Skills you can learn in an MS in Biomedical Diagnostics program

In a Biomedical Diagnostics MS program, students learn about the development and application of the tests and devices used by health practitioners every day to detect diseases and other medical conditions. These advancements help improve quality of care and improve access to health care coverage for patient populations.

Through a graduate program in biomedical diagnostics, you can earn valuable skills that can be put to use in clinical, research, pharmaceutical, finance, policy and business settings.

Below are five skills that can be learned through an online Master of Science in Biomedical Diagnostics program and how they can prepare you to succeed in your future career:

1. Analytical thinking

There has been an exciting shift in the biomedical diagnostics field from diagnosis via visual, tactile and audio inspection to molecular detection. Whereas traditional medical testing can be used to examine a population, molecular detection methods are tailored to the individual and search for indicators particular to a person's specific molecular makeup. This modern approach is called "precision medicine," and it requires superior analytical thinking skills.

If you are working in biomedical diagnostics, you must be able to dig through detailed data points and identify trends, patterns, outliers and other unique qualities of information sets. You then use this data to gain important insights that can inform the development of a medical device, its application or care plans for individuals.

Similar to how the rise of big data has created more personalized products and services, molecular detection and similar advancements are providing custom-fit health care solutions. Through lab work and courses such as Principles of Diagnostic Technology: Immunoassays, which examines the various detection methods of antibodies, an MS in Biomedical Diagnostics can help students learn the analytical and technical skills necessary to develop innovative, custom-fit healthcare, whether they work for a provider, diagnostic technology manufacturer or pharmaceutical sales team.

You can learn valuable skills in the biomedical diagnostics graduate program with ASU Online.

2. Communication

A career in biomedical diagnostics requires the ability to work well in teams. You must be able to break down larger projects into smaller deliverables, coordinate assignments among team members and track and measure your progress. This ability demands effective communication skills.

Through an MS in Biomedical Diagnostics program, you can learn how to present your findings and ideas constructively and collaborate well with others through the research and lab work requirements. You can improve not only your verbal skills, but your written ones as well, which are useful when drafting reports, case studies, memos and emails.

Good communication skills are essential in every potential career path in the biomedical diagnostics field. Policymakers will need to present persuasive arguments for the changes they wish to see. Clinical laboratory managers will need to coordinate teams. Business development directors will need to make strong cases for the strategies they wish to implement. No matter the role, effective communications skills are critical to success.

3. Problem-solving

Stagnation is rare in the biomedical devices world - every day on-the-job professionals in this field face new puzzles. Because of the ongoing development of technology and changing health needs, there is always an array of new challenges to overcome.

An MS in Biomedical Diagnostics program can help you sharpen your problem-solving skills and face complex puzzles with confidence. It aims to show you how to look at a problem from all sides and recognize that there may not always be just one solution. You can develop these abilities through an applied project, which emphasizes scientific inquiry through the exploration of a particular focus area.

The program can also help you develop your problem-solving skills for the workplace. Whether you're working with colleagues in a lab or reporting to the director of quality assurance at a large technology conglomerate, you need skills in conflict resolution to succeed. All colleagues on a project may not agree, or company leadership may have ideas that take your work in a new direction, but being able to disagree constructively and set forth an updated plan for success can help overcome these challenges.

4. How to 'learn'

Growth as a professional in biomedical diagnostics depends not on memorizing rote facts and figures, but on the nuances of how to learn. People who make progress toward their career goals grasp how to develop a deeper understanding of their field. They reject the notion that anything is set in stone and instead seek to find results for themselves. They constantly review their methods, seeing if there are ways they can improve their work, lab processes, business approach, etc.

Carl Yamashiro, associate research professor from the International School of Biomedical Diagnostics at Arizona State University, recalls one student he had who embraced delving into learning to make progress toward her goals.

"This student lacked self-confidence and often did not push herself to take on challenges head-on," Yamashiro said. "After several one-on-one meetings focusing on hear learning habits and work ethic, she was able to perform her work without fear of failure and to submit high-quality assignments."

By the time she graduated, she commented that the major accomplishment of her time in the program was that she had "learned how to learn," something that was not accomplished during her undergraduate studies.

Learning how to learn is a skill that can serve you well, in biomedical diagnostics. A commitment to in-depth, immersive and continuous learning expands your perspectives helps you strengthen your existing abilities and develop new skills. In an innovative field like biomedical diagnostics, a commitment to constant learning helps you stay relevant and competitive as a professional.

5. Decision-making

If you work in biomedical diagnostics, you'll be presented with an array of questions on a near-daily basis. What's the optimal way for a testing device to function? How can you change a payment model to be more accessible for a patient population? How can a hypothesis most effectively be tested? These are just some examples of the questions you may face.

Coming up with satisfactory answers to them requires fine-tuned decision-making skills, abilities that an MS in Biomedical Diagnostics degree can help you develop. As you learn about laboratory support management, health economics and payment models, immunology, diagnostic technology and other subjects, you can also study organizational hierarchies and how decisions are made in a variety of settings. You can study the groups of information and data that need to be taken into account to develop biomedical diagnostics approaches and how to think critically to overcome academic, research and professional challenges.

With these skills, you can make informed, confident decisions throughout your career, whether you're working in regulatory affairs, business development, R&D support or clinical laboratory management.

Developing your skills with ASU Online

These and other skills can be learned through the online MS in Biomedical Diagnostics program offered by the International School of Biomedical Diagnostics from Arizona State University. Through courses ranging from Immunology to Health Economics, Policy and Payment Models, you can develop your analytical, communication, problem-solving, learning and decision-making skills to help you for success in your career.

Learn more about the MS in Biomedical Diagnostics from ASU Online and how it can work for you.

Sources:
Carl Yamashiro Faculty Biography, Arizona State University
Online Master of Science in Biomedical Diagnostics from Arizona State University Online
Summary Report for Biomedical Engineers by O*Net Online
A Reality Check on the Biomedical Job Market by Johns Hopkins Medicine
Arizona State University Faculty-provided Guidance

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