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.
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Our Biomedical Engineering Technology program has a reputation among grads for launching careers. See Graduating and Jobs for opportunities.
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].
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.
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).
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:
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.
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 in the School of Health Sciences. He is also a teaching faculty and Adjunct Professor of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program of 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, senior member of the IEEE, and member of the IET, and HKIE. Education
Anthony graduated in Electrical Engineering (B.Sc. with honors) from the University of Hong Kong in 1979 and completed his M.Sc. in Engineering from the same University. He has a Master's Degree (M.Eng.) in Clinical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, B.C., Canada. He also holds a Certificate in Health Services Management from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.Publications
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. 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" (2016, 1st edition 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
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).
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
DipT (BME), Master in Electronics, Bachelor in BME
School of Health Sciences
Jenny 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.Education
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.
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.
Dr. 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.
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