Biomedical Engineering Technology, A.ENGT.

Program Code: 2BET_AENGT

Entrance to Major

Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA to change to this Associate degree after admission to the University.

Degree Requirements

For the Associate in Engineering Technology degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology, a minimum of 71 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 21
Requirements for the Major 62-63

12 of the 21 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 3 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GWS courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 3 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 3 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 3 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 3 credits

Foundations or Knowledge Domains

  • A General Education course selected from GWS, GQ, GN, GA, GH, or GS, and may include Integrative Studies (Inter-domain or Linked) courses: 3 credits

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

University Degree Requirements

Cultures Requirement   

3 credits of United States (US) or International (IL) cultures coursework are required and may satisfy other requirements

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 60 degree credits must be earned for a associates degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 60 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
BE_T 101Introduction to Medical Equipment Maintenance1
CAS 100Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 101Introductory Chemistry Keystone/General Education Course3
CMPET 117Digital Electronics3
CMPET 120Digital Electronics Laboratory1
EET 105Electrical Systems3
ENGL 15Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course3
IST 220Networking and Telecommunications3
PHYS 150Technical Physics I Keystone/General Education Course3
RADSC 230Radiographic Physics3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
IST 110Information, People and Technology Keystone/General Education Course3
BE_T 201Medical Equipment & Systems I5
BE_T 2045
BE_T 205Medical Electronics4
BE_T 203Biomedical Equipment Laboratory (Internship) (must be the last course taken for the degree)4
Additional Courses
MATH 22
MATH 26
College Algebra II and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course
and Plane Trigonometry Keystone/General Education Course
5-6
or MATH 40 Algebra, Trigonometry, and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course
BISC 4Human Body: Form and Function Keystone/General Education Course3
or BIOL 141 Introduction to Human Physiology Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits from the following technical courses:3
Troubleshooting Medical Equipment
Independent Studies
Special Topics
Mammalian Anatomy Keystone/General Education Course
Embedded Processors and DSP
Introduction to Programming Keystone/General Education Course
Cornerstone Engineering Design
Fundamentals of Electrical Machines Using Writing Skills
Special Topics
Advanced Computer Aided Drafting
Mechanics for Technology: Statics
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BE_T 2024
or BE_T 206 Medical Computers and Networks

Program Educational Objectives

The Biomedical Engineering Technology program is designed to provide a curriculum that prepares students to pursue a career in the evolving healthcare technology management (HTM) field and to develop in their profession. Due to their experience in our program, within few years of graduation, we expect our graduates to have the ability to:

  1. Apply knowledge, standards, regulations, and quality improvement plans to install, perform acceptance testing and preventive maintenance (PMs) inspections, troubleshoot, and repair a wide variety of medical devices.
  2. Work in the healthcare technology management (HTM) field.
  3. Engage in continuous learning through CBET certification and/or other professional training programs and independent study.
  4. Work both independently and collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams, communicating effectively with relevant healthcare related professionals.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. The Biomedical Engineering Technology program is designed to enable students to:

  1. Apply knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering and technology to solve well-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.
  2. Design solutions for well-defined technical problems and assist with engineering design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to the discipline.
  3. Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  4. Conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results.
  5. Function effectively as member of technical team.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

New Kensington

Joie Marhefka
Assistant Teaching Professor and Program Coordinator
3550 Seventh Street Road
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6712
jnm23@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Biomedical Engineering Technology at New Kensington Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
BE_T 1011CMPET 1173 
EET 1053CMPET 1201 
IST 110*3IST 2203 
MATH 263MATH 22 (GQ)*3 
ENGL 15*3CHEM 1012-3 
General Education Course3General Education Course3 
 16 15-16 
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BE_T 201*5BE_T 206*4BE_T 203*4
BE_T 205*4BE_T 204*5 
BIOL 141 or BISC 4 (GN)3Technical Elective (See Adviser for list)3 
PHYS 150 (GN)3CAS 1003 
RADSC 2303General Education Course3 
 18 18 4
Total Credits 71-72

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GN, GA, GH, and GS). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Career Paths

Students with a degree in biomedical engineering technology are well positioned for careers at hospitals, clinics, medical practice offices, surgical centers, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers.

Penn State students with an A.S. in Biomedical Engineering Technology have been successful in pursuing various careers within the Healthcare Technology Management field.

Careers

  • Biomedical Engineering Technician/Clinical Engineer in a Hospital
  • Field Service Technician
  • Repair Technician for a Medical Device Company

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ABET ACCREDITATION

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

Contact

University Park

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY, AND PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS
213 Hammond Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-2952
jnm23@psu.edu

http://www.sedtapp.psu.edu

New Kensington

3550 Seventh Street Rd.
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6712
jnm23@psu.edu

http://newkensington.psu.edu/2-year-biomedical-engineering-technology