Biomedical Engineering Technology
Biomedical engineering technicians are highly skilled, technically competent individuals are responsible for unctional and safety inspections, preventive maintenance, calibration, troubleshooting, equipment repair, and the training of hospital personnel in the safe and proper use of medical equipment.
Offered at Penn State New Kensington, the BET program is one of only two fully equipped student Intensive Care Units (ICUs) in the country.
Classroom and laboratory portions of the biomedical engineering technology (BET) focus on the service and repair of electronic patient monitoring systems, exposing the students to a broad spectrum of biomedical equipment though a 10-week practical internship in an approved health care facility. The curriculum includes courses in electricity and electronics, physiology, chemistry, math, computer applications, biomedical equipment, and a general education core.
Before graduation, biomedical technology students will complete a 400-hour clinical internship at one of more than 50 approved health care facilities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland.
The first year of the BET program is identical to the Electrical Engineering Technology program and is available at all campuses offering that degree. The second year is available only at the New Kensington campus.
The program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Program Educational Objectives
The BET major prepares graduate will be able to:
- Understand the use, application, operation, corrective actions, installations, acceptance testing, and preventive maintenance (PMs) inspections on a wide range of medical devices
- Secure employment in the medical equipment maintenance profession, attempt professional certification, or advance to a higher level of education
- Have an awareness, understanding, and application of applicable standards, regulations, and quality improvement plans regarding medical equipment support
- Communicate effectively with co-workers, clinical professionals, and other healthcare related professionals
- Recognize and understand the need for continued professional development, including formal and informal study
- Recognize, observe, and participate when possible in quality improvement programs, timeless and commitment to continuous improvement that support medical equipment and systems
- Understand the application of circuit analysis and design, analog and digital electronics, microcomputers, bioengineering systems, and safety in the building, testing operation, and maintenance of biomedical equipment
- Understand the application of physics, chemistry, and biological sciences to building, testing, operation, and maintenance of biomedical equipment in a rigorous mathematical environment at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry