Program Educational Objectives and Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science biomedical engineering program offered by the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Akron is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The educational objectives of the Biomedical Engineering program are to educate and graduate biomedical engineers who, within a few years of graduation, are expected to:

  1. Be viewed as technically competent at the interface between engineering and medicine as evidenced by:
      • creative and innovative problem solving
      • performance as a contributing team member
      • ethical and professional actions
      • an ability to interface with diverse constituencies.
      • a knowledge of intellectual property and federal regulations.

      1. Possess an ability to communicate effectively with written, oral and visual means in both technical and non-technical settings.

      2. Exhibit continual professional development by attendance at conferences, workshops and enrollment in course work at the post baccalaureate level.
          • attendance at conferences, workshops or other training courses
          • enrollment in graduate, medical or other professional schools
          • active participation in professional societies

          1. Exhibit continual professional service as evidenced by:
              • active participation in professional societies
              • service as a mentor

              1. Advance on their chosen career path.

              Student Outcomes

              Graduates of the undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering will possess:

              1. The ability to demonstrate a basic knowledge of biology, anatomy and physiology, fundamental engineering conservation laws and track-specific engineering principles as applied to biomedical engineering,
              2. The ability to devise, design and conduct biomedical engineering experiments and analyze the results, 
              3. The ability to design medical devices, systems or techniques to meet specific goals,
              4. The ability to participate effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team,
              5. The ability to recognize, define, evaluate and solve biomedical engineering problems, 
              6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility in biomedical engineering,
              7. The ability to communicate effectively to multi-disciplinary groups using written, oral and visual means,
              8. The ability to appreciate the impact of biomedical engineering on society,
              9. The ability to pursue/sustain active professional growth,
              10. A knowledge of contemporary issues in medicine and engineering, as well as an awareness of current developments in society and technology, 
              11. An ability to use modern techniques, skills and tools for biomedical engineering practice,
              12. The ability to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science and engineering to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology,
              13. The ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems, and
              14. The ability to address the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems.

              Enrollment and Graduation Data

              Fall 2018 enrollment in the Bachelor of Science biomedical engineering program is 409 students. There were 58 graduates of the program for the 2017-2018 academic year (includes summer 2017, fall 2017 and spring 2018 graduates).