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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. From translational research to clinical design, watch biomedical engineering undergraduate students discuss their life changing experiences they had through the co-op.

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


Angela Mamatas (Biomedical Engineering) stands next to a 400-L bioreactor

On her co-op, Angela Mamatas (Biomedical Engineering) stands next to a 400-L bioreactor used by Sanofi Pasteur's Bacterial Technology Department as part of the upstream process of making the Menactra vaccine.

Select Employers for Biomedical Engineering Co-op Placements

  • Avid Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • DSG, Inc.
  • DSM Biomedical
  • Essential Medical
  • Exponent
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • GlaxoSmithKline Globus Medical
  • Integra Life Science Corporation
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • K2M, Inc.
  • Merck
  • Penn Vet Working
  • Dog Center
  • Sanofi
  • Teleflex Medical
  • Terumo Medical Corporation
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • WuXi AppTec, Inc.

International Co-op Placements in

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

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Meet a Biomed Dragon

That Completed Clinical
Immersion Co-op


Emily Woodland
BS/MS Student, Biomedical Engineering

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