Here are some suggested areas of inquiry to help the prospective student and parent find a Biomedical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering Technology program which is paying attention to the industry career potential of the degree.
1. The success rate of actively searching graduates that have obtained a position in their field in industry within 6 months. This should be documented at the program website or in hard copy. It should be more than 85%. Ask how often the program checks their alumni. They should survey and report at least once a year.
2. The number of times a year that a program meets with its industry advisers. Once per year at a minimum twice a year is better.
3. Specific examples which demonstrate that the program is actually listening to the industry adviser input. Proof would be the use of industry standard software ( CAD, FEA, CFD, etc. ), electronic components ( cpu’s, a/d convertors, etc.), statistical packages, etc. in the laboratory environment.
3. Specific tracks, concentrations, specialties of 4 or more courses that give the graduate the basic background to competently design a subsystem or component in a medical device field or specialty ( imaging, sensors, bioreactors, prosthetics, biomechanics, biochemical engineering, etc. ) or a traditional field such as electronics, mechanics, chemical engineering, etc.
4. Laboratories for every science and engineering course.
5. Well defined internships, and co-op opportunities. Internship opportunities should require the cooperating institution to provide a substantive internship experience which meet specific career enhancing goals.