Biomedical Equipment Technology

Description:

The Biomedical Equipment Technology Program prepares students to repair and maintain medical equipment utilized in hospitals and other healthcare environments. The program will be of particular interest to students who want to work in the healthcare arena but are more interested in working with medical technology and supporting the healthcare providers who utilize the equipment than in providing direct patient care. The program is intended to provide students with direct entry to the work environment, and students are expected to find employment in hospitals, with third-party organizations that hospitals may contract with for healthcare technology management services, and with medical device manufacturers who need to provide technical support to their customers. Additional employment opportunities may be found at dialysis centers, medical equipment rental companies, etc.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of medical devices, electronics, computer networks and anatomy and physiology to resolving medical equipment repair problems.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior in the workplace such as teamwork, communication, etc.
  • Work in accordance with applicable safety procedures to ensure their own safety, as well as that of patients and other employees.
  • Follow applicable department, hospital and legal guidelines in relation to record keeping, patient privacy, etc.

Program Entry Requirements:

This program is open to interested students. However, new students are normally required to take the College's placement test at their time of entry. Students' placement test results must show readiness for ENGL 101 and FNMT 118 or higher for admission to the program. Internship is required for completion of the program and adds significantly to student learning and preparation to enter the workforce. The hospitals where students perform their internships require various clearances, such as medical clearances, criminal and child abuse background checks and drug screening. 

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the A.A.S. degree in Biomedical Equipment Technology, students must complete a minimum of 70 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average). A grade of “C” or better is required for all courses applied towards the degree. Students who follow the course sequence below may complete the degree in two years.

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or
a higher level math course
FNMT 017 or FNMT 019 completed or FNMT 118 (or higher) placement 3 credits Quantitative Reasoning
BIOL 108 - Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology or
BIOL 110 - Anatomy and Physiology II*
For BIOL 108: FNMT 118 (or higher) placement
For BIOL 110: BIOL 109
4 credits Scientific Reasoning
BMET 101 - Biomedical Equipment Technology I BIOL 108 or BIOL 110, which may be taken concurrently 4 credits  
CIS 103 - Computer Applications & Concepts   3 credits Technological Competency
ENGL 101 - English Composition   3 credits Writing/Research/Info Lit 1

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits Writing/Research/Info Lit 2
ELEC 120 - Direct and Alternating Current Circuits FNMT 118 or higher MATH with a grade of "C" or better or placement in MATH 161 or higher 4 credits  
BMET 102 - Biomedical Equipment Technology II BMET 101 with a grade of "C" or better and ELEC 120, which may be taken concurrently 4 credits  
CIS 105 - Computer Systems Maintenance   4 credits  

ENGL 115 - Public Speaking or
ENGL 116 - Interpersonal Communication or
ENGL 117 - Group and Team Communication or
ENGL 118 - Intercultural Communication

ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently 3 credits Oral Communication/ Creative Expression

Summer 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
BMET 103 - Biomedical Equipment Technology Internship I BMET 102 with a "C" or better and FNMT 118 or higher. Department Head approval is required to ensure that students have completed the necessary clearances. 1 credit  

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ELEC 124 - Semiconductor Devices ELEC 120 with a grade of "C" or better 4 credits  
CHEM 110 - Introductory Chemistry or
higher level chemistry
FNMT 118 ready and ENGL 101 ready 4 credits  
BMET 201 - Medical Devices BMET 103 with a grade "C" or better 4 credits  
CIS 150 - Network Technology   4 credits  

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
PHYS 105 - Survey of Physics or higher physics course (except PHYS 108 -Astronomy)   4 credits  
BMET 202 - Medical Devices in a Networked Environment BMET 201; ELEC 130, which may be taken concurrently; CIS 105; and CIS 150 with a grade of "C" or better in all courses 4 credits  
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology or
HIST 150 - History of American Health Care or
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology or
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
SOC 105 - Health and Society or
SOC 115 - Gender and Society
  3 credits  
ELEC 130 - Digital Electronics FNMT 118 completed or higher math placement 4 credits  

Summer 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
BMET 203 - Biomedical Equipment Technology Internship II BMET 202 (with a grade of "C" or better) Department Head approval is required to ensure that students have completed the necessary clearances. 3 credits  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:

70

* Students who choose to take BIOL 109-110: Anatomy and Physiology I & II will earn an additional four credits.

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request for Course Substitution of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Math, Science, and Health Careers, Room W1-1, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8430 or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.