Join the growing biomedical engineering technology field

The field of biomedical engineering technology is a bridge between healthcare and technology and can be your opportunity to make a difference in someone's life. Florida's abundance of healthcare facilities and medical device manufacturers is incresaing the need for biomedical engineering technicians who can put their knowledge of electronics, computers and biology to work for them.

This degree can fast-track you into a career with a healthcare institution, medical device manufacturer or service company, or even with an international organization dedicated to improving health care in third-world and developing countries. The courses also prepare you for industry certifications.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Hospitals, clinics, health maintenance organizations and managed care agencies
  • Companies that manufacture, install, manage and service medical equipment
  • Public health and government agencies

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Medical Equipment Repairers

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

4,170

2026

4,690

Percent Change

13

Projected Job Openings

430

SPC's Biomedical Engineering Technology A.S Degree

  • Was developed with the help of local employers to meet their workforce needs
  • Aligns with the Association for Advanced Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) national certification for Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET)
  • Prepares you for these nationally-recognized industry certifications
    • CBET (Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician)
    • CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management)
    • CompTIA A+ (Computing Technology Industry Association certification for service technicians)
  • Provides an internship
  • Gives you hands-on experience with medical devices
  • Focuses on electronics
  • Creates opportunities for networking with industry professionals

SKILLS you learn in SPC's Biomedical Engineering Technology A.S. Degree

  • How to select, install, test, calibrate, diagnose, maintain and repair sophisticated medical equipment and integrated technologies such as patient monitors, defibrillators, CAT scans,electrocardiograms, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasounds and x-ray machines
  • How to educate and support clinical staff in proper use of complex medical equipment
  • See the technical standards for this degree

Biomedical Engineering Technology Associate in Science

BMET-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2017 (535)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2017 (535), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



Program Leadership Information

Lara Sharp
Academic Program Director
727-398-8256
sharp.lara@spcollege.edu


Dr. Brian Bell
Lead Instructor
727-791-2401
bell.brian@spcollege.edu


Program Summary

The Associate of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology prepares students for employment in a healthcare related field in electronics. The program has a strong electronics workforce focus which includes industry tours, professional association meetings, and technical workshops by industry leaders in the manufacturing of medical technology. It is also a cross-curricular program with classes in computers, networking and biology. Students combine their knowledge and skills in electronics, computers, and biology through hands-on learning and experience. Biomedical Engineering Technology provides students a chance to work directly with equipment and in environments where they can make a difference in someone's quality of life.

This program was developed with the guidance and support of an Advisory Committee that was comprised of Clinical Engineers from Bay Care Health Systems, the Bay Area Association for Advanced Medical Instrumentation (BAAMI), members of the Florida Biomedical Society, the Manufacturing Partnership, Upper Tampa bay Chamber of Commerce, and representatives of local medical device companies. The degree aligns with the Association for Advanced Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) national certification for Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET).

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1615040102: Biomedical Equipment

Federal CIP Code

15.0401: Biomedical Technology/Technician.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Healthcare institutions and medical device companies have a growing need for skilled professionals with technical skills and an understanding of the healthcare delivery and medical device regulatory environments. Graduates of the program will have the education, skills, and credentials needed to pursue career opportunities in a variety of settings including:
  • Healthcare institutions such as hospitals, clinics, health maintenance organizations, and managed care agencies;
  • Companies that develop, produce, and market medical devices;
  • Integrated service companies that install, manage, and service medical equipment;
  • Public health and government agencies; and
  • International organizations dedicated to improving healthcare in third-world and developing countries.
  • Employment of biomedical engineers/medical equipment repairers/biomedical equipment technicians is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will stem from both greater demand for healthcare services and the increasing types and complexity of the equipment these professionals manage, maintain and repair.
  • BMETs work in a hospital's Biomedical or Clinical Engineering areas but can also find employment with a third-party independent service organization (ISO), an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), durable medical equipment provider, or many other healthcare organizations. BMETs working for an OEM or ISO are often called Field Service Engineers (FSE).

Graduation Rules

Students must complete all required general education, support, and program-related courses including field experience with a grade of a "C" or better.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Composition

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Social and Behavioral Sciences

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Ethics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

SUPPORT COURSES
Computer and Information Literacy Requirement

Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Computer Competency requirement for this AS degree.
CGS 1100 Computer Applications 3

SUPPORT COURSES

BSC 1084C Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology 4
MAN 2582 Introduction to Project Management 3
CET 1171C Computer Repair Essentials 3
CET 1172C Computer Support Technician 3
CNT 1000 Local Area Network Concepts 3

MAJOR CORE COURSES

BME 1008C Introduction to Biomedical Engineering Technology 3
EET 1084C Introduction to Electronics 3
EET 1205C Electronic Instrumentation 1
CET 1175C Medical Software and Troubleshooting 2
ETS 1412C Managing Medical Technology 3
ETS 1407 Survey of Medical Technology 3
ETS 2424C Electro-Mechanical Systems 3
ETS 2440C Optics and Imaging 3
BME 2930 Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering 1
ETS 2940 BMET Work Experience 1
Total Credits 60

Continuing your education at SPC

The Medical Equipment Repair Certificate is part of and transfers to SPC's Biomedical Engineering Technology Associate of Science Degree. 

Prepares you for these nationally-recognized industry certifications

  • CBET (Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician)
  • CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management)
  • CompTIA A+ (Computing Technology Industry Association certification for service technicians)

Certificate to associate