MedVance Information Technology & Biomedical Technician Students Could Benefit From $1 Billion in Government Grants

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Ongoing job growth in the biomedical technician profession, including across Florida, recently received a significant boost from the federal government. On Nov. 3, the government, through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced $1 billion in grants had been awarded to U.S. biotechnology companies.

According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the grants will allow biotech companies to hire additional staff, improve facilities and move forward with projects that might otherwise have been put on hold. The government support will help drive demand for skilled technicians who are needed to operate electronics systems and specialized biomedical equipment.

“Biotechnology is an emerging, cutting-edge field with tremendous job growth and diversity. Graduates are being hired by start-up research companies and multi-billion dollar corporations,” said Michael Beauregard, director of MedVance Institute’s Fort Lauderdale campus.

“More than $26 million from the new grants will help fund programs throughout our state, including projects here in Broward County at such companies as ParinGenix in Weston, Mergenet Medical in Coconut Creek, and Concordia Pharmaceuticals, LifeSync Corporation and Precision Medical Devices in Fort Lauderdale, among others, where our graduates may find themselves working,” he added.

Overall biosciences industry employment has continued to grow, even during the recession, with some 1.5 million jobs currently filled. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), biotech jobs have been growing nearly four-and-a-half times faster than the overall national average in the private sector, with continued growth forecast through the next decade. Since 2001, real (inflation-adjusted) earnings for biosciences industry workers have increased by more than 10 percent, compared with 3.2 percent for the U.S. private sector as a whole.

To satisfy the growing need for industry professionals, MedVance Institute in Fort Lauderdale, a leading healthcare career training provider, offers a degree program in Information Technology & Biomedical Technician. Students learn how to install, maintain, repair and troubleshoot complex software and biomedical equipment on which healthcare administrators, physicians and researchers depend. Their training provides the credentials and skills to run computer and electronic systems of sophisticated biomedical equipment.

Information Technology & Biomedical Technician program graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician certification. To learn more about a career in information and biomedical technology, contact MedVance Institute in Fort Lauderdale at 954-587-7100 or go online at www.medvance.edu.

Additional programs offered at the Fort Lauderdale campus include Medical Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding Specialist, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Office Administration, Pharmacy Technician, Radiologic Technology and Surgical Technology. Enrollment is ongoing in all areas for classes that begin on a regular basis throughout the year.

About MedVance
MedVance Institute operates as a fully-owned subsidiary of Education Affiliates (EA) and offers a complete range of diploma and degree-granting healthcare programs at its campuses in Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas. The institute was founded to provide an outstanding education in a supportive environment by following a mission of helping all students to succeed in their chosen careers. MedVance Institute is committed to graduating qualified professionals who can participate in the community’s medical services and contribute to the health and well being of all those they serve.

Each MedVance campus is accredited by a nationally recognized body. Program offerings and accreditations vary by campus. MedVance Institute also is affiliated with the Denver School of Nursing, St. Paul’s School of Nursing, Fortis Colleges and Institutes, All State Career School, Medix School, Tri-State Business Institute and Berdan Institute.