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Biomedical Engineering Careers Offer Opportunities to Make an Impact

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Want to work in a career where you’ll help others? Then learn more about Biomedical Engineering careers and SPC’s Biomedical Engineering Technology program and lab.

At a recent information session and open house on July 11, attendees explored the college’s new Biomedical Engineering Technology Lab at the Tarpon Springs Campus. Those who attended were able to get a better idea of what the program is about from staff and instructors. ABC Action News also covered the event, focusing in on the demand for Florida for medical device technicians.

Dr. Brian Bell, lead faculty in Biomedical Engineering at SPC, answered some questions about the program in order to inform students who were unable to attend the information session.

What are some of the best things about this program?
  • “This is a hands-on program in medical technology. Students are trained on a variety of medical devices, and careers are available in clinical settings and through equipment manufacturers.”
How long does it usually take for students to complete the program?
  • “The program is designed to be completed in two years, and many students can complete this degree in just over a year when they already have college credit from another program or degree.”
What are some things that students just coming into the program should be aware of?
  • “The technicians in this field take their work very seriously. Anyone considering this as a career path should make sure they plan on embracing and seeking a high level of competency in the field.”
What would you like to say about the program and to students in general?
  • “This is a great program for anyone who enjoys exploring technology and is interested in working in the medical field.”
What you will learn

With hands-on learning, this program provides students with skills to maintain and repair medical devices such as defibrillators, ventilators, and more “smart” machines.

Job opportunities

Hospitals in the area are in desperate need for technicians and medical device engineers who know how to work on their equipment. That means this program is beneficial to hospitals in our own community!

“With just two years experience, students can start working in a hospital and earn an average $47,000 a year! With a four-year degree as a biomedical engineer, that starting salary nearly doubles,” ABC Action News reported.

Great story about the new Biomedical Engineering Technology Lab at the St. Petersburg College Tarpon Springs Campus and…

Posted by St. Petersburg College on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Have questions about biomedical engineering technology?

For more information on the Biomedical Engineering Technology A.S. degree, please contact Lara Sharp at or 727-398-8256 or Dr. Brian Bell at