Clinical Engineering - Master of Science in Clinical Engineering

The Master of Science in Clinical Engineering offers research (thesis) and course intensive (non-thesis) options, mostly in an online format. The mission of the program is to prepare students who wish to either pursue professional employment in the medical device industry and hospitals, or obtain a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering. The unique features of this program are: (i) a required course in hospital rotation and (ii) a required internship in the medical or allied industry or in a hospital setting. The department faculty have active medical research projects in the areas of biomedical devices, tissue engineering, biomaterials, molecular simulation, biomechanics, biosensors, biophotonics, and enzyme treatment.

Program Requirements 

CPB 502Introduction to Clinical Engineering3
CPB 535Clinical Engineering Laboratory2
CPB 552Introduction to FDA Regulations and Medical Device Laws3
CPB 545Hospital Instrumentation3
CPB 548Hospital Rotation3
CPB 528Engineering Principles in Medical Device Design3
CPB 614Clinical Trials and Data Analysis3
CPB 622Engineering of Clinical Devices3
EGM 511Leading and Managing Projects3
or MGT 553 Quality Management Systems
or MGT 551 Operations Planning and Scheduling
or MGT 644 Leadership, Change & Cross-Cultural Management
or MGT 654 Strategic Human Resource Management
CPB 600Graduate Seminar2
CPB 640Internship0-6
Complete the following for thesis option 16
Research for Master's Thesis
Complete the following for non-thesis option 1
Industrial Practicum
Medical Device Development and Regulatory Considerations
Fundamentals of Tissue Engineering
Leading and Managing Projects
Quality Management Systems
Operations Planning and Scheduling
Leadership, Change & Cross-Cultural Management
Strategic Human Resource Management
Total Credit Hours34-40

Note: Every student enrolled in the program is required to engage in research and exploration of frontline issues related to clinical engineering and medical device design and development. This is a research-oriented program with emphasis on creating new knowledge.

For the thesis option, all students must complete a total of 34 semester hours, complete a research thesis (CPB 700 - Research for Master's Thesis, 6 hours) and pass a final examination. The major difference between the thesis and non-thesis options is while the former involves the creation and application of fundamental knowledge, the latter emphasizes research on application of the current knowledge (such as design) and innovation. Students in the non-thesis option will take the same number of credit hours (34) as for the thesis option, but will replace the six credit hours of CPB 700 with an industrial practicum (CPB 710, 3 hours) and an additional elective (3 hours). Non-thesis students must complete a research project under the supervision of a faculty member, write a comprehensive report, and make a formal presentation to a team of three faculty. This will constitute the final exam for the student. Each of these experiences (thesis or non-thesis) will include a written report detailing the research done, the plan developed for the student’s activities, and a reflection on how they were successful in executing the work undertaken. The culminating experiences are the research thesis for the thesis option and the industrial practicum for the non-thesis.