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  • This program will be delivered for the fall semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
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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.

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 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 Program Entry 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.

Program Entry

Note: The application process for this program is under review. Applicants for the September 2021 intake will be required to complete mandatory online CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) testing.

COVID-19 Notice to Applicants

Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants. At this time, there are no program-specific changes for applying to this program.

Application processing

Applications are accepted from October 1st* to April 15th.*

We recommend that you apply early. All supporting documents must be submitted by the application deadline.

*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
  • 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

*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, 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.

Apply to program

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Learn more about how to apply

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 enroll 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 TE 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 two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

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

Advanced Placement


You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through either re-admission or direct entry. Please note that applications are considered based on:
  • Complete applications: you must show proof that you have completed (or are registered in) all requirements to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applicants exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.


If you have previously completed part of this program at BCIT and wish to re-enter the program at an advanced level, you can apply for re-admission.

View the Re-admission Process and Guidelines

  1. Review the letter sent to you by Student Records at myBCIT. This letter will indicate whether you are required/eligible to apply for re-admission at this time. Alternatively, you may wish to contact the Program Head for more information about re-applying.
  2. If eligible, apply online for re-admission. Be prepared to pay the application fee. It is recommended that you submit your application for re-admission at least one term prior to your anticipated re-admission date.
  3. Re-admission is conditional on your successful implementation of a plan resolving previous academic difficulties. The applicant is responsible for submitting such a plan in writing to the Program Head at the time of application, and for carrying out the plan to the satisfaction of the program. Allow sufficient time between submission and the start of term to allow for satisfactory implementation of the plan.
  4. Applicants who have failed a term or any course more than once, or have failed more than one term in the program, are not ordinarily re-admitted.
  5. You may be required to repeat and successfully complete courses that have undergone a significant curriculum change, or courses that were taken more than three years previously. This may include courses for which transfer credits were previously granted. You may be required to adhere to a performance contract with the department.
  6. You will not be permitted to take any courses more than one level higher than your current level of study in the program (i.e. you may not take a level 4 course if you have an outstanding level 2 course.).

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Submit your success plan with your online application.

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

Direct entry

If you are new to the program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level, you can apply for direct entry.

BCIT accepts complete applications from:

  • February 1st* to October 31st* for level 2 (January start)
  • October 1st* to March 31st* for level 3 (September start)
  • *or next business day

Submit the following with your online application:

  • Proof of meeting all general entrance requirements (Steps 1 to 3; note that direct entry applicants are not required to attend a BMET Program Information Session)
  • Course-by-Course Self-Assessment Form [PDF] showing that you have copmleted (or are registered in) all courses in the preceding level(s) (or equivalents*)
  • Official transcripts** and course outlines for all previous education
  • Resume, outlining previous education and work experience

*Details provided for equivalent courses must outline course descriptions, learning outcomes, and topics covered. Generally, to qualify for credit, the equivalent course(s) must have been completed within five years with a minimum of 65%, and have 80% or more commonality in the topics covered at a level that is comparable or higher. If relevant education was completed more than five years ago, substantial related work experience is required. On your resume, provice an explanation of how your work experience relates to the courses in the preceding level(s).

**Applicants who completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

Direct entry FAQ

When should I apply?
It is recommended that you apply when you have met all of the entrance requirements. If you are currently registered in a course(s), please indicate this on the self-assessment form.

What if I don’t receive credit for all courses in the preceding term?
The program may suggest BCIT part-time studies courses that need to be completed prior to term start. In some circumstances, the program may identify courses that can be taken concurrently. Most students are required to make up one or more courses.

Can I appeal the assessment of equivalency?
You may appeal in writing. Be prepared to supply addition information or clarification to your original submission. You have 10 days to accept or appeal (in writing) the ‘Second Assessment’ that you receive by email.

What will happen if I cannot complete all required courses before the term starts?
All courses must be completed prior to term start unless the program has identified a course that can be taken concurrently or that can be deferred until a later term.

When will I be accepted?
Once your application has been assessed and has been approved for direct entry, a seat must become available in the program you have selected. The Admissions department must wait until the current students obtain their final grades in either December or May to determine how many seats will become available for direct entry applicants.

What do I do if I have already completed a level 2 or 3 course?
If you have already completed a course either at another institution or through part-time studies at BCIT, you must apply for course credit/exemption as soon as you have been accepted to the program. You should attend classes until you receive formal written notice that you have been granted course credit. Please note that this will not reduce your tuition fees.

When will I get my timetable?
Print your timetable one day prior to class start by logging into and going to Student Self-Service. You must be registered in your courses in order to access this feature.

When can I buy my books?
It is recommended that you wait until the first week of classes before buying textbooks. Your instructors will tell you which books to buy.

To register for a Part-time Studies course, visit Register for Part-time Courses or contact Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Still have questions? Review the Admissions FAQ or contact Program Advising.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1:  $1,960 (including laptop computer)
Level 2:  $950
Level 3:  $1.200
Level 4:  $1,050

(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.


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].

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  BHSC 1101 Anatomy and Physiology 1 (BMET) 4.0
  BMET 1100 Electronics Principles and Practice 1 8.0
  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 2A (15 weeks) Credits
  BHSC 2201 Anatomy and Physiology 2 (BMET) 3.0
  BMET 2200 Electronics Principles and Practice 2 7.0
  BMET 2205 Biomedical Computer Networks and Data Communication 5.0
  BMET 2215 Digital Electronics 5.0
  COMM 2278 Technical Communication 2 for Biomedical Engineering Technology 2.0
  COMP 3152 Software Engineering 3.0
  MATH 2782 Calculus for Biomedical Engineering 5.0
Level 2B (5 weeks) Credits
  BMET 2210 Electrical Skills Workshop for Biomedical Engineering Technology 1.5
  BMET 2220 Mechanical Skills Workshop for Biomedical Engineering Technology 1.5
  BMET 2225 Practical Skills in Biomedical Engineering Technology 1.5
  BMET 2230 Biomedical Engineering Technology Seminars 1.0
  BMET 2235 Investigations in Biomedical Engineering Technology 3.0
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 6.0
  BMET 3305 Computer Network Applications in Healthcare 3.0
  BMET 3315 Microcontrollers and Embedded Systems 5.0
  CHEM 1205 General and Organic Chemistry for Biomedical Engineering 5.0
Level 4A (15 weeks) Credits
  BMET 4401 Biomedical Devices Technology 2 7.0
  BMET 4402 Biomedical Engineering Technology Project 4.0
  BMET 4403 Medical Imaging Systems 5.0
  CHEM 2305 Biochemistry/Instrumental Analysis 5.0
  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
Level 4B (5 weeks) Credits
  BMET 4420 Practical Experience in Biomedical Engineering Technology 7.0
Total Credits: 136.5
Note: Students cannot take any courses more than one level higher than their current level of study in the program (e.g., students cannot take a level 4 course with an outstanding level 2 course).

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 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).

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 $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

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 listing

Please check our list of Biomedical Engineering graduates, searchable by graduate year.

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 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 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.

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

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Mohammed Alnaeb

DipT (BME), BTECH ( Electronics)
Assistant Instructor,
School of Health Sciences
Tel: 604-432-8520

More about Mohammed Alnaeb »

Jochen Boehm

MEng, PEng
School of Health Sciences
Tel: 604-451-7177

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Jenny Jin

DipT (BME), Master in Electronics, Bachelor in BME
School of Health Sciences
Tel: 604-432-8509

More about Jenny Jin »

Alexander Sayer

BTech (Electronics), DipT (BME)
School of Health Sciences
Tel: 604-432-8758

More about Alexander Sayer »

Majid Shokoufi

School of Health Sciences
Tel: 604-451-6995

More about Majid Shokoufi »

Doreen Lee

Program Assistant
School of Health Sciences
Tel: 604-431-4925

Advisory committee

Our Advisory Committee is made up of industry professionals from across Canada including:
  • Greg Brett, Interior Health Authority
  • Kris Dickie, Clarius
  • David Moreau, BC Cancer Agency
  • Pej Namshirin, Vancouver General Hospital
  • Scott Nelson, Northern Health Authority
  • Wayne Pogue, Technology for Living
  • Martin Poulin, Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Andrew Rawicz, Simon Fraser University School of Engineering
  • Sandra Swanson, Providence Health Care
  • Rocky Yang, The Hospital for Sick Children

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The instructors are specialists in their respective fields. Questions were always encouraged; our curiosities never constrained by the curriculum. The small class sizes meant my peers and I to got to know each other very well over the course of the program. I know that this is one of the many reasons why we succeeded. I learned the fundamentals of medical devices that enabled me to understand, service, and engineer equipment that ultimately improve patient care.
Don Ta, BC Cancer Agency Vancouver employee and BCIT Biomedical Engineering Graduate 2014


"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

CMBES Award Recipient - Greg Brett

Greg Brett received the 2018 “Outstanding Canadian Biomedical Engineering Technologist” Award at the  Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society conference in Charlottetown. Greg graduated from our Program in 1978 and is currently the Corporate Director, HealthCare Technology Management of the Interior Health Authority in the BC Okanagan Region.