Total Minimum Hours: 90 hours
For students with an approved masters degree: 60 hours minimum post-masters
For students without a masters degree: 90 hours minimum post-bachelors
Core courses 15 hours
Specialization courses 15 hours
Additional Electives or Directed Research for students without a masters degree 30 hours
Dissertation 30 hours
A minimum of 15 credits including:
GMS 6440 (3) Basic Medical Physiology OR
BME 6410(3) Engineering Physiology
GMS 6605 (3) Basic Medical Anatomy
PHC 6051 (3) Biostatistics II
BME 6000 (3) Biomedical Engineering
6931 (3) Selected Topics in Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical Engineering II
A minimum of 15 graduate credit hours selected from one of these areas of specialization. Directed Research courses in these areas can count as a part of these credits:
-Biomechanics and Biomaterials
Ph.D. Qualifying Examination, preferably to be completed by the end of the second year of study. The dissertation committee will evaluate a written dissertation proposal and an oral defense. Poor performance on the qualifying exam based on the judgment of the Committee may result in the student failing the exam. If a student does not pass on the first attempt, he/she may request in writing to repeat the Exam. Students who fail the Qualifying Examination the second time will be dismissed by the Major.
Dissertation (30 hours)
BME 7980 Ph.D. Dissertation
30 credits of dissertation research are required. 6 hours of Directed Research may be substituted for 6 Dissertation hours. As with other engineering Ph.D. degrees, evidence of the significance of the conducted research is provided by publication in appropriate refereed journals; with a minimum of 1 publication in a peer-reviewed journal, with the student as primary author. The expectation is that Ph.D. students will have 3 or more publications. The required journal publication must be based on your Dissertation research. Presentation at a conference or publication in a proceeding (even if refereed) is not sufficient.
Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships
Financially competitive teaching and research graduate assistantships and fellowships will be offered to incoming students. Of special importance are the research opportunities and support available through affiliated institutions including the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, the James Haley VA Hospital. In addition, particularly outstanding applicants will be nominated for university fellowships including Presidential Fellowships which provide competitive stipends plus tuition, fees and Health Insurance renewable for five years.
Doctoral graduates of this major have been prepared for and are successfully engaged in research careers in Government, Corporate, and University Laboratories. In addition, since much of Biomedical Engineering research translates directly into biomedical devices, drugs, and instrumentation, graduates have also been directly involved in technology transfer, including the establishment of new Biomedical Engineering related businesses.
As a valuable complement to graduate training in Biomedical Engineering, students are encouraged to also consider earning a graduate certificate particularly in the areas of:
Aging and Neuroscience
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Health Management and Leadership
Materials Science & Engineering
Regulatory Affairs Medical Devices.
Total Quality Management