Health care facilities depend more and more on technology in the diagnosis, monitoring of care, and the treatment of diseases. Biomedical equipment is used to improve the quality of healthcare for patients at hospitals, acute care centers, clinics, long-term care facilities, and at the offices of other health care providers.
Manufacturers of biomedical equipment and executives of healthcare facilities report that the number of job openings for qualified professionals continually outpaces the number of qualified candidates.
The Biomedical Equipment Engineering (BME) program at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology prepares students for careers in this rapidly expanding field. Students learn the functionality of biomedical equipment, safely perform maintenance and repair on biomedical equipment, maintain this equipment for optimal utilization, calibrate medical equipment and instrumentation, as well as troubleshooting, diagnosing and repairing non-functioning biomedical equipment.
The Biomedical Equipment Engineering program is inter-disciplinary, providing students with a foundation for understanding how a medically-oriented business and/or a healthcare organization operates and manages its human resources in a highly complex environment.
Students work on actual biomedical equipment, applying what they have learned in class. This “hands on” approach to learning enables students to practice what they have learned in class. The capstone course in the program enables students to demonstrate proficiency in troubleshooting, diagnosing and repairing biomedical equipment as a member of a student team. Biomedical equipment manufacturers and the advisory board help establish the standards for judging team performance in diagnosing and solving equipment malfunctions.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successfully completing this program of study, graduates should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of safety principles and actions, and identify safety hazards associated with electro-mechanical devices,
- Demonstrate technical skills in the performance of Programmable Logic Controllers and similar processors,
- Demonstrate technical skills in AC-DC, RLC and digital circuits,
- Understand the instrumentation needed to operate advanced imaging equipment,
- Competently utilize testing equipment, as well as troubleshoot and calibrate biomedical equipment.
- Understand the business operations of a complex organization and the management of employees,
- Diagnose and repair most biomedical equipment that is not hermetically sealed.