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Associate in Science

Biomedical Engineering Technology

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
Dr. Brian Bell, Lead Instructor, 727-791-2401

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).

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Composition

3
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.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

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

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Social and Behavioral Sciences

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

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Humanities and Fine Arts

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

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Ethics

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

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Mathematics

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

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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.
Computer Applications
3

SUPPORT COURSES

Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology
4
Introduction to Project Management
3
Computer Repair Essentials
3
Computer Support Technician
3
Local Area Network Concepts
3

MAJOR CORE COURSES

Introduction to Biomedical Engineering Technology
3
Introduction to Electronics
3
Electronic Instrumentation
1
Medical Software and Troubleshooting
2
Managing Medical Technology
3
Survey of Medical Technology
3
Electro-Mechanical Systems
3
Optics and Imaging
3
Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
1
BMET Work Experience
1
60
Total Credits