Maryland has a very limited number of schools that offer degree programs that focus on the application of engineering and technology to the practice of biomedical research and treatment. Prospective students specifically interested in studying biomedical engineering technology have only one public school option, although there are a few programs available in the closely related fields of bioengineering, biomedical engineering and biotechnology within the state. Biomedical engineering technology certificate and degree programs involve the study of the technological aspects, rather than engineering aspects, of this broad field of study. Biomedical technicians use the knowledge and experience gained in a biomedical engineering technology program to design and service biomedical equipment. Students gain practical experience through laboratory classes.
Howard Community College (HCC)
Located in the city of Columbia, HCC offers prospective students one certificate and one associate's degree program in biomedical engineering technology. Both programs are offered through HCC's Science, Engineering and Technology Division and include instruction in several of the same subjects. The certificate program is geared toward electronic technicians who want to expand their career options. The program consists of a total of 30 credits. Course topics include anatomy and physiology, biomedical instrumentation, the health care system and technical physical science. Graduates of the program may find work as biomedical, X-ray service or coil repair technicians, among other related careers.
HCC's associate's degree program provides students with the background needed for employment as biomedical engineering technologists in manufacturing and health care facilities. Students are taught to evaluate, maintain and provide safety instructions for biomedical equipment. The program consists of general education and major-specific courses. Classes for the major include anatomy and physiology, biomedical instrumentation, personal computer systems repair, linear electronics and health care in the U.S. Students learn through theoretical-based, in-class lectures and hands-on laboratory work. They must complete 60 course credits to earn the associate's degree. Graduates of this degree program can expect to find work in a variety of health-care-related careers.
University of Maryland (UMD)
The flagship public university in the state, UMD offers an undergraduate program that results in a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering. The program offers a diverse and comprehensive curriculum, in which students begin with fundamental courses before working their way towards more complex topics. Entry-level courses include an introduction to the major and basic biology, while more advanced subjects include tissue engineering and biomechanics. The program concludes with a capstone project in which students complete a comprehensive project demonstrating the extent of their knowledge.
Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins' undergraduate program in biomedical engineering is a joint effort by the university's Whiting School of Engineering and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The dual hosting ensures that students receive a well-rounded education, and the curriculum provides students with a thorough understanding of mathematics, social sciences, and engineering. The program is usually completed in four years, but motivated students can graduate early or take advantage of other opportunities such as a minor, double major, or study abroad program.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Biomedical Engineering Technology Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Howard Community College||2-year; public; small city|| Biomedical Engineering Specialist Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering
|$3,698 in-district; $5,690 in-state; $6,770 out-of-state*|
|University of Maryland||4-year; public; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering||$9,996 in-state; $31,144 out-of-state*|
|Johns Hopkins University||4-year; private; large city||Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering||$48,710*|
Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).