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Prospective students interested in studying how engineering and technology can be applied to biology and medicine have several different types of certificate and degree programs to choose from in the state of Florida. Many colleges and universities in Florida offer programs in the closely related fields of bioengineering, biomedical engineering, biotechnology and biomedical engineering technology. Some of these programs are geared more toward the engineering aspects involved in the broad field of biomedical research and training, while others focus on the technological aspects of the field.
Students specifically interested in studying biomedical engineering technology have only four public school options available to them, all of which have been profiled below.
Located in Fort Lauderdale, Broward College offers prospective students one biomedical engineering technology certificate program. The program is designed for students who have earned an associate of applied science degree in biomedical engineering technology, though the college no longer offers this associate's degree itself. Students may be admitted based upon testing scores alone. To earn the advanced technical certificate, students must complete 20 semester hours of coursework through enrollment in six core classes. Courses topics include biomedical instrumentation, area networking, operating systems support, A+ Advanced, microprocessors and electronic communications. Students can use this certificate to help them gain immediate employment in the field. In addition to the previous degree expectations and prerequisite courses, interested students must hold a high school diploma or GED and have passed the college's PERT exam to be admitted to the program.
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ)
Jacksonville-based FSCJ has an associate of science degree program in biomedical engineering technology. The program is specifically designed for students planning to obtain entry-level employment servicing biomedical equipment or as technical sales representatives. Most graduates work in hospitals as interns, which often require a background check, a medical examination and the submission of immunization records in addition to the educational requirements. The degree program consists of 61 credits hours split between general education and professional-level courses. Students take courses in computer network systems, biomedical instrumentation and electronics throughout the course of the professional side of the program and are expected to earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all courses. Additional course and testing requirements must be met if a student plans to use the degree to transfer to a bachelor's program at a university.
Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College is located in the city of Miami. The college provides students with the opportunity to earn an associate's degree in biomedical engineering technology. The associate in science program requires students to complete 19 credits of general education coursework, including a computer course that culminates with a competency exam. 49 credits of coursework specific to the major are also required and include training in biology, chemistry, circuitry and electronics, medical terminology and technical-based mathematics. All students must choose between advanced digital circuits or electronic computer simulations for the elective course requirement of the degree. Most students use this degree to gain employment in different occupational roles in the allied health industry.
Santa Fe College (SF)
Gainesville's Santa Fe College (SF) offers prospective students an associate in science degree in biomedical engineering technology through the college's Perry Center, which is located in the nearby city of Alachua. The program aims to prepare students to enter the field of biomedical electronics in terms of the development, research, maintenance and manufacturing of technical equipment. Students are expected to complete 62 credit hours through in-class lectures and laboratory work, as well as a single semester internship at a local hospital or an equipment manufacturing firm. All coursework takes two years to complete, including attending the Summer semester. Courses are held two days a week and include topics ranging from AC and DC circuits and trigonometry to biomedical instruments and physics.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Biomedical Engineering Technology Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Broward College||4-year; public; large suburb*||Biomedical Engineering Technology Advanced Technical Certificate**||$2,753 in-state; $8,875 out-of-state*|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||4-year; public; large city*||AS in Biomedical Engineering Technology**||$2,830 in-state; $9,903 out-of-state*|
|Miami Dade College||4-year; public; large city*||AS in Biomedical Engineering Technology**||$2,834 in-state; $9,661 out-of-state*|
|Santa Fe College||4-year; public; midsize suburb*||AS in Biomedical Engineering Technology**||$2,541 in-state; $9,189 out-of-state*|
Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); **School websites.