Healthcare Technology Management / BioMedical Equipment TechnologyAssociate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)
This pathway meets AAS in Healthcare Technology Management/Biomedical Equipment Technology (HTM/BMET) degree requirements. The program emphasizes a practical, hands-on approach to the field of electronics and provides specialized training needed for jobs installing, calibrating, repairing and maintaining patient monitoring and diagnostic equipment. Coursework includes electronics technology, IT, chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and project management as well as preparation specific to employment in hospitals, medical equipment manufacturing, and field service engineering.
In order to gain work experience critical to job placement in the biomedical field, students in this program complete an externship in a hospital or medical facility, or with an equipment manufacturer or laboratory.
Estimated Length of Completion
|Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)||Full Time: 7
Part Time: 11
Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.
For Placement testing, contact Testing Center 527-3674
To begin program, students must test into the English and Math courses listed below:
Integrated Reading and Writing II
Course Substitute : higher ENGL course
This course provides students with a supportive learning community in which to further develop the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills needed to write in academic settings. Topics include reading and writing processes, critical thinking strategies, vocabulary, study skills, and grammar instruction. Upon completion, students should be able to apply these skills toward understanding a variety of academic and career-related texts and composing a college-level essay.
Course Substitute : higher MATH course or have taken equivalent or higher MATH course
Basic operations with algebraic expressions; solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities; solving absolute value equations; systems of linear equations; applications of linear equations and systems; laws of exponents; operations on polynomials.
- Identify and apply technical concepts and terms used in the field.
- Analyze and troubleshoot electronic systems.
- Use and configure computer hardware, operating systems and basic networks.
- Use word processing and electronic circuit simulation software.
- Repair, maintain, and apply relevant information from various sources to address workplace problems.
- Biomedical Equipment Technician
- Electrical and Electronics Repairer, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
- Medical Equipment Preparer
- Medical Equipment Repairer
Job tests this program will prepare you for:
For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:
All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.
Part Time Cost
The following fee is associated with the program:
- BMET Certification: $165
- A+ Certification: $182
North offers electronics courses (designated with the "EET" prefix) on-campus in the day time, evenings, online, and hybrid (part on-campus, part online). Most classes meet twice per week (Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs) or once per week throughout the quarter.
This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:
- Online: Coursework is generally completed over the internet, within a quarterly timeframe, contact with instructor via email. Some courses may require limited on-campus visits.
- Hybrid: Hybrid courses provide students with the scheduling flexibility of fewer campus visits while covering the same materials as an equivalent class held entirely on campus. Hybrid classes usually have at least one on-campus meeting per week combined with a "virtual classroom" with online content, lessons and activities.
- Evening: Courses with a start time of 4:00 PM or later.
- Daytime: Courses offered between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM
This course covers the terminology surrounding anatomy, physiology, pathology, tests, and treatments. The student will learn basic medical word structure and language. An overview of the body including cavities and regions, anatomical planes and directional terms, divisions of the spine, and individual body systems. Spelling, pronunciation, and listening are practiced. Open to all students in healthcare professions. Contact the Workforce Instruction Division at (206) 934-3790 or Advising at (206) 934-3658 for information and to register. Note: This course replaces AHI 100 Introduction to Medical Vocabulary. Permission required.
Chemical Concepts W-Lab
Course Substitute : CHEM& 121 - Intro to Chemistry (5 credits)
A humanistic approach to chemistry for students who have no previous experience in chemistry. Introduces chemical principles, facts, and theories and how they relate to our lives, communities, and the environment. Topics include atomic theory, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, periodicity, basic thermodynamic and elementary bonding, an introduction to organic chemistry, and other topics that relate to chemistry in the every day world.
Introduction to Technology
Survey disciplines within the field of electronics and technologies related to electronic occupations to give students a knowledge of the standards, practices and skills necessary for employment in electronic-related occupations. Guest speakers, field visits, reading, media or general discussion with class members. Computer Fee.
Introduction to Soldering
Beginning electronics support course providing the student with information and skills to safely perform soldering tasks in the field. The student will acquire skills to remove components and replace them without causing damage to either the component or the Printed Circuit Boards (PCB's). The student will learn the techniques to select the proper solder, soldering aids, tools, and other associated test equipment. Prerequisite: EET 160 or EET 161 or instructor permission.
Fundamentals of Fluid Power
Introduction to fluid power systems used in industry. Covers fundamentals of hydraulic and pneumatic systems including fluid power components and schematic diagrams. Includes electrical/electronic control of fluid power systems and information on several electro-hydraulic servo systems. Prereq. EET 109 or MATH& 141 or higher.
Physics for students in a vocational technical field. Covers the basic laws of physics as applied to mechanics, matter and heat, wave motion and sound, electricity and magnetism, light and modern physics. Includes physical concepts as applied to industrial-technical fields. Prereq: EET 109 or MATH& 141.
IT Essentials I - A+ Certification
First of two courses that addresses the body of knowledge required for the current CompTIA A+ Certification. The emphasis is on the fundamentals of installing, maintaining, and configuring computer hardware; operating systems; networks; and security. Course Prerequisite: Ability to use an internet browser and create a document with a word processor. Computer lab fee.
IT Essentials A+ Certification Advanced
This course is part two of a two-course series that addresses the body of knowledge required for the current CompTIA A+ Certification. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of installing, maintaining, and configuring computer hardware, operating systems, networks, and security. Computer lab fee.
Principles of DC Electronics
First in a series of lecture-lab courses designed for an in-depth study of electronics. Performance goals will allow students to analyze series and parallel circuits. Basic concepts of energy, work, power, current and voltage are studied as well as Ohm's and Kirchhoff's laws. Achievement of course goals is supported using computer models and hands-on labs. Prerequisite: MATH 081 or equivalent, or higher
A.C. Principles of Electronics
This second course in a series designed for an in-depth study of electronics covers the sinusoidal waveform, its generation and measurement, and basic AC topics including frequency, inductance, capacitance, reactance, resonance, filters, and transformers. Computer models, as well as labs with the oscilloscope, are used throughout.
Solid State Electronics
Analysis of characteristics of analog semiconductor devices and their applications in common electronic circuits. Course begins with construction of simple power supplies and moves to more complex amplifier circuits. Construction and measurement of devices and circuit parameters verify math analysis of circuits explored. Prerequisites: EET 162 or instructor permission.Computer Fee.
Analog Circuits and Devices
Continued analysis of characteristics of semiconductor devices and their applications in common electronic circuits. Explanation and analysis of field-effect transistors (FETs), thyristors, and operational amplifiers, their nomenclature and identification, characteristics, parameters, and basic circuit applications. Explanation and analysis of special-purpose diodes (particularly the zener) and their applications. Prerequisite: EET 163 or instructor permission. Computer Fee.
Digital Electronics & Plcs I
Fundamentals of digital electronics and interface circuits. Course covers number systems, logic gates, Boolean algebra and logic simplification (including DeMorgan's theorems and Karnaugh maps), encoders and decoders, multiplexers and demultiplexers, and an introduction to flip-flops, and an introduction to programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Prerequisite: EET 161 or instructor permission. Computer fee.
Biomedical Equipment I
This course covers devices, circuits, and concepts specific to the healthcare environment, including theory and operation of equipment used for patient care. Emphasis is given to patient-connected equipment, including monitors for cardiovascular, respiratory, and neurological parameters; thermometry; and electrical safety. Laboratory exercises cover the maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, and calibration of equipment.
Biomedical Equipment II
This course continues the study of medical technology begun in EET 286, with a focus on equipment specific to the surgical setting, medical video, medication pumps, medical lasers; an overview of various imaging modalities; and technology used in the clinical laboratory. Lab expercises emphasize maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, and calibration of such equipment. Prerequisite: EET 286 with a grade of 2.5 or higher.
Biomedical Technician Externship
This course is designed to supply students with industry work experience in the biomedical electronics field. Students are expected to source their own work site, but it must be approved by the instructor. Specific equipment will vary from site to site but the student is expected to generalize the experience to the biomedical electronics field.
Multicultural Issues in the U.S. Workplace
Course Substitute : Global Studies designated course (5 credits) or US Cultures designated course (5 credits) View List of Approved Courses
This course examines primary and secondary aspects of diversity, including (but not limited to): race and ethnicity, gender and gender expression, sexual orientation, intersectionality, mental challenges, social class, and appearance/weight. Students will study effects these issues of diversity have on the ethical, legal, communication, marketing, and organizational change in the workplace of the United States.
Project Management Introduction and Overview
This course is an overview of project management from a business perspective. Topics will include project authorization & planning as well as managing project resources, scheduling, budgeting and risk. Students will apply principles to their own project.
Mathematical Applications for Circuit Analysis
Course Substitute : MATH& 141 - Pre-Calculus (5 credits) or higher MATH course
This is an overview of basic mathematical applications for electronic circuit analysis. Includes fundamental concepts of operations with numbers, the metric system, fundamental algebraic concepts, graphing, exponential and logarithmic functions, right triangles, basic trigonometric functions, vectors and complex numbers. Prerequisite: MATH 081 or equivalent.
English Composition I
English 101 is a college-level writing course that emphasizes academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Writing assignments focus on engaging with and responding to a variety of texts. Instruction encourages students to develop, through revision and reflection, as readers, writers, and critical thinkers. Prereq: Eligibility for ENGL&101.
Human Relations Course
Preferred class is: BUS 236 - Interpersonal Communication (5 credits)
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