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The Associate of Science (AS) in Biomedical Technology degree program prepares students for entry-level positions in biomedical companies or for transfer to four-year colleges.For assistance in program planning, or to explore additional transfer options, students should schedule a time to meet with an academic advisor. This degree may transfer in part or in its entirety to baccalaureate institutions. Students should meet with a representative of the transfer institution when planning their program. The Biomedical Technology degree provides a solid foundation in science and technology as well as proficiency in problem solving, critical analysis, oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills. For additional information about our biomedical programs, visit our website at

Developmental Courses

Some students may need preparatory courses in the areas of English, mathematics or reading. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward this degree.

College-level competence in English, writing, mathematics, and computer competency should be acquired before entering the BMED programs. All BMED program requirements are offered at the Coon Rapids campus.

  • By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning goals:

    1. Demonstrate the ability to integrate science and math skills with technical requirements of the medical device industry.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of trends, size, and scope of the medical device industry.
    3. Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication, interpersonal skills and critical thinking/problem solving.
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved in the design, development and manufacture of medical devices.
    5. Demonstrate knowledge of various certification standards and agencies involved in regulatory processes specific to the medical device industry.
    6. Demonstrate application of classroom knowledge to industry field
    • A minimum of 60 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above.
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
    • Satisfy residency requirements.
    • A minimum grade of C must be earned in all program requirements.
    • All BMED requirements must be completed at ARCC.
    • Completion of specific degree requirements.
    • To complete your program, please submit the appropriate application found here.
    • The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice.


    NOTE: You are encouraged to contact an academic advisor at 763-433-1230 for course planning assistance and information about transfer credit evaluation and transfer options.

  • 13 credits

    BMED 1100 Introduction to Biomedical Devices and Industry 2
    BMED 2100 Design and Manufacturing in the Medical Device Industry 3
    BMED 2200 Introduction to Medical Device Regulations and Ethics 3
    BMED 2300 Introduction to Quality Assurance 3
    BMED 2600 Fundamentals of Dimensional Metrology 2
  • 17 credits

    BIOL 1102 Medical Terminology 2
    BIOL 1104 The Human Body-Structure and Function 4
    BMED 2520*
    OR ENGL 1104
    Technical Writing for Regulated Industries
    OR Technical Writing
    CAOR 1102 Career Exploration 2
    Electives: Select a minimum of 6 credits from the following:
    BIOL 2201* Microbiology 4
    BUS 1101 Introduction to Business 3
    BUS 1103 Human Relations in the Workplace 3
    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.
  • 30 credits

    Complete at least 30 credits in courses from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), including all courses listed. You must complete at least one course in six of the ten goals. One course may satisfy more than one goal, but the course credits may be counted only once.

    1. Communication  
      ENGL 1120* OR ENGL 1121* 4
      CMST 1110 OR CMST 2215 OR CMST 2220 3
    2. Critical Thinking
    3. Natural Science
      BIOL 1106 4
      CHEM 1061* 4
    4. Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
      MATH 1200* 3
      MATH 1201* OR MATH 1114* 4
    5. History/Social/Behavioral Sciences
      (Select one Psychology or Sociology course) 3-4
    6. Humanities/Fine Art
    7. Human Diversity
    8. Global Perspective
    9. Ethical/Civic Responsibility
    10. People and the Environment

    *Course has prerequisite - see course schedule or catalog description.

  • The sequence that follows is suggested for full-time students. Part-time students will need more time to complete this program; many courses are offered in the evening.

    First Year

    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    BMED 1100 2
    BMED 2100 3
    General Education or Electives 9-11
    TOTAL 14-16
    BIOL 1102 2
    BMED 2200 3
    General Education or Electives 9-11
    TOTAL 14-16

    Second Year

    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENGL 1104 or BMED 2520 3
    BMED 2300 3
    BMED 2600 2
    General Education or Electives 6-8
    TOTAL 14-16
    BIOL 1104 4
    General Education or Electives 10-12
    TOTAL 14-16
  • *Some occupations may require advanced education

    • Applications Engineering Technician
    • Biomedical Engineering Technician
    • Biomedical Equipment Specialist
    • Calibration Technician
    • Clinical Research Coordinator
    • Clinical Research Specialist
    • Equipment Maintenance Technician
    • Field Service Technician
    • Manufacturing Technician
    • Medical Device Lab Technician
    • Medical Equipment Repairer
    • Production Technician
    • Quality Assurance Specialist
    • Quality Inspector
    • Quality Technician

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