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
The BCIT Biomedical Engineering Technology 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.
- Two-year, full-time Diploma program
- Lectures, labs, research, and design projects [YouTube link] 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 Technology 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 Entrance Requirements to find out if biomedical engineering is right for you.
What grads can do
Our Biomedical Engineering Technology program has a reputation among grads for launching careers. See Graduating and Jobs for opportunities.
Note: In alignment with public health orders, this program requires that students be vaccinated for a number of communicable diseases – including COVID-19.
Note: Entrance requirements for the fall 2023 intake are undergoing departmental review. Any changes to these requirements will be posted by October 31, 2022.
All applicants will be required to complete the mandatory online Casper test (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) prior to the application deadline. Please continue to check the Casper test website for upcoming test dates. Casper test results are valid for the entire school year which the test was completed (October to August). You only need to take the Casper test once during this time.
Note: Last minute bookings are not recommended, register at least three days prior to your preferred test date.
Note: The Biomedical Engineering Technology program curriculum has been revised effective for all intakes starting in or after September 2019.
Students that began the program prior to September 2019 refer to the September 2018 (and prior) matrix [PDF].
This program prepares individuals who are interested in technology and health sciences to enter a challenging career in biomedical engineering.
The program graduates biomedical engineering technologists with the ability to participate in the development and application of technology in medicine and biology. 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 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. Building on this fundamental knowledge, the curriculum provides practical understanding in the principles, operations, and design of medical diagnostic and therapeutic devices and systems (examples: patient monitoring network, cardiac defibrillators, clinical laboratory analyzers, and medical imaging systems). Medical device-related standards and protocols, research and design methodologies, technology life-cycle management strategies, safe clinical practices, and performance assurance testing procedures and troubleshooting techniques are all studied and practiced in this program. At the end of their second year, each student spends five weeks in supervised training in a hospital, research agency, or medical equipment provider.
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).
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.
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 $52,000.
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
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).
Please check our list of Biomedical Engineering graduates, searchable by graduate year.
PhD, PEng, CEng, CCE
Program Head, Biomedical Engineering,
School of Health Sciences
More about Anthony Chan
Dr. 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 in the School of Health Sciences. He is also a teaching faculty and Adjunct Professor of the School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining BCIT, Anthony was the Director of Biomedical Engineering at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, B.C, Canada and the Consultant and Manager of the Biomedical Engineering Departments at the Burnaby and Lion’s Gate Hospitals in Vancouver. Anthony is a Professional Engineer (Canada), Chartered Engineer (UK), Certified Clinical Engineer (Canada), fellow of CMBES, life senior member of the IEEE, and member of the IET, and HKIE.
Anthony graduated in Electrical Engineering (B.Sc. with honors) from the University of Hong Kong in and completed his M.Sc. in Engineering from the same University. He completed a Master’s Degree (M.Eng.) in Clinical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Canada. He also holds a Certificate in Health Services Management from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Anthony has research interest in assistive technology, medical device development, and healthcare technology management. He has been invited to give lectures at universities, speak at technical meetings, and as plenary speakers at international conferences and symposia. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering. In addition to peer-reviewed journal paper and conference proceeding publications, Anthony is the author of two books – “Medical Technology Management Practice” (2003) and “Biomedical Device Technology: Principles and Design” (2022, 2ndEd. In 2016, 1st Ed. in 2008).
Anthony was nominated and received the “Outstanding Canadian Biomedical Engineer Award” in 2007 from the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society (CMBES) for outstanding contributions to the field of biomedical engineering. In 2015, he was recognized and awarded fellow of CMBES for his exceptional record of accomplishments and service to biomedical engineering, and bringing significant value to the Society and the profession. Anthony was also the recipient of the 2009 BCIT Alumni Association’s “Excellence in Teaching and Research Award” for making a tangible difference in helping BCIT to produce exceptional graduates and has enhanced BCIT’s world class reputation.
DipT (BME), BTECH ( Electronics)
School of Health Sciences
More about Mohammed Alnaeb
With 5 years of experience in the healthcare environment. Mohammed has worked in several Biomedical engineering departments through lower mainland hospitals, worked in a private medical imaging company, and as an equipment coordinator for the Royal Columbian Hospital redevelopment project.
Mohammed’s responsibilities encounter the medical equipment through its different life cycle stages including assisting clinical leads in selecting the optimal equipment that meets their clinical needs, procuring various types of medical equipment, maintaining and repairing it, and retiring it as hospital assets.
His duties at BCIT include teaching medical imaging lab sessions and assisting students through their graduation projects.
Mohammed is a graduate of the BCIT Biomedical Engineering Technology Program (2015), and a graduate from BCIT Bachelor of Technology (Electronics) Program (2020).
School of Health Sciences
More about Jochen Boehm
Work experienceJochen 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.
Jochen received his B.A.Sc. (Engineering Physics, 1985) and his M.Eng. (Clinical Engineering, 1987) degrees from the University of British Columbia.
- Software development and database applications
- Quality management systems
DipT (BME), Master in Electronics, Bachelor in BME
School of Health Sciences
More about Jenny Jin
Work experienceJenny Jin joined the faculty of the Biomedical Engineering Technology Program in 2015. Her teaching duties at BCIT include Medical Computer Networks and Data Communications, and Electronics. Prior to BCIT, Jenny worked as a Biomedical Engineering technologist at Vancouver General Hospital and received many factory-level service trainings during her career in the hospital. Before Jenny moved to Canada, she was an instructor in Tianjin University, teaching Signal and System Analysis; she was also a Biomedical Engineer researching and developing Medical laser systems.
Jenny received her Master’s degree of Physical Electronics and her Bachelor’s degree of Biomedical Engineering from Tianjin University in China. She also graduated from BCIT Biomedical Engineering Technology program.
BTech (Electronics), DipT (BME)
School of Health Sciences
More about Alexander Sayer
Alex is an Engineer in Training (EIT) with 10 years experience in Biomedical Engineering. After graduating from BCIT’s Biomedical Engineering Diploma of Technology in 2012 he worked for the Lower Mainland Biomedical Engineering department at St. Paul’s, Royal Columbian and Vancouver General Hospitals. His responsibilities included the maintenance, repair and troubleshooting on a wide variety of biomedical and electronic equipment for which he has received factory level training.
At Royal Columbian Hospital he was on the surgical team responding to stat trouble calls on Anaesthetic Machines, Patient Monitors and Electrosurgical units in the Operating Rooms. At Vancouver General he is a member of the Hyperbaric operator team assisting with the administration of hyperbaric oxygen treatment for both acute and chronic conditions.
Alex received his Diploma of Technology In Biomedical Engineering in 2012, and a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics from BCIT in 2017.
Majid Shokoufi (on leave)
School of Health Sciences
More about Majid Shokoufi
Work experienceDr. Majid Shokoufi joined as a faculty member of the Britsh Columbia Institute of Technology in 2020. Before joining BCIT, he was CTO of OptiCan Systems Inc. and a postdoctoral research fellow at Simon Fraser University where he led a team to design, develop, and validate a novel optical technology for early detection of breast cancer (DOB-Scan probe). The outcomes of his research have been presented and published in several conferences and journal papers and the ideas of DOB-Scan and its related algorithms have been filed for a US Patent in January 2018. Along with his academic role, Dr.Shokoufi has also collaborations with several companies in several healthcare-related projects such as developing a novel wearable health care monitoring device for the elderly, and self-balancing robotic exoskeleton as a technical lead and consultant. Since the biomedical engineering field is a multidisciplinary area, he has established strong collaborations with his peers in this research field as well as private sectors including BC Cancer Vancouver, Abbotsford and Surrey branches, Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre, and iCord. This helps him to establish effective collaboration between the school and industries. He also founded his own company Electron Engineering Ltd. in 2004 where his team designed, developed, and commercialized several sophisticated industrial equipment such as UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometers, laser-based interactive board.
Besides his research, he was a full-time lecturer at Azad University for over 6 years and a teacher assistant at SFU which provided an unparalleled opportunity to develop his skills as a teacher and mentor. He has taught courses for electrical engineering majors including electric circuits I and II, microprocessors, embedded systems, electric measurement, electronic circuits I and II, pulse circuits, engineering mathematics, wireless communication, and biomedical imaging systems including X-Ray, Ultrasound, CT-Scan, PET Scan, and MIR.
Dr. Majid Shokoufi has received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Amir Kabir University and his Master’s degrees in electronic circuit design from IUST. He then received his Ph.D. in 2017 from Simon Fraser University in Biomedical Engineering – specializing in Biophotonics and cancer diagnosis.
PhD, MSc, BEng
School of Health Sciences
More about Quang Vo
Prior to joining BCIT, Quang Vo was a full-time Biomedical Engineering lecturer at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (National University) for five years. His major courses included Medical Imaging, Sensors and Measurements, Medical Devices, Biomedical Engineering laboratory and Physics Laboratory. He also supervised students to do their projects. Before that, he was employed by the Children’s Hospital 1 as a Biomedical Engineer and was then appointed as the Manager of Biomedical Engineering Unit for over ten years. His responsibilities included the repair, maintenance, management, and troubleshooting on a wide variety of biomedical and electronic devices. During this employment, he received advanced and factory-level training in the field and worked in Denmark at various companies, schools, and hospitals including Rigshospitalet (Denmark´s leading specialized hospital). His PhD study provided him with opportunities to mentor students, to work with different diagnostic imaging modalities and to collaborate with clinicians and staff at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital and Stollery Children’s Hospital. He is currently an Engineer in Training with APEGA.
In addition to teaching, Quang Vo is also interested in research. One of his primary research interests involves developing a 3D ultrasound method to assess and monitor the true severity of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and predict the progression of scoliosis. He published his research in international scientific journals and proceedings, one of which was awarded Open Finalist award by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (USA).
Quang Vo obtained his PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Alberta. He also received his Master’s degree in Laser Technology and Biomedical Engineering, and Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology.
School of Health Sciences
Our Advisory Committee is made up of industry professionals from across Canada including:
- Kris Dickie, Clarius Mobile Health
- Pej Namshirin, Vancouver General Hospital
- Scott Nelson, Northern Health Authority
- Wayne Pogue, Technology for Living
- Martin Poulin, Island Health
- Sandra Swanson, Providence Health Care
- Justin Whyte, GE Healthcare
- Roy Sharplin, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
- Jason Ooi, Siemens Healthineers
- Kelly Kobe, Alberta Health Services
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.
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.
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