faculty associate-research managing a laboratory, extending her research and gaining teaching experience. She is currently an assistant professor in the department of Biomedical Engineering at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI. Her research focuses on inter-disciplinary areas including MEMS, microfluidics, tissue engineering, nanofibers and nanoparticles with application in cancer studies, scaffolds, sensors and implantable devices.

Orhan Soykan

  • Professor of Practice, Biomedical Engineering
  • PhD Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics, Case Western Reserve University, 1990


Orhan Soykan joins the Department of Biomedical Engineering as a professor of practice. Soykan comes to Michigan Tech from YouGene Corporation in Fairfax, Va.

He received a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s in electrical engineering from Michigan Tech.

Soykan has 22 issued US patents and 47 published patent applications. He is also a senior member of IEEE and Advancing Science, Serving Society.