Biomedical Engineering Technology students

Biomedical Engineering Technology

Biomedical engineering technicians are highly skilled, technically competent individuals are responsible for functional 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 through a 10-week practical internship in an approved healthcare 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 healthcare 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:

  • Apply knowledge of medical devices to install, perform acceptance testing and preventive maintenance (PMs) inspections, troubleshoot, and repair a wide variety of medical devices.
  • Be employed in the healthcare technology management (HTM) profession, and advance their careers by engaging in continuous learning through CBET certification and/or other professional training programs and independent study.
  • Identify and apply standards, regulations, and quality improvement plans regarding medical equipment.
  • Work both independently and collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams, communicating effectively with relevant healthcare-related professionals.

Student Outcomes

The BET program outcomes are as follows:

  • Understand use, application, operation, installation, acceptance testing, preventive maintenance, performance assurance and safety inspections (PMs) on select medical devices.
  • Understand and apply a fundamental knowledge of electrical and electronic engineering technology fundamentals, components, circuits and networking fundamentals.
  • Apply basic mathematical and scientific principles to identify, analyze and solve technical problems.
  • Be aware of and understand diversity, professional and ethical responsibilities, applicable standards and regulations regarding medical equipment support.
  • Work with fellow technicians, clinical professionals and other related professionals by functioning effectively on teams and by independent work.
  • Communicate effectively with fellow technicians, clinical professionals and other 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, timeliness and commitment to continuous improvement that support medical equipment and systems.
Enrollment in 2 BET Program
Campus 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
New Kensington 14 16 22 18 25
Degrees Awarded in 2 BET Program
Campus 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
New Kensington 8 8 11 11

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Joie Marhefka
Program Coordinator



The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) delivers effective engineering education through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. SEDTAPP offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

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Phone: 814-865-2952