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Biomedical Product Design Certificate

Certificate in Biomedical Product Design

The purpose of the certificate is to attract and serve regional professionals whose focus is on working in industry and who are seeking additional training in design and development of biomedical products. Also, because KU does not currently offer an undergraduate Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering degree, the Certificate in Biomedical Product Design offers additional training in Bioengineering, that will better prepare them for a career in industry and may be a step toward a graduate degree.

The certificate will prepare students to be more effective in their careers in private commercial firms or with entrepreneurship in a start-up company. Certificate in Biomedical Product Design may also serve part-time professional students as a stepping stone toward a graduate degree. 

The overall objective for the Certificate in Biomedical Product Design is to train students to apply bioengineering principles to biomedical product design.


Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the Certificate in Biomedical Product Design program are similar to the Bioengineering MS degree entrance requirements for the Biomedical Product Design & Development Track, though simplified.

Students will apply to the BIOE program for the Certificate in Biomedical Product Design. The application will include a resume and transcripts. The applications will undergo administrative review to ensure the applicant meets the minimum requirements. All applicants that meet the requirements will be admitted to the certificate program.

Students must meet the standard admission requirements of the University of Kansas Graduate School and the additional requirements below.

  • Undergraduate Bachelor's Degree with a GPA greater than 3.00 (out of 4.0) from a  post-secondary institution
  • Applicants for the Certificate in Biomedical Product Design should have a baccalaureate degree in engineering, the biological sciences, physical sciences, or a related field.
  • For applicants with degrees from non-USA institutions:
    • TOEFL – Scores commensurate with Graduate School requirements, or
    • IELTS – Scores commensurate with Graduate School requirements
  • In addition, the student must meet the coursework requirements below for regular admission. Students who do not meet these requirements at the time of application may be admitted provisionally.
    • General Coursework:
      • Mathematics through differential equations and linear algebra (MATH 220 and MATH 290; or equivalents)
      • One year of calculus-based physics (through PHSX 212, or the equivalent)
      • One course in general chemistry (CHEM 150 or 184, or the equivalent)
      • One course in molecular/cell/human biology (BIOL 100 or BIOL 150, or the equivalent)
    • Biomedical Product Design & Development preparation courses:
      • Science of Materials: ME 306 (or equivalent) (3); or ME 765 Biomaterials (can be as part of the certificate program) (3).
      • Computer Programming: ME 208/EECS 138/CPE 121 (or equivalent) (3).
      • Engineering Design: ME 501, CPE 613, EECS 501 (or equivalent) (3).
      • One of the following three options:
        • Statics, Dynamics and Mechanics of Materials: ME 211, CE 201, ME 320, ME 311, CE 310 (or equiv.) or ME 633 (as part of grad program)
        • Circuits/Electronics Lab: EECS 316, EECS 318 or equiv. (3)
        • Fluids: ME 510, CPE 511, or equiv. (3) OR ME 810 (as part of grad program)

Certificate Requirements

To receive the graduate Certificate in Biomedical Product Design, students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework with the following requirements:

Required Course (3 credit hours)

ME 760Biomedical Product Development3


Core Course (3 credit hours)

ME 696Design for Manufacturability3
ADS 560Topics in Design: _____ (must be an approved biomedical project)3
ADS 710Advanced Human Factors in Interaction Design3


Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

BIOE 802Bioengineering Internship3
ME 765Biomaterials3
ME 767Molecular Biomimetics3
ME 790Special Topics: _____ (Bioadditive Manufacturing and/or Biomedical Microdevices)3
C&PE 715Topics in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering: _____ (Drug Delivery and/or Polymer Science3
C&PE 752Tissue Engineering3
EECS 644Introduction to Digital Signal Processing3
EECS 721Antennas3
EECS 728Fiber-optic Measurement and Sensors3
EECS 738Machine Learning3
EECS 741Computer Vision3
C&PE 676Principles of Biomolecular Engineering3
C&PE 686Bioprocess Engineering3


Any core course not used to fulfill the core requirement or other Design course(s) as approved by the Bioengineering Program Director

If you have questions about the graduate Biomedical Product Design Certificate requirements and/or process, please contact the Bioengineering Program (bioe@ku.edu) or the Program Director, Dr. Ken Fischer (fischer@ku.edu)