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Begin Date: Spring 2012
End Date: Spring 2017

Biomedical Engineering Technology

University College: Penn State New Kensington (2 BET)

PROFESSOR Joie Marhefka, Program Coordinator, Penn State New Kensington
PROFESSOR IVAN E. ESPARRAGOZA, Director of Engineering Technology and Commonwealth Engineering, Penn State Brandywine
PROFESSOR SVEN BILÉN, Head, School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, Penn State University Park

The medical community has grown to depend on medical devices and systems to diagnose, treat and monitor patients in health care. These medical devices have become very complex systems, as they are becoming microprocessor controlled, PC based, and networked to share information. Biomedical Equipment Technicians (BETs) are specialized individuals who are educated and trained on the methods of: physiological measurement; equipment application and operation; safety, performance and preventive maintenance testing; calibration; problem solving; and troubleshooting. In addition, BETs may be involved in equipment and technology management programs, selection and installation of medical equipment, manufacturer and FDA recalls of medical devices, quality improvement programs, and training programs for hospital personnel in the safe and proper use of medical equipment. The classroom and laboratory portions of this major focus on electronically and PC based medical devices for patient monitoring and life-support equipment. The student is exposed to a much broader spectrum of medical equipment through a 400-hour (ten-week) practical internship in an approved health care facility.

Program Educational Objectives

The BET major prepares graduates who, during the first few years of professional practice, will be able to:

  1. Understand the use, application, operation, corrective actions, installations, acceptance testing and preventive maintenance (PMs) inspections on a wide range of medical devices.
  2. Securing employment in the medical equipment maintenance profession, attempt professional certification or advance to a higher level of education.
  3. Have an awareness, understanding and application of applicable standards, regulations, and quality improvement plans regarding medical equipment support.
  4. Communicate effectively with co-workers, clinical professionals and other healthcare related professionals by functioning effectively on committees and by independent work.

Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes)

The BET program outcomes are as follows:

a) Understand use, application, operation, installation, acceptance testing, preventive maintenance, performance assurance and safety inspections (PMs) on select medical devices.
b) Understand and apply a fundamental knowledge of electrical and electronic engineering technology fundamentals, components, circuits and networking fundamentals.
c) Apply basic mathematical and scientific principles to identify, analyze and solve technical problems.
d) Awareness and understand of diversity, professional and ethical responsibilities, applicable standards and regulations regarding medical equipment support.
e) Work with fellow technicians, clinical professionals and other related professionals by functioning effectively on teams and by independent work.
f)  Communicate effectively with fellow technicians, clinical professionals and other related professionals.
g) Recognize and understand the need for continued professional development, including formal and informal study.
h) Recognize, observe and participate when possible in quality improvement programs, timeless and commitment to continuous improvement that support medical equipment and systems.
i)  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.
j)  The applications 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.

Students completing the 2 BET degree need only complete several additional courses to obtain the Associate in Engineering Technology degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. Graduates of the program may qualify for admission to the baccalaureate degree major in Electrical Engineering Technology offered at Penn State Harrisburg, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology offered at Penn State Erie, and Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology offered at Penn State Altoona, Berks, New Kensington and York.

For the Associate in Engineering Technology degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology, a minimum of 71 credits is required. This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

(12 of these 21 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR) (See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GWS courses.)

BE_T 101(1), CHEM 101 GN(3), EET 105(3), CMPET 117(3), CMPET 120(1), ENGL 015 GWS(3), IST 110 GS(3)[1], IST 220(3) (Sem: 1-2)
BE_T 201(5)[1], BE_T 204(5)[1], BE_T 205(4)[1], CAS 100 GWS(3), PHYS 150 GN(3), RADSC 230(3) (Sem: 3-4)
BE_T 203 (4)[1][2] (Sem: 5)

ADDITIONAL COURSE (15-16 credits)
MATH 022 GQ(3) and MATH 026 GQ(3) or MATH 040 GQ(5) (Sem: 1-2)
BE_T 202(4)[1] or BE_T 206(4)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
BISC 004 GN(3) or BIOL 141 GN(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3 credits from the following technical courses: BE_T 210(3), BE_T 296(1-18), BE_T 297(1-9), BIOL 129 GN(4), CMPET 211(3), CMPSC 101 GQ(3), EDSGN 100(3), EET 213(5), EET 297(1-3), EGT 201(2) or MCHT 111(3) (Sem: 3-4)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[2] BE T 203(4) Internship must be the last course taken for the degree.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-04-026

Review Date: 01/10/2012

UCA Revision #1: 8/2/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/26/07




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