Academic Degree and Certification Programs
The School supports academic programs in
three areas: biomedical engineering, biomedical science,
and health systems. While these areas are different in
their applications and clientele, there are certain common themes
which run through all three programs. These themes are based upon
our best estimates about future developments in science, engineering,
and health care. While it is always somewhat risky to predict
the future, certain trends appear to be inevitable:
Those three main themes:
In partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business Administration, the College of Information Systems and Technology, and the School of Environmental Science, Engineering, and Policy, the School is developing academic programs in Health Systems. These programs were designed to respond to a growing need among health care professionals for training in business administration, communication skills, computer systems, informatics, instrumentation, and quantitative analysis. The first of these programs, an undergraduate upper curriculum, Health Systems and Technology , will begin in Winter 1998. The general goal of this program is to provide an educational 'upgrade' path for individuals with training and/or experience in allied health care fields. It is specifically geared towards providing a path to a bachelor's of science degree for those with associate degrees in the allied health professions. The areas covered reflect the needs of the market and include: computer systems; informatics; business skills in fiscal management, marketing, and personnel issues; training in professional communications, including technical presentations and proposal preparation; biomedical instrumentation; quantitative analysis, environmental health and safety issues; and psychology especially relevant to those in health care. The program is designed for individuals engaged in full-time employment and is managed jointly by School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems and the College of Evening and Professional Studies. It is assumed that individuals will be entering the program with the equivalent of an Associates Degree in allied health or related specialty.
The modular design of the Health Systems and Technology major reflects the need for flexibility in providing educational opportunities. Although created as a program leading to a bachelor's degree, some potential students may only want or need educational enhancement in certain select areas. As a result, we are offering two levels of certification in addition the Bachelor's Degree. The first, or primary, level of certification is obtained by completing six of the flagship courses. These courses are:
The second level of certification involves completing all the coursework in a given module. The six certification modules presently available include:
The advantage of this approach is that it provides the student with three
options for their educational advancement, each level of which provides the
necessary education and credits for the next level. The flagship courses serve
as prerequisites for the modules, and certain modules, in turn, can be added
together to fulfill the requirements for the Bachelor's of Science. Thus, no
matter to what extend a student participates in this program, he or she gains
two advantages: the knowledge and skills provided by the actual coursework and
fulfillment of the requirements for the next level of the educational process.
Students need not stop their education with the B.S. - they may continue working
towards such graduate degrees as the Master's in Business Administration (M.B.A.)
or Master's in Biomedical Science. Since educational needs in healthcare management
and information systems are anticipated to rise sharply, a stand alone degree
program at the undergraduate level is under consideration. A counterpart graduate
certification program in Healthcare Management and Information Systems is also
slated to begin soon.
Cooperative Education and Career Opportunities
Metropolitan Philadelphia boasts one of the highest concentrations of medical and technical universities, health care institutions, medical device and systems, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The region is a living laboratory for biomedical engineer and science studies and offers unique opportunities. Principal employment and education opportunities enjoyed by our students are in:
The School faculty is world-renowned with specialties in engineering, sciences, clinical and health systems applications. Focus areas in research and education include ultrasound in biomedicine, medical imaging, biomedical signal processing, cardiovascular system, biomechanics, biomaterials, biosensors, tissue and cellular engineering, neuroengineering, biostatistics, computational biomedicine, medical devices. Research laboratories include Biomaterials Laboratory, Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Biomedical Signal Processing, Calhoun Comparative Medicine Laboratory, Cardiovascular Laboratory, Small Animal Chronobiology Laboratory, Imaging and Computer Vision Center, Computer Vision Center for Vertebrate Brain Mapping, Materials Research Laboratory, Scaling Signals and Systems Laboratory, Sensor/Bioelectrode Laboratory, Ultrasound Laboratories.
For more information contact School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems at (215)895-2215 or email@example.com.
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