The Biomedical Engineering Technology Program places emphasis on the knowledge and skill level needed to successfully address the needs of many types of medical equipment technologies including highly specialized and sophisticated equipment and instrumentation found in health care settings. Biomedical Engineering Technologists (BMETs) ensure that medical equipment is well-maintained, properly configured, and safely functional.  BMETs repair a wide range of electronic, electromechanical, and hydraulic equipment used in hospitals and health practitioners' offices. They may work on patient monitors, defibrillators, ventilators, anesthesia machines, and other life-supporting equipment. They also may work on medical imaging equipment (x rays, CAT scanners, and ultrasound equipment), voice-controlled operating tables, and electric wheelchairs. In addition, they repair medical equipment that dentists and eye doctors use. Additionally, BMETs educate, train, and advise staff and other agencies on theory of operation, physiological principles, and safe clinical application of biomedical equipment maintaining the facility's patient care and medical staff equipment. Senior experienced BMETs perform the official part in the daily management and problem solving of healthcare technology beyond repairs and scheduled maintenance; such as, capitol asset planning, project management, budgeting and personnel management, designing interfaces and integrating medical systems, training end-users to utilize medical technology, and evaluating new devices for acquisition. BMETs are typically employed by hospitals, clinics, private sector companies, and the military.

Students in this option will become technically proficient in repairing and maintaining biomedical instruments.  Throughout the program, students will repair, test, maintain and manage a large variety of medical equipment technologies. Performance testing procedures and equipment management practices will be emphasized and performed in the lab and hospital setting. Classroom content will focus on the use, design, manufacturing and operation of medical equipment. This program may also serve as the first two years of study in an undergraduate degree in Engineering Technology.

This program provides students with exposure to hospital Clinical Engineering Departments through an internship with Baystate Medical Center, which provides our student interns experience working on medical equipment with and among hospital personnel. Students will work under the supervision of an experienced BMET and will keep a journal of equipment worked on and tasks performed.

Graduates will be prepared to serve as biomedical engineering technicians in hospitals and medical research centers, either as employees of these institutions or employees of contracted service firms. These technicians will be capable of installing, inspecting, maintaining, repairing and calibrating biomedical equipment.

This course introduces students to the conceptual clinical engineering department in a hospital.  Students learn the organization of the hospital and the operation of the clinical engineering department.  Students are introduced to the professional requirements of performing their tasks in the administrative and patient care environments of a hospital or related health care facility.  An introductory set of instrument technologies and test and maintenance equipment are explored as well as the underlying sensor and transducer technologies.

Building upon BMT-101 this course extends the exposure to and study in detail of the most common biomedical instruments.  Investigation is focused on the individual instrument classes, instrument use in practice, and instrument service technique.  General practice topics and instrument specific topics are studied.  Some biomedical instruments may involve off-campus locations.

This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of sensor systems typically used in biomedical equipment found in a clinical and/or home health care setting. Starting with an introduction to the non-invasive sensors used to obtain classic vital signs (i.e. temperature, blood pressure, and respitory rate) and pulse oximeters for blood-oxygen level, the course precedes to answer the question of how these sensors are electronically interfaced to recording and display equipment. Next, sensors used to to monitor the electrical activity of the heart, brain, and skeletal muscle systems are examined (i.e. EKG, EEG, and EMG) with emphasis again given to the interface of the physical sensors to the electronics of recording equipment. Newly emerging, acceleration, pressure, magnetic, and touch sensors are studied in the context of medical sensing for a variety of functions including home health care. Again, the interface technologies (i.e. I2 C and serial peripheral interface, SPI, bus) used for this new class of sensors is studied. Invasive imaging devices used for endoscopy are examined next with attention given to the fiber-optics and CMOS active-pixel sensor technology employed.  An overview of the theory and operation of standard imaging devices (i.e. X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI, CT, PET, and PET-CTor PET-MRI) is given with particular attention paid to the networking of these devices.  Students are introduced to basic test and measurement equipment used in this field and the fundamentals of sensor system operation evaluation.