Biomedical Engineering Technology students

Biomedical Engineering Technology

Biomedical engineering technicians are highly skilled, technically competent individuals who are responsible for functional and safety inspections, preventive maintenance, calibration, troubleshooting, equipment repair, and the training of hospital personnel in the safe and proper use of medical equipment.

Offered at Penn State New Kensington, the BET program is one of only two fully-equipped student Intensive Care Units (ICUs) in the country. 

Classroom and laboratory portions of the biomedical engineering technology (BET) focus on the service and repair of electronic patient monitoring systems, exposing the students to a broad spectrum of biomedical equipment through a 10-week practical internship in an approved healthcare facility. The curriculum includes courses in electricity and electronics, physiology, chemistry, math, computer applications, biomedical equipment, and a general education core. 

Before graduation, biomedical technology students will complete a 400-hour clinical internship at one of more than 50 approved healthcare facilities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. 

The first year of the BET program is identical to the Electrical Engineering Technology program and is available at all campuses offering that degree. The second-year is available only at the New Kensington campus. 

The A.S. in Biomedical Engineering Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Technology Program Criteria.

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 will have:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in installing, performing acceptance testing and preventive maintenance (PMs) inspections, troubleshooting, repairing, and performing network integration on a wide variety of medical devices using standards, regulations, and quality improvement plans.
  • Shown the ability to adapt to evolving technologies and effectively apply engineering technology knowledge and tools in the healthcare technology management (HTM) field.
  • Engaged in continuous learning through CBET (Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician) certification and/or other professional training programs and independent study.
  • Worked both independently and collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams, communicating effectively with clinical staff, related healthcare professionals, and administrative staff.

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 the 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 analyze and interpret the results
  5. Function effectively as a member of a technical team
New Kensington BET

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The School of Engineering Design and Innovation delivers effective engineering education and unrivaled research opportunities through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. The school offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

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