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Biomedical Technology


Biomedical technology programs prepare people to help engineers who design and build medical systems.

Biomedical technology programs prepare people to apply engineering principles and technical skills to help engineers. Students learn to install and test products. They also learn to calibrate, maintain, and repair medical instruments.

Biomedical technology programs include topics such as:


Many community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in biomedical technology. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in biomedical technology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Very few universities offer graduate degrees in biomedical technology. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

An associate degree program in this field typically includes courses in the following subjects:

A program that prepares you to be an engineering technician probably includes differential calculus. A bachelor's degree program usually includes the preceding courses, plus differential calculus, plus the following:

Things to Know

Many jobs in this field require a lot of writing and clear communication. Taking writing and speaking courses will develop your communication skills.

Some programs include an internship in a medical setting.


East Side Area

Big Bend Community College

King-Snohomish Area

North Seattle College

Spokane Area

Spokane Community College

Spokane Falls Community College

Tacoma Area

Bates Technical College

Tri-Cities Area

Columbia Basin College