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Co-ops in Biomedical Engineering

Metropolitan Philadelphia has one of the highest concentrations of medical institutions and pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in the nation.The bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering gives students access to a broad spectrum of career opportunities in medical device and equipment industry; prosthetics and assist devices industry; biomaterials and implants industry; and the telemedicine, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and agricultural sectors.

Biomedical engineering graduates are also ideally prepared for professional education in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and law. Those who choose to pursue graduate education can aim for careers in research and development, biomedical technology innovation and transfer, as well as health care technology management.

Drexel Co-op is one of the oldest and most expansive university cooperative education programs in the world. Students graduate with 6-18 months of full-time employment experience, depending on their choice of a 4-year or 5-year program. The majority of students in Biomedical Engineering choose the 5-year program and graduate with 18 months of full-time work experience, and often with a job offer from their third co-op employer or from a connection made from one of their co-op experiences.

Sample Co-op Schedules

4-Year and 5-Year options


Select Employers in 2016-17 for Biomedical Engineering Co-op Placements

  • Boeing Corporation
  • Boston Scientific
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Drexel University/Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Kensey Nash Corporation
  • Floyd Brace Company
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Integra Life Science Corporation
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Life Sensors
  • Merck
  • Moss Rehab
  • Regenesis Biomedical
  • Secant Medical
  • Skeletal Kinetics, LLC
  • Stryker Orthobiologics
  • Terumo Cardiovascular Systems
  • USDA Agricultural Research Service
  • University of Pennsylvania/Penn School of Medicine

International Co-op Placements in

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Germany
  • Singapore
  • Switzerland

Meet a Biomed Dragon

That Completed Clinical
Immersion Co-op

Joyanna Friedman

Joyanna Friedman
BS Student, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Concentration

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