Beyond the Sun and the Surf: A look at Florida’s Biomedical Industry
The Biomedical Quality Systems and Digital Design and Modeling certificate at St. Petersburg College (SPC) is a direct response to local industry needs, and establishes Florida’s efforts to redefine and diversify its economy. The Biomedical Quality Systems is a 24 credit hour specialty within the A.S degree in Engineering Technology. The program was developed for the Medical Device Industry Education Consortium Project under the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Consortium Program to meet critical industry-specific educational needs in quality assurance, and present the regulatory and quality standards that are required for the medical device industry.
Courses are FDA approved and include regulatory compliance in biomedical systems; risk management for biomedical product development and production; medical device design and manufacturing; quality audits for biomedical systems, and document and data management control. Other courses include concepts of lean and six sigma, and coaching self-directed work teams. Co-op work experience is also required for the specialty. Completion of the first five courses prepares students for the medical quality systems certificate which is a 15 credit hour certificate.
The Biomedical Quality Systems and the Digital Design and Modeling program are part of the A.S. degree in engineering technology. The ET degree prepares students and incumbent workers for employment and/or additional training in the manufacturing, medical, electronics, aerospace, or other related industries. This degree is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of the four specializations in electronics, quality, digital design & modeling, and biomedical systems with one common core. Graduates can transfer to universities offering the B.S. degree in engineering technology.
For more information contact Brad Jenkins at (727) 341-4378, or visit http://www.spcollege.edu/clw/Build/index.htm
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