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Begin Date: Summer Session 1995
End Date: Fall Semester 2005 (Revised ABET)

Biomedical Engineering Technology - ARCHIVE

PROFESSOR DHUSHY SATHIANATHAN, Head, School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, Penn State University Park (2 BET)
PROFESSOR MYRON HARTMAN, Program Coordinator, Penn State New Kensington

During the past several decades, the medical community has grown to depend increasingly on machines for the delivery of quality health care. Biomedical technicians are men and women responsible for maintaining these machines in accurate and safe working order. Their tasks include functional and safety inspecting, preventive maintenance, calibration, troubleshooting, and repair of this equipment. In addition, they may be involved in equipment control programs, in electrical safety assurance programs, and in training hospital personnel in the safe and proper use of the equipment. The classroom and laboratory portions of this major focus on electronically based patient monitoring and life-support equipment. The student is, however, exposed to a much broader spectrum of biomedical equipment through a 400-hour (ten-week) practical internship in an approved health care facility.

This program also articulates with Pennsylvania Department of Education approved Tech Prep programs. Secondary school Tech Prep students who have graduated from a program covered by a signed Penn State Tech Prep Articulation Agreement may be eligible for special admission procedures and/or advanced placement. Graduates of the program may qualify for admission to the baccalaureate degree major in Electrical Engineering Technology offered at Penn State Harrisburg and at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

For the Associate in Engineering Technology degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology, a minimum of 74 credits is required. This program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: 410-347-7700, or

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.)

EE T 101(3), EE T 109 (1), EE T 114(4)[1], EE T 117(3)[1], EE T 118(1)[1], EE T 120(1), EG T 101(1), EG T 102(1), E T 002(1), E T 005(1) (Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 015 GWS(3), MATH 081 GQ(3), MATH 082 GQ(3), PHYS 150 GN(3) (Sem: 1-2)
BE T 201(5), BE T 202(4), BE T 204W(4), BE T 205(3) (Sem: 1-2)
BIOL 141 GN(3), CAS 100 GWS(3), CHEM 011(3), MATH 083 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
BE T 203 (4) (Sem: 3-4)

Select 3 credits from the following technical courses: BE T 297(1-9), BIOL 129 GN(4), CE T 261(3), CMPSC 101 GQ(3), EE T 211(3), EE T 213W(5), EE T 297(1-9), EG T 201(2), MCH T 111(3), or ME T 207(3) (Sem: 1-2)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1995

Blue Sheet Item #: 23-03-013

Review Date: 3/2/04




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