Biomedical Equipment Engineering - Associate Degree Program Manager

About the Program

With an associate degree in Biomedical Equipment Engineering, students are prepared for entry-level jobs trouble shooting, diagnosing, repairing and calibrating biomedical equipment. 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.  We offer a “hands on” approach to learning, providing our graduates with specific knowledge and skills for real-world success. This degree is designed for the individual interested in pursuing an entry level career, as well as for the student seeking to transfer to a four year college or university.

Career Opportunities

Students who hold a degree in Biomedical Equipment Engineering can work in many areas, including
  • Hospitals
  • Patient care facilities
  • Specialty practitioners
  • Health practitioner's offices
  • Doctor's offices with medical testing equipment

Curriculum Summary



Term 1 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
BME105 AC-DC Electronics3
SIT203 Basic Office Software Applications3
ENG108 English Composition3
BME103 Principles of Electronics3

Term 2 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
ENG215 Analytical Writing3
BME107 Biomedical Electronic Devices3
MTH145 College Algebra and Trigonometry3
BUS113 Introduction to Business3

Term 3 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
COM108 Communications and Social Interaction3
HUM140 Critical Thinking in the Modern Age3
BME207 Electronic Principles of Robotics3
CCT182 Introduction to PLCs3

Term 4 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
BME215 Biomedical Equipment Calibration and Repair3
Elective3
BME213 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Thermometry Equipment3
MTH207 Statistics3

Term 5 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
BUS131 Business Management3
Elective3
BUS234 Introduction to Project Management3
BME217 Testing Equipment & Troubleshooting3

Term 6 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
BME221 Biomedical Engineering Capstone3
Elective3

Term 1 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
BME105 AC-DC Electronics3
SIT203 Basic Office Software Applications3
ENG108 English Composition3
BME103 Principles of Electronics3

Term 2 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
ENG215 Analytical Writing3
BME107 Biomedical Electronic Devices3
MTH145 College Algebra and Trigonometry3
BUS113 Introduction to Business3

Term 3 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
COM108 Communications and Social Interaction3
HUM140 Critical Thinking in the Modern Age3
BME207 Electronic Principles of Robotics3
CCT182 Introduction to PLCs3

Term 4 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
BME215 Biomedical Equipment Calibration and Repair3
Elective3
BME213 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Thermometry Equipment3
MTH207 Statistics3

Term 5 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
BUS131 Business Management3
Elective3
BUS234 Introduction to Project Management3
BME217 Testing Equipment & Troubleshooting3

Term 6 Courses
Course CodeCourse NameCredits
BME221 Biomedical Engineering Capstone3
Elective3

Program Objectives

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.

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Biomedical Equipment Engineering
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