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Biomedical Engineering and Nursing (BME/BSN) Dual Degree


Duquesne University has the FIRST dual undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering and Nursing in the United States. Biomedical Engineers are charged with advancing healthcare treatment for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. A health care background with requisite clinical experience will greatly enhance a biomedical engineer's ability to solve clinical problems.

  • Fiver-year dual BME/BSN degree format is cost effective as it provides additional clinical knowledge and skills via a holistic nursing approach
  • Students will gain a deep clinical perspective and will learn to develop technologies and solve real clinical problems
  • Nurses are in the best position to assess the functional health status and technology needs of patients
  • Students will not only develop technologies to assist patients and create efficiencies for nurses in the hospital, outpatient, and home care arenas, but will also develop life-saving technologies for developing countries in a cost-effective manner.

How does the program work?

Once in their final year of Biomedical Engineering coursework, students are permitted to take courses toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with the fifth year of the program dedicated solely to completing all required Bachelor of Science in Nursing courses. At the end of five years, students will have earned a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Admission Information

High school students must first apply for admission to the Biomedical Engineering program. Once an accepted student has decided to come to Duquesne, he or she can then declare the BME/BSN dual major. BME students have until the second semester of their Sophomore year to declare the dual BME/BSN major. For application requirements, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Biomedical Engineering Program website

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