Online course designed for high school students

Biomedical Engineering: An Introduction to Medicine’s Future

Are you interested in how tech innovations have greatly improved the science of medicine? In this course, you’ll learn how the thriving discipline of biomedical engineering helps solve medical problems. You’ll delve into its range of related fields, discover the nuances of biocompatibility and explore artificial intelligence’s increasing impact. Learn how engineering and design help advance medicine, and consider whether this course could lead you to a college major or career path in medicine or biomedical engineering.

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Program Dates

Multiple two- and four-week sessions


For students ages 13+



See how medicine and engineering drive meaningful advances

Get an Overview of Biomedical Engineering

Review the history of the field, its relationship to medicine and other engineering and science disciplines, and ways biomedical engineering helps address some of the toughest medical challenges.

Learn How the Body Moves and Works

Study the basic anatomy and physiology of how the body moves, including skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. See how motion-capture technology measures movement. 

Explore the Meaning of Biocompatibility

Investigate how the immune system reacts to different materials. Learn what characteristics make an item a biomaterial, such as polymers, metals and ceramics. Study biological effects like clotting.

Measure and Analyze the Body: Instrumentation, Imaging and AI

Explore the technologies that enhance our understanding of the body’s inner workings, such as muscle and brain activity. See how sensors, imaging techniques, and AI capture detailed data on the body.

Envision the Future of Biomedical Engineering

Examine how today’s biomedical engineering (BME) technologies will become as “everyday” as hip replacements. Delve into neural interfaces, wearable and implantable devices, and regulations around BME.

Review College Majors and Careers in Biomedical Engineering

Explore potential career paths for those with a degree in biomedical engineering, such as doctor, medical AI engineer, biomedical scientist/researcher, rehabilitation engineer, and and quality assurance engineering.

How You Will Benefit

A young student taking an online pre-college course in biomedical engineering.

  • Be able to define the fundamentals of biomedical engineering
  • Discover how BME merges different engineering and scientific fields to solve medical problems
  • Gain the knowledge to explain the areas that define BME, including anatomy, physiology, biomaterials, instrumentation, and imaging
  • Be able to apply the engineering design process, from assessing user needs to conducting verification and validation testing
  • Be able to discern how the immune system reacts to different materials, including biomaterials
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Case Western Reserve University

Apply Now for the Next Available Course

June 9 - June 23

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1,295.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 2, 2024

June 23 - July 7

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1,295.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 16, 2024

July 7 - July 21

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $1,295.00

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2024

All course options, whether two or four weeks, have the identical educational content, learning materials, and number of assignments. We provide the option of a condensed version of the course to accommodate students’ individual schedules.

3 Learning Advantages Designed for You

Flexible Learning

  • 100% online, works with your schedule
  • 20 to 25 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support
  • A flexible format: You’ll learn through engaging video and can tune in anytime that works for you
  • Engage with students from around the world


You’ll receive guidance from a mentor who can answer questions and provide support throughout the course. You can expect:

  • Encouragement and direction on all assignments
  • Inspiration and motivation to help you succeed
  • Brainstorming and ideation help as you prepare for your final project

Final Project

Develop and test a biomedical engineering device that enables someone with a below-the-elbow amputation to play cards using only one hand. 

  • Brainstorm potential devices and use materials available to you, such as household office supplies, to create a prototype of your best idea.
  • Submit a final presentation that pitches your biomedical solution and explains how you arrived at your idea.

Course designed by Case Western Reserve University

Matt Williams | Biomedical Engineering Course Instructor | Case Western Reserve

Matt Williams, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Matt Williams’ course offers an emphasis on experiential learning, which includes engineering design, programming, data acquisition/processing, and fabrication. His research interests focus on the control of prosthetics and assistive technology for stroke and spinal cord injury.

How to Apply

It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Just provide some basic information and tell us why you wish to take this program.

Note: Please submit all application materials in English.

Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes of your time to answer the questions.

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Frequently asked questions

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We offer need-based pre-college program scholarships in each cohort to students who need assistance with the program cost. The scholarship application is a part of the overall program application. 

If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you:

The University reserves the right to modify the course as may become necessary.