D.V.M./Ph.D. Degree Program

SBES offers a combination D.V.M. / Ph.D. degree designed to produce practicing veterinarians who are also proficient in biomedical engineering research.  The VMRCVM on the Virginia Tech campus has an existing D.V.M. / Ph.D. program through which interested students will initially apply.  Application to the Vet School for the veterinary degree is the first step, during which the student may indicate an interest in the dual degree program.  If accepted for the dual degree by the vet school, application to SBES follows through the VT Graduate School for the PhD component.  Students must meet the criteria of both DVM admission and SBES admission to be considered.  Currently only two slots a year are available, therefore the program is highly competitive.  The total length of the program is approximately 7 years.  Further details may be found here: http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/acad/grad/dvm_phd.asp.

Degree requirements for the Ph.D. part of this program will be the same as those for the regular SBES Ph.D. with the exception that the life science requirement and the SBES clinical rotation will be satisfied by courses and clinical rotations done at the veterinary school.

SBES Requirements for the Combination D.V.M. / Ph.D. Degree Program

Course Category

Course #
(VT # / WFU #)

Course Title / Information

No. Credits Required

Biomedical Engineering
(15 credits)

BMES 5054 / 601

Quantitative Cell Physiology I (required)

3

BMES 5064 / 606
Quantitative Organ Systems Physiology II (required)
3
5000 or 6000 level (600/700 at WFU)

9 credit hours of engineering courses approved by committee

9

Life Sciences
(3 credits)

 

Satisfied with DVM  courses

3**

Mathematics
(6 credits)

5000 - 6000 level
(600/700 at WFU)

Min. 6 credit hours (only 3 can be statistics)
(see approved list)

6

Electives
(9 - 24 credits)

5000 - 6000 level
(600/700 WFU)

Approved by advisory committee
9-24
Clinical Rotation
Satisfied by DVM Clinical Rotations
2**

Ethics
(0 credits)

Required by graduate schools
At VT: Included in Seminar course
At Wake Forest: Met by enrollment in three required professional courses
0

 

TOTAL COURSE CREDITS:
35-50

Dissertation Research
(40 – 55 credits)

BMES 7994

Research & Dissertation

40-55

Total Minimum Number of Credit Hours:
90
Seminar Credits
BMES 5944/708
Enrollment required every semester enrolled in the PhD BME program (excluding Medical semesters)
# semesters enrolled

 

 

** = Course credit hours are the same as for the single SBES Ph.D. degree, but the courses listed to satisfy these credits will be from the veterinary school, not the BME department.