Bethesda, MD, Electronics Engineering Technology Schools
About six schools in the Bethesda area offer programs in electronics engineering technology. This article explores three of them and the programs they offer. None are more than 40 minutes from the city center. Also included in this article is a table of information about each school, such as enrollment, tuition, graduation rates and school type, that can help prospective students decide where to pursue their education. At the end of the article are some facts about a few other area schools that offer relevant programs.
- Capitol Technology College is the only four-year school in the Bethesda area that offers a bachelor's program in electronics engineering technology. It also has an associate's degree program in wireless engineering technology. This school is around 15 miles from downtown.
- Although Howard Community College doesn't have a program directly in electronics engineering technology, students can find an electronics technology certificate and associate program that can prepare them for relevant careers. Howard is about 19 miles from downtown Bethesda.
- The University of the District of Columbia offers a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering which covers topics and courses relevant to electronics engineering technology. This school is about five miles from downtown.
Comparison of Schools
Individuals should consider many factors when deciding what school to attend. The following table offers data regarding important areas, putting it together in a format that makes it simple to compare these institutions.
|Capitol Technology College||Howard Community College||University of the District of Columbia|
|School Type||Four-year; private, non-profit||Two-year, public||Four-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||736*||9,476*||4,247*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Small city||Large city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$24,788*||$3,888 in-district; $5,880 in-state; $6,960 out-of-state*||$5,756 in-state; $12,092 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||100%*||57%*||83%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||75%*||N/A - open admissions*||N/A - open admissions*|
|Retention Rate for First-Time Students (2016-2017)||72% of full-time students*|| 69% of full-time students
48% of part-time students*
| 73% of full-time students
38% of part-time students*
|Graduation Rate (2014)||52% (for students who began in 2011)*||19% (for students who began in 2014)*||16% (for students who began in 2011)*|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics.
Capitol Technology College
Capitol Technology College offers two- and four-year degree programs in electronics engineering technology. Students have the option to take additional electives to specialize in areas other than electronics engineering technology, including control theory, computer design, microcontrollers and telecommunications.
Associate of Applied Science in Wireless Engineering Technology
Students must complete 62 credits in this program. Courses in the two-year program include electronic devices and circuits, digital electronics, DC/AC circuits, control theory, circuit analysis and microcontrollers. The program also requires students to complete a total of five math and science courses.
Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology
The bachelor's degree program at Capitol College requires students to complete 121 credits. The courses in the program include digital design, AC/DC circuits, digital electronics, network analysis, circuit design, communications circuits, microcontroller system design, circuit simulation and fiber optic communications. Students in the four-year program also complete courses in chemistry, mathematics, English and humanities.
Howard Community College
The school's Science, Engineering and Technology Division offers electronics technology training through a certificate program and a two-year degree program. Both programs offer courses and cover concepts useful for electronics engineering technology professionals.
Electronics Technology Certificate
The electronics technology certificate program requires students to complete 18 credits and can prepare them for electronics engineering technician positions. Required courses include digital and electronic circuits, network cabling systems, linear electronics and personal computer systems repair. Students can complete the program in two semesters.
Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology
Students in the associate degree program complete 60 credits, which may be transferrable to a four-year institution. Courses useful for electronics engineering technology workers include digital circuits, electronic circuits, operating systems and computer systems repair. In addition to electronics technology courses, students must complete general education courses like English composition, humanities, physical science and mathematics. Students who complete the program should be prepared for the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification exam.
University of the District of Columbia
This four-year public university offers a bachelor's degree program in electrical engineering that is accredited by ABET. This program is housed in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
This program is offered in an eight-semester format and students will need to complete 128 credits of coursework. Areas that will be covered include physical electronics, engineering mechanics, control systems, electrical circuits, electromagnetic theory, electronics and linear algebra. Students must also complete two capstone courses to complete this program.
Other School Options
Students can pursue associate degrees in electronics engineering technology at Anne Arundel Community College, which is about 43 miles from Bethesda. The College of Southern Maryland, which is about 50 miles from downtown Bethesda, offers an associate degree program in electronics engineering technology.