In general, biomedical technicians design, maintain and repair medical equipment, and an undergraduate degree from a biomedical engineering technology program is usually required to work in the field. Unfortunately, prospective biomedical engineering technology students won't find any of these programs in New York. There are, however, some engineering programs that can prepare graduates for a career in the medical device industry or for designing and testing medical equipment used for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes. These are bachelor degree programs.
Students gain practical experience through capstone courses. In some cases, internships or co-ops may also be available. Read on to learn about the 3 programs in New York that train graduates to work in the field of biomedical engineering technology.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is located in Troy and offers a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering that's approved by ABET, Inc. (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). The 128-minimum credit program offers a concentration in bioimaging/bioinstrumentation, which may be particularly helpful for those interested in learning to maintain and repair medical equipment.
The bioimaging/bioinstrumentation emphasis provides students with instruction about imaging equipment and includes coursework in biophotonics, discrete time systems, health physics and the medical aspects of radiation, electronic instrumentation, embedded control, mechatronics and robotics. Classes are also taken in BioMEMs, signals and systems, electric circuits, biological and medical imaging and embedded controls.
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Located near Niagara Falls in Buffalo is the largest campus in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The University at Buffalo (UB) has an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering that prepares graduates for a number of career options, including biomedical device and instrumentation development.
Students who pursue the 133-credit program are advised to take classes in basic electronics, circuit analysis, chemistry, calculus and physics. While no formal concentration is offered, undergraduates may focus on biomedical technology by studying medical and radar imaging, BioMEMS, nanobiosensors, magnetic resonance imaging, biomedical electronics and microelectromechanical systems. Internships and cooperative work experiences are also available.
University of Rochester
The University of Rochester is situated in upstate New York and offers an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering through the Hajim School of Engineering. Through the concentration in biosignals and biosystems, students learn how to work with medical imaging equipment, biomedical instrumentation and biosignal processors, such as electrocardiograms and electromyograms.
Some of the required concentration coursework includes electronic devices and circuits, electromagnetic waves, biomedical computation and digital signal processing. Program participants also complete 2 capstone courses, through which they learn how to design and create a prototype for a medical device or instrument.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Biomedical Engineering Technology Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city||Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in bioimaging/bioinstrumentation||$49,341*|
|University at Buffalo||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering||$9,381, in-state; $24,461, out-of-state*|
|University of Rochester||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in biosignals and biosystems||$48,280*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.