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Note: The September 2015 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for readmission may be submitted. Applications for September 2016 will be accepted starting November 1, 2015 (or next business day).

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.

About the program

  • Two-year, full-time Diploma program
  • Lectures, labs, research, and design projects deliver a strong foundation of knowledge
  • A five-week practicum and field trips give you hands-on learning in the work environment

Want to learn more about BCIT's Biomedical Engineering program? Visit Program Details.

Who it's for

This program is for individuals who:

  • Have a high school diploma or higher level of education
  • Enjoy working with people and teams in the healthcare industry
  • Are curious about how things work from a technological and design perspective
  • Want to develop their creative thinking and problem-solving skills

Our program is in demand. See Program Entry to find out if biomedical engineering is right for you.

What grads can do

Our Biomedical Engineering program has a reputation among grads for launching careers. See Graduating and Jobs for opportunities.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications accepted November 1st* to April 15th*

*or next business day

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Three-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Requirements completed within the last five years
  • Additional post-secondary academic courses*
  • Applicants with a bachelors degree*

*Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Chemistry 11 (73%)

  • Physics: one of the following:
    • Physics 11 (73%) or
    • Physics 12 (67%)

  • Math*: one of the following:
    • Principles of Mathematics 12 (73%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 12 (73%)

  • Complete the following forms for submission with your online application:

*Note: Foundations of Mathematics 12 is not acceptable

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Department assessment

All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.

Step 3: Conditionally selected applicants

If you have been conditionally accepted to BCIT you will be notified and the following information will be required in order to be accepted into the program:

Once these and any other outstanding conditions have been met, you will receive notification of your full acceptance.

Clinical requirements

Note: Effective immediately, all health care workers who come into contact with patients at publicly-funded health care facilities or in the community, including at long-term-care facilities, will have to get the influenza vaccine or wear a mask during flu season. This policy affects all students who will be entering a clinical setting.

As such, you will be required to provide proof of your immunization or agree to wear a mask at all times through the flu season prior to being placed in your clinical studies.

Face Respirator Fit Testing

A face piece respiratory fit test is required before students are permitted to enter the clinical practicum. Upon successful completion of the fit test, the original certificate must be presented to the program and annual re-fitting is required. Students are expected to carry their certificate with them at all times during their practicum.

For the Respirator Fit Testing, fit testing with a N95 respirator (1860, 1860s or 1870) is required and must be performed, in accordance with CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z94.4-02. Fit Testing must also include, inspection, cleaning, maintenance and storage of protective equipment. Students will be given specific instructions in preparation for their fit testing by the provider they choose.

Recommended for success

  • Strongly recommended - basic computer skills in Windows operating systems, and creating documents and worksheets in word processing and spreadsheet programs such as MS Word and Excel.

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through re-admission. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof of completing all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applications exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.

Re-admission: Have you completed part of this program at BCIT and want to apply to an advanced level?

Applications are accepted throughout the year. View the Re-admission Process and Guidelines [PDF] for details.

Apply to program

Note: The September 2015 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for readmission may be submitted. Applications for September 2016 will be accepted starting November 1, 2015 (or next business day).

BCIT only accepts complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Now

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enrol in Computing, Engineering, Electronic and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.


Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1:  $950
Level 2:  $700
Level 3:  $900
Level 4:  $700

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Face respirator fit testing: approx $25 per year, annual re-fitting required.

Plus additional cost of travel and accommodation if practicum takes place outside the Greater Vancouver area.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  BHSC 1101 Anatomy and Physiology 1 (BMET) 4.0
  BMET 1100 Electronics Principles and Practice 1 9.0
  COMM 1178 Technical Communication 1 for Biomedical Engineering Technology 3.0
  COMP 1120 Introduction to Computer Architecture and Configuration 4.0
  MATH 1781 Technical Math for Biomedical Engineering 7.0
  PHYS 1178 Physics for Biomedical Engineering Technology 4.0
Level 2 (20 weeks plus 1 week for BMET 0220) Credits
  BHSC 2201 Anatomy and Physiology 2 (BMET) 4.0
  BMET 0220 Mechanical Skills Workshop for Biomedical Engineering Technology 0.0
  BMET 2200 Electronics Principles and Practice 2 9.5
  BMET 2215 Digital Electronics 6.5
  CHEM 1205 General and Organic Chemistry for Biomedical Engineering 6.5
  COMM 2278 Technical Communication 2 for Biomedical Engineering Technology 2.5
  ELEX 2860 Electronic Prototype Manufacturing 4.0
  MATH 2782 Calculus for Biomedical Engineering 6.5
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  BMET 3300 Electronics Principles and Practice 3 6.0
  BMET 3301 Biomedical Devices Technology 1 6.0
  BMET 3302 Medical Device Standards 5.0
  BMET 3303 Biomedical Computer Networks and Data Communications 5.0
  CHEM 2305 Biochemistry/Instrumental Analysis 5.0
  COMP 3152 Software Engineering 3.0
Level 4 (15 weeks plus practicum) Credits
  BMET 4401 Biomedical Devices Technology 2 7.0
  BMET 4402 Biomedical Engineering Technology Project 3.0
  BMET 4403 Medical Imaging Systems 5.0
  BMET 4415 Digital Systems and Microprocessors 5.0
  BMET 4420 Practical Experience in Biomedical Engineering Technology 7.0
  COMM 3478 Technical Communication 3 for Biomedical Engineering Technology 1.0
  ELEX 4855 Electronic Image Displays 4.0
  MATH 3782 Statistics for Biomedical Engineering 2.0
  NURS 1182 Patient Care 2.0
Total Credits: 136.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

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).

Program length

Two years, full-time beginning in September each year.


Graduates are eligible for registration as Applied Science Technologists (AScT) through ASTTBC after two years of relevant work experience following graduation.

Graduating & Jobs

Our graduates get work

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.

Career opportunities

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:

  • Research, development, and product innovation
  • Hospitals, laboratories, and private clinics
  • Medical equipment field service
  • Technology support and training
  • Medical product sales and marketing

See what our grads are saying. View the most recent post-grad survey [PDF].

Keep learning

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).

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2012-2014 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2011-2013 graduates and for Degree 2009-2011 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Continuing Education

Graduates from the BCIT Biomedical Engineering Program may continue their education in one of the following pathways:

Bachelor of Technology Degree in Technology Management – BCIT School of Transportation; and Master of Technology MBA Degree – Simon Fraser University

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.

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (Biomedical Engineering Option) – School of Engineering Science, Simon Fraser University.

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 Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering at BCIT

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.

Bachelor of Engineering – University of Victoria

The BEng in Bio medical Engineering degree at UVic is a new degree. The BCIT BMET Program is exploring opportunities for laddering and credit transfer.

Master Degrees (M.Eng., or M.A.Sc.) in Biomedical Engineering – Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program, University of British Columbia

BMET diploma graduates who have a bachelor degree are eligible to apply to enter the UBC MEng (Biomedical) or MASc (Biomedical Engineering) Programs.

Other Continuing Education Opportunities at BCIT

See BCIT continuing education programs and courses.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Anthony Chan

PhD, PEng, CEng, CCE
Program Head, Biomedical Engineering,
School of Health Sciences
Tel: 604-432-8994
Email: Anthony_Chan@bcit.ca

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Cristina Aldulea

School of Health Sciences
Tel: 604-451-6995
Email: Cristina_Aldulea@bcit.ca

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Bruno Jaggi

DiplT, BASc, MASc, PEng
School of Health Sciences
Tel: 604-432-8509
Email: Bruno_Jaggi@bcit.ca

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Jochen Boehm

MEng, PEng
School of Health Sciences
Tel: 604-451-7177
Email: Jochen_Boehm@bcit.ca

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Ginny Ho

BSc, DipT, MBA
Assistant Instructor,
School of Health Sciences
Tel: 604-432-8520
Email: Ginny_Ho@bcit.ca

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Anne Andrew

Associate Dean,
School of Health Sciences
Tel: 604-432-8295
Email: Anne_Andrew@bcit.ca

Leesa Watt

Program Assistant,
BMET Day School Program
School of Health Sciences
Tel: 604-432-8831
Email: Leesa_Watt@bcit.ca

Sharon Cameron

Program Assistant,
BMET Part-time Studies Program
School of Health Sciences
Tel: 604-432-8723
Email: Sharon_Cameron@bcit.ca

Advisory committee

  • Geof Auchinleck, Haemonetics Canada Ltd
  • Chris Buck, Vancouver General Hospital
  • Simon Cox, TIL - Technology for Independent Living
  • Francis Keong, Northern Health Authority
  • Ezra Kwok, UBC Faculty of Applied Science
  • Nick MacKinnon, Lumedica Consultants Inc
  • Scott Phillips, StarFish Medical
  • Pej Namshirin, VGH
  • Tim Rode, Interior Health Authority
  • Ray Polak, Fraser Health Authority
  • Martin Poulin, VIHA
  • Andrew Rawicz, Simon Fraser University
  • Adrian Smith, Vancouver General Hospital
  • Sandra Swanson, St. Paul's Hospital
  • Ron Van Paridon, GE Healthcare

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"My most memorable experience would have to be the project course where we designed and developed a device that helps improve the lives of people living with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), or Lou Gehrig's disease. My team and I were able to develop a device where the user can control a computer with only the eyes."

Alan Kwok
BMET graduate, 2012
Biomedical Technologist,
Novadaq Technologies