The field of medical biotechnology includes research and development of technology used in the medical, agricultural and pharmaceutical industries. Programs in medical biotechnology are available at 4-year colleges and universities.
Top 10 Medical Schools
The table below provides further information on top biotechnology colleges and schools.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degree Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Harvard University||Cambridge, MA||4-year, Private||Master's, Doctorate||$41,832|
|Stanford University||4-year, Private||Stanford, CA||Master's||$45,729|
|Johns Hopkins University||Baltimore, MD||4-year, Private||Master's, Doctorate||$48,710|
|University of California-San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||4-year, Public||Master's, Doctorate||$11,220 in state, $26,322 out of state|
|University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)||4-year, Private||Philadelphia, PA||Bachelor's, Master's||$31,068|
|Washington University in St. Louis||St. Louis, MO||4-year, Private||Master's||$47,300|
|Yale University||New Haven, CT||4-year, Private||Doctorate||$38,700|
|Columbia University||New York, NY||4-year, Private||Master's||$42,280|
|Duke University||Durham, NC||4-year, Private||Master's||$47,590|
|University of Chicago (Pritzker)||Chicago, IL||4-year, Private||Master's||$51,624|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
College Selection Criteria
Important considerations for selecting a medical biotechnology school include:
- Students may consider schools with cooperative education programs, which can provide paid hands-on experience.
- Consider schools with strong collaborative programs in chemistry, biology and engineering.
- Look for graduate schools offering externships with companies or research organizations to learn the entire process of budgeting, developing and marketing new products.
- Potential choose programs with faculty from a variety of academic backgrounds, including law and business, as well as medicine and pharmacology.
Bachelor of Science in Medical Biotechnology
Undergraduate programs take four years of full-time study to complete, two of which are spent focusing specifically on courses for the major. Some programs require internships, cooperative education experiences or research projects upon completion of coursework.
Master of Science in Biomedical Technology
Advanced 2-year programs in biomedical technology are interdisciplinary and combine research in biology, chemistry, math, business management and ethics. Depending on the school and the student's interests, a thesis or clinical internship may be required.
Biomedical technology programs are found at undergraduate and graduate degree levels. Internships are often required and a certification in medical technology may be available through certain programs.