Biomedical engineering technology programs are available at community colleges, 4-year colleges and universities. Programs might result in an undergraduate certificate, associate degree or bachelor's degree; graduate certificates are also available, though less common.
Schools with Biomedical Engineering Technician Programs
The table below provides information on some of the schools offering biomedical engineering technology programs.
|College/University||Location||Type of Institution||Programs Offered||Tuition and Fees (2016-2017)*|
|Broward College||Fort Lauderdale, FL||4-Year, primarily associate's, Public||Associate||$2,753 in-state, $8,875 out-of-state|
|Drexel University||Philadelphia, PA||2-Year, Public||Graduate Certificate||$33,024|
|Los Angeles Valley College||Valley Glen, CA||2-Year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$1,220 in-state, $7,538 out of state|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||2-Year, Public||Associate||$2,834 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state|
|Austin Community College||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Associate, Post-baccalaureate Certificate||$2,550 in-district, $10,890 in-state, $13,080 out-of-state|
|St. Petersburg College||Clearwater, FL||4-year, Public||Associate||$3,385 in-state, $11,667 out-of-state|
|Pennsylvania State University - New Kensington||New Kensington, PA||4-year, Public||Associate||$13,616 in-state, $20,496 out-of-state|
|Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis||Indianapolis, IA||4-year, Public||Associate, Bachelor's||$9,205 in-state, $29,791 out-of-state|
|Portland Community College||Portland, OR||2-year, Public||Associate||$3,802 in-state, $8,446 out-of-state|
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||Milwaukee, WI||2-year, Public||Associate||$4,426 in-state, $6,381 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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School Selection Criteria
Here are some considerations for students in this field:
- Prospective students may want to look into a school's laboratory facilities in order to make sure they will have access to the latest biomedical engineering technology and equipment.
- It can be helpful to look into the internship opportunities offered through a school in order to find out if training is available in a setting where a student someday hopes to work, such as a hospital or physical therapy clinic.
- Prospective students may want to look for programs that are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.
- Students may want to find out if a school has a relevant student organization, such as a Biomedical Engineering Technology Club, where they can meet like-minded students and take advantage of career preparation and networking opportunities.
Some schools offer certificate programs in biomedical equipment technology. The curriculum can prepare graduates for entry-level careers repairing medical equipment or for transfer to a degree program. Advanced certificates are also available to students who have an engineering degree in a different specialty and would like to receive training in medical devices.
Associate Degree Programs
Courses in associate's degree programs may be offered in lecture and seminar formats, as well as hands-on laboratory-based learning formats. Hands-on training teaches students how to utilize current technology so they are ready to enter the field as biomedical engineering technicians or medical equipment repair technicians upon graduation. Students may have opportunities to participate in internships. General education courses are also required.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Bachelor's degree programs in biomedical engineering technology incorporate instruction in medical equipment repair with fundamental physician assisting education. Classes expose aspiring technicians to basic medical procedures for diagnostics, assessments and evaluations. Some programs require students to participate in internships.
Biomedical engineering technician programs are found at the certificate, associate degree and bachelor's degree levels. Internships, hands on experience and utilization of up-to-date technology and techniques are common aspects of these programs.