Biomedical Engineering : Education

Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Biomedical Engineering is committed to investigation, innovation and translation of scientific discoveries to enhance patient care. Medical innovation is at the heart of our mission – indeed, our "calling" – and we have a proven track record of patenting and product commercialization.

Education Programs

Biomedical Engineering offers a full range of academic and research opportunities to high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

The department supports graduate research opportunities through Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, the University of Akron, The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, and the Molecular Medicine Ph.D. Program, which is supported by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute's "Med into Grad" award.

Graduate Student Programs

The Cleveland Clinic offers joint Ph.D. programs through formal partnerships with Cleveland State University (CSU), Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Kent State University (KSU) and the University of Akron (UA). Many Cleveland Clinic faculty also have adjunct, joint or primary appointments at CSU, CWRU, KSU and UA making it possible to complete the research requirements for a Ph.D. with an advisor at the Cleveland Clinic and graduate with a degree from one of these local universities.


Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland State University

University of Akron

For all programs, except Molecular Medicine, course work for the degree is taken at the university, although in the case of joint degree programs, some instructors may choose to have courses meet at the Clinic. In all cases, the student applicant must apply directly to the graduate school and the university program that they are interested in.


Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to do internships and co-ops in our laboratories. To be considered for a position in our department please complete an application through this link.

Students interested in a summer position must complete an application no later than April 15th for potential placement in our department.

Students interested in positions for the fall and spring can apply at any time and will receive notification within one month of applying.

 If you need additional information you can reach out to Robin Crotty, Supervisor BME Education,


High School Programs


High school students can pursue summer research opportunities through the Office of Civic Education Initiatives ( Multi-week senior projects can be arranged through Robin Crotty Education Coordinator,

At this time we are unable to offer short term shadowing opportunities or visit days.



Support for Students

Ph.D. students who have been accepted into the university degree programs, and have arranged to work with advisors at the Cleveland Clinic, are supported financially during their graduate studies with a research assistantship. The assistantship usually provides full tuition and a student stipend. Financial support for students is provided from funds that are designated specifically for graduate education. Stipends vary with university program.