Duquesne University Will Launch the Nation's First Biomedical Engineering & Nursing Degree

In addition to earning two bachelor degrees, graduates also will be licensed as registered nurses.


Duquesne University will launch its new undergraduate dual biomedical engineering and nursing degree fall 2015
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the job markets for biomedical engineers and nurses are expected to grow around 27 percent and 19 percent, respectively, by 2022. That statistic should make the fall 2015 launch of Duquesne University’s new undergraduate dual biomedical engineering and nursing degree all the more promising for prospective Dukes. Both nationally and globally, no other institution in academia has offered such an opportunity.

Students participating in the five-year program will gain clinical and patient-care skills, and they’ll also learn engineering principles and techniques to aid technological healthcare advancements. The program will employ both Toyota Production System principles — focusing on safety, cost and efficiency — and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses’ Synergy Model in its class and clinical offerings. In addition to earning two bachelor degrees, graduates also will be licensed as registered nurses.

WVU offers new path to executive MBA for nontraditional students 
West Virginia University’s University College and College of Business and Economics have reached a new agreement to permit students earning a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree, a general-education program designed for nontraditional students, to pursue an Executive MBA. Aimed at motivating adult learners to continue learning and advancing their skills, the RBA-EMBA will provide the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s and a professional degree by offering a class plan that will make transitioning from one degree to the next more concise and focused. A webinar introducing the new RBA-EMBA pathway will be generated for more than 400 current RBA students. WVU’s EMBA was ranked No. 23 by U.S. News & World Report for 2015.

Pitt's David Lawrence hall to see $7 million renovation
Two weeks ago, the University of Pittsburgh’s Property and Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees approved a $7.36 million renovation of David Lawrence Hall, which is the campus’ largest classroom building. While the hall’s main-floor auditorium has been home to many classes and ceremonies, contractors plan to divide it into two individual high-tech classrooms to minimize distance between instructors and students as well as create a more intimate environment. Both lecture halls will receive updated audio-visual technology and acoustics. The smaller lecture hall will seat 332 students with swing-away seats and tables; the larger hall seats 571 students in front of a large video screen.

The building’s 6,520-square-foot lobby also will become a large study spot for students, complete with small-group seating, while a mezzanine will add three 50-seat classrooms to the second floor. Anyone who has walked the stairwells of Lawrence during student rush hour, used its restrooms or sat in classes with fluctuating temperatures or poor lighting will appreciate upgrades to those features, too. Pitt says the project will create 36 new construction jobs and 14 new support jobs.

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