This program prepares individuals who are interested in technology and health sciences to enter a challenging career in biomedical engineering. The program produces biomedical engineering technologists with the ability to participate in the development and application of technology in medicine and biology. The curriculum provides practical hands-on understanding in the fundamental principles, operations and design of medical diagnostic and therapeutic devices (e.g.: heart monitors, cardiac defibrillators, clinical laboratory analysers and x-ray equipment). Medical device-related standards and protocols, research and design methodologies, technology life-cycle management strategies, safe clinical practices, problem-solving skills, performance assurance-testing procedures, and troubleshooting techniques are all studied in this program.
Graduates from the Biomedical Engineering Technology program receive a Diploma of Technology in Biomedical Engineering Technology. The program provides education and training in the following subject areas: technical communication, algebra, calculus, statistics, basic bio- and analytical chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, biophysics, electricity and electronics, digital techniques and microprocessor applications, biomedical devices and systems, medical equipment-related standards and quality assurance protocols. During the second year, each student spends five weeks in supervised training in a local hospital, research agency, or equipment supply company. Graduates work closely with biomedical engineers and technologists, physicians, and others who use, manage, maintain, design, manufacture, and supply scientific and medical equipment.
The program provides hands-on laboratory experience throughout, and trains students in engineering problem-solving methodology to allow them to upgrade and maintain their knowledge.
BCIT recommends membership in the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society (CMBES) and the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC).
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Graduates of the Biomedical Engineering Technology program may be employed in hospitals, clinics, research laboratories, medical equipment manufacturer sales, and service organizations.
Biomedical Engineering Technologists may be responsible for scheduled and corrective maintenance and safety inspection of medical equipment, participate in research and development, purchase specification, equipment evaluation, testing and commissioning, operator training, and the management of risks involving the use of biomedical equipment.
For graduates interested in pursuing further studies, BCIT offers the Bachelor of Technology Degree in Technology Management (Health Option). Upon completion, graduates may proceed to Simon Fraser University's Master of Technology (MOT) MBA program and have the option to complete the MOT MBA degree in one year full-time, or two years part-time.
Graduates interested in pursuing an engineering degree may be granted up to 42 credits in the Biomedical Engineering option of the Engineering Sciences Bachelor Degree Program at the Simon Fraser University. Please contact the BCIT BMET Program Head for details.
Interested in Biomedical Engineering distance & online learning credit courses? We offer these online, Web-based courses:
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BCIT also offer other courses, seminars and workshops on Campus. Please check BCIT Part-time Studies for courses being offered.
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Anthony Chan has been a faculty member of the British Columbia Institute of Technology since 1992 and is currently the program head of the Biomedical Engineering Technology program. He is also a faculty member of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate program at the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining BCIT, Anthony was the director of Biomedical Engineering at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, BC and the consultant and manager of the Biomedical Engineering departments at the Burnaby and Lion's Gate Hospitals in Vancouver, BC.
Anthony is a professional engineer, a chartered engineer (UK), a certified clinical engineer, a senior member of the IEEE, and a member of the CMBES, IET, and HKIE.Education
Anthony graduated (B.Sc. with honours) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hong Kong in 1979 and completed his M.Sc. in Engineering from the same university. He completed a Master's degree (M.Eng.) in Clinical Engineering and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. Anthony also holds a Certificate in Health Services Management from the Canadian Healthcare Association.Publications
Anthony has research interest in medical devices and technology management. He has published peer-reviewed journal papers and presented at biomedical engineering conferences.
He is the author of the books Medical Technology Management Practice (2003) and Biomedical Device Technology: Principles and Design (2008).Professional Awards
Anthony was nominated and received the Outstanding Canadian Biomedical Engineer Award in 2007 from the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society for outstanding contributions to the field of biomedical engineering.
He was also the recipient of the BCIT Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching and Research Award in 2009 for making a tangible difference in helping BCIT to produce exceptional graduates and has enhanced BCIT's world class reputation.
Cristina Aldulea joined the faculty of the Biomedical Engineering Technology Program 1999. Her teaching duties at BCIT include microprocessors, analog and digital electronics.
She holds a M.Sc. Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from the University Politechnica of Bucharest, and a Diploma of Technology in Biomedical Engineering from BCIT.
These are some of the professional positions she held over the years:
- Biomedical Engineer Technologist - Xillix Technologies Corporation and Surrey Memorial Hospital
- Electronic Hardware Designer - ACR Systems Inc. Surrey
- Design Engineer - National Institute for Scientific Research and Technological Engineering Bucharest
- Design Engineer and Project Coordinator - Automation Department UT Brasov.
Bruno is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with 25 years of health technology experience in biomedical research and the medical device industry. He is a faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering Technology Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia.
He is a member of the board of a medical device company, Tidal Photonics Inc. and a director of the Medical Device Development Center in Vancouver.
Prior to joining BCIT in 1999, Bruno was Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer at Xillix Technologies Corp., a medical device company he co-founded in 1988. From 1983 to 1993, Bruno was a Research Engineer and member of the scientific professional staff at the British Columbia Cancer Research Centre.Education
Bruno received a Master Degree in Engineering Sciences (M.A.Sc.) form Simon Fraser University. He also holds a degree in Electrical Engineering (B.A.Sc.) from the University of British Columbia and was trained in mechanical and electrical engineering (Dipl. T) in Switzerland.Publications
Bruno has authored more than 50 papers and patents related to image cytometry, endoscopic tissue fluorescence, digital camera technology, digital image processing, and microscopy.Professional awards:
The Friesen-Rygiel Prize 1999: awarded to the partners that transfer a Canadian discovery leading to a commercial enterprise.
The BCIT Applied Research Excellence Award 2006: awarded to a BCIT faculty who has made an outstanding contribution in term of advancement of knowledge through development, application and implementation of technology.Special interests
- Medical Device Development
- Digital Biomedical Imaging
Jochen is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with 23 years experience in the world of Clinical/Biomedical Engineering. After several temporary engagements as Clinical Engineer in local Biomedical Engineering departments he joined Xillix Technologies Corp. in 1993 and Novadaq Technologies in 2006. Within these companies, Jochen's responsibilities ranged from Customer Service, Design Maintenance, Engineering Operations, to Quality Assurance and Project Management.Education
Jochen received his B.A.Sc. (Engineering Physics, 1985) and his M.Eng. (Clinical Engineering, 1987) degrees from the University of British Columbia.Special interests
- Software development and database applications
- Quality management systems
Ginny Ho became a faculty member of the Biomedical Engineering Technology program in 2012 as an assistant instructor. Before BCIT, Ginny worked as a biomedical engineering technologist at St. Paul’s hospital for 13 years. Ginny has attended many factory-level service trainings and gained valuable experience on different types of medical devices and systems during her career in the hospital.Education
Ginny received her B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of British Columbia, and graduated from the BCIT Biomedical Engineering Technology Diploma program. While working at St. Paul's Hospital, she enrolled in the MBA-Management of Technology program at Simon Fraser University and graduated in 2011.Special interest
Ginny volunteers with an organization called Hearing Health Care for Uganda, where she travels with the ENT surgeons from St. Paul's Hospital to help diagnose and repair medical equipment in Uganda.
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