The BCIT Biomedical Engineering program is the only one of its kind offered in BC and the only one in Canada that is specifically targeted to both hospital and medical device industries. Our students have access to BCIT's extensive array of health technology equipment, which prepares them for the workforce as soon as they graduate.
Biomedical engineering applies science and engineering to healthcare and medical device industries. Our grads help develop new medical devices and products or maintain specialized medical equipment that is used to support patient care.
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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 analyzers 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).
Biomedical engineering professionals develop new medical devices and products to diagnose and treat patients. Every hospital and clinic needs biomedical engineering technologists to keep life-saving machines functioning at their best. Work opportunities are dynamic and diverse, with room for advancement and flexibility.
Creative. Innovative. Skilled. Biomedical engineering technology grads have numerous options. From hospitals, technical support, sales, operations, design, and innovation, grads can choose the field that best suits their skills and passion.
Entry-level positions, such as a hospital biomedical engineering technologist (BMET), offer starting annual salaries of approximately $47,000.
Grads can work in:
Grads can complete degrees in engineering, business, and technology management. They qualify to join professional associations like the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society (CMBES) and the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC).
Graduates from the BCIT Biomedical Engineering Program may continue their education in one of the following pathways:
This part-time studies degree aims to expand professional knowledge, management skills and attributes for the roles as supervisors and managers in technical organizations.
Upon completion of the bachelor degree, Technology Management graduates can choose to enroll in the Simon Fraser University's Master of Technology (MOT) MBA program, and have the option to complete the degree in one year full-time, or two years part-time.
See entrance requirements and information on the Program website.
This is a laddering pathway for those who are interested in obtaining an accredited engineering degree in biomedical engineering.
BCIT BMET diploma graduates who have been accepted by the Simon Fraser University's BASc (BME Option) will receive 42 transfer credits in the undergraduate degree program. Contact the BCIT BMET Program Head for details.
See entrance requirements and information about the SFU BME bachelor degree program at the SFU BME Program website.
The BEng (Electrical is a four year BCIT program accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). The program is designed to provide a pathway to registration as a Professional Engineer in BC. BMET Diploma graduate will have advanced placement in this program. Contact the BCIT BMET Program Head for more information.
BMET diploma graduates who have a bachelor degree are eligible to apply to enter the UBC MEng (Biomedical) or MASc (Biomedical Engineering) Programs.
PhD, PEng, CEng, CCE
Program Head, Biomedical Engineering,
School of Health Sciences
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.
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
BSc, DipT, MBA
School of Health Sciences
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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