Top Biomedical Engineering Schools
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, biomedical engineers made an average of over $80,000, as of May 2010. However, aspiring experts in biomedical engineering should learn how to find the top schools for this lucrative profession. Only the top graduates stand a good chance of entering the workforce and earning this rewarding salary while also helping society solve its medical problems.
U.S. News and World Report ranks the top master's-degree graduate programs in biomedical engineering. According to a report published online at its website, Johns Hopkins University is the top biomedical engineering school to get a master's degree. Other schools on the short list included Georgia Institute of Technology, UC-San Diego, Duke, University of Washington, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, Boston University, Rice, and Stanford University.
Of course, this is a short list of top bioengineering schools. These schools are very competitive for spots, and you can expect to need a solid GPA and meet other stringent requirements for acceptance.
What most aspiring biomedical engineers do is apply for one of more of the top schools as a dream pick and applying to lower-tier schools in case they are not accepted. This will allow students to continue with their studies without interruption instead of going for a top biomedical engineering school with an all-or-nothing approach and possibly getting rejected.
In the same Bureau of Labor Statistics report mentioned earlier, there are some 15,000 biomedical engineers working in the United States. That is a fairly good number for students not getting accepted at one of the top programs. Of course, it is highly advisable to have at least a master's degree in biomedical engineering if you expect to have a career in this competitive but rewarding job.
To find more graduate schools that teach biomedical engineering, use the database at the GradSchools website. This site has 226 schools listed in a search at the time of this writing. However, some of these are more general engineering graduate degree programs. Use the database results to contact individual schools and make sure you apply to more than one school that is not on the top-tier lists.
Although not usually a requirement, majoring in biomedical engineering at the undergraduate level may help you to advance to the graduate level and start a successful career as a biomedical engineer. You may run a search at the Education-Portal website for biomedical engineering undergraduate programs that award associate's and bachelor's degrees. Of course, you need a bachelor's degree in bioengineering or a related field to advance to graduate school, as an associate's degree is not going to do you much good in this field by itself. You will see the search parameters on the right side of the page. Enter the details to run a search.
U.S. News and World Report: List of Top Biomedical Engineering Schools
GradSchools: List of Biomedical Engineering Programs at the Graduate-School Level
Education-Portal Search Service for Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Programs