What is Biomedical Professional?

Biomedical Professional is a module-based continuing education certificate and online learning program for biomedical engineers and healthcare professionals.

Who teaches the courses?

Larry L. Hench, Ph.D., University Professor of Engineering/Biomedical, Engineering Program, Florida Institute of Technology

Overseeing development of the program is world-renowned scientist Dr. Larry Hench, whose illustrious academic career includes the development of Bioglass® – the world’s first synthetic material capable of long-term bonding with living tissue – which has become an essential component of countless orthopedic devices and medical procedures, including bone grafting and regeneration procedures, medical implants, dental repair, and other orthopedic applications.

Hench has received numerous international awards from prestigious scientific organizations, has published over 800 research papers and 30 books, and he currently holds 32 U.S. patents. Additionally, Hench is a member of many esteemed academic groups and professional societies, including the National Academy of Engineering, the World Academy of Ceramics, the American Ceramic Society, the Society of Glass Technology, and the Institute of Materials.

How is the program structured?

The program sequence is composed of modules and minimodules, each addressing some of the many specialty areas within the broad multidisciplinary field of biomedical engineering. This course arrangement allows for a great degree of flexibility within the program and permits students many options and choices as they progress through the course content. 
The modules include topics in cutting-edge biomaterials, medical devices, tissue engineering, and new regenerative technologies used to repair and replace parts of the human body. Socioeconomic issues, ethical concerns, regulatory requirements and standards, good laboratory practices, and veteran advice for ambitious biomedical entrepreneurs are also included. 
Students can select a combination of modules that provides the most effective means of achieving particular career objectives. The number of modules taken will be based on the need for particular degree or certification requirements.

How are the courses structured?

Each course will consist of 3 modules, depending on the extent of the course and the associated number of credit hours of instruction. 
Each minimodule will be composed of:
  • 3 to 5 hours of professionally videotaped lectures of 50 minutes in length led by Florida Tech faculty and leading authorities in the field. These lectures will provide an overview of the content of that minimodule.
  • 2 to 5 hours of directed reading from textbooks and supplemental reading materials with periodic online discussions of the readings and lectures.
  • 4 to 6 hours of topic-directed writing of an essay of approximately 1000 to 1500 words that summarizes and critiques the current literature in the field. Grading of the essay for content, creative analysis and thoroughness of the literature search will be done by Florida Tech faculty to assure that the subject is being mastered by the student.
  • Self-paced machine-marked assessments to monitor the progress and level of understanding of the lectures and directed readings.
  • An examination at the end of each minimodule to establish that the student has mastered the content and has achieved a monitored measure of quality of performance for the minimodule and merits continuing education credits.

How long do the courses last?

The courses are offered during 4 terms each year, beginning on April 15, July 15, October 15, and January 15. Each course lasts approximately 10 weeks.

How many courses do I need to take to earn the certificate?

That depends on which courses you take. Course #1 and course #2 are both required, and each is worth 3 CEUs (continuing education units). A total of 9 CEUs is required to earn the Certificate in Biomedical Engineering.  

Will I receive a letter grade for my work or are the courses graded as pass/fail?

Letter grades will be assigned for courses in the Biomedical Engineering Certificate program.