Biomedical Service Technician: Clinical Engineering

Health care employment goes beyond direct patient care. There is also demand for technicians to repair medical equipment. Patients and healthcare providers depend on proper functioning of sophisticated equipment. Students in the biomedical service technician: clinical engineering program learn how to maintain and repair everything from medical imaging equipment wheelchairs, and heart monitors.

General Information

Admissions Officer / Recruiter: Andrea Cobb
253.680.7185 | acobb@batestech.edu

Location: Downtown Campus
Hours: Mon - Fri, 7 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Program Length: Seven Quarters

  • National Median Salary$88,040
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings1,600

This information is base on data from September 2018. For updated information, visit careeronestop, a database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

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BMST: Clinical Engineering - Associate of Applied Science: 114 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Natural Science 5.0 BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
Quantitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH&153 - Calculus III
Emphasizes the study of infinite sequences and series including power series. Topics include plane analytic geometry, graphing in polar coordinates, and an introduction to vectors.
5
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5
MATH174 - Math for Allied Health
Mathematical concepts for allied health fields including systems of measurement, use of formulas, ratios and proportions in health applications; and basic statistics
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
BMST102 BMST102 - Blood Borne Pathogens
This course meets the requirements of OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogeons requirements and standards that are found in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations at 29CFR 1910.1030. To prepare and ensure a scientifically clean and sterile environment within the laboratory setting. Additional topics include biohazard awareness.
3
BMST103 BMST103 - HIPAA
This course covers the uses and disclosures of identifiable health information that are allowed or permitted by the HIPAA Privacy Regulations. This course or portions of it may be fulfilled with an approved internship.
2
BMST105 BMST105 - Testing Equipment
This course covers how to safely use and operate a variety of ancillary test equipment. Students receive lecture and lab training as well as hands-on experience with actual equipment.
5
BMST106 BMST106 - Soldering
This course covers most aspects of soldering, a basic requiment in electronic assembly and repair. Types of solder and systems as well as application and removal of solder and good soldering practices are emphasized.
2
BMST107 BMST107 - Schematics
This course covers the process of drawing schematics/block diagrams, read and plan diagnostic procedures, and use a five-step troubleshooting/servicing format.
3
BMST109 BMST109 - Applied Service I
This introduction course prepares students to manage and repair shop projects. Projects may include preventive maintenance, installation, testing, calibration, and repair of various types of equipment.
3
BMST110 BMST110 - Applied Service II
This is a continuance course for students to manage and repair shop projects. Projects may include preventive maintenance, installation, testing, calibration, and repair of various types of equipment.
2
BMST119 BMST119 - Medical Equipment Research I
This is an group research project meant to build research and presentation skills. Students are required to produce and present six research projects to an audience. Projects subjects may vary from medical equipment, companies or professional associations, among others.
2
BMST201 BMST201 - Imaging Systems
This course covers several types of imaging processes and the associated physics behind those systems. The class is lecture and lab based. Systems investigated may include ultrasound, x-ray, PET, MRI, and CT scan among others. This course or portions of it may be fulfilled with an approved internship.
3
BMST215 BMST215 - Introduction to Medical Terminology
This is an introductory course on common medical terms, acronyms, roots, and prefixes associated with the biomedical field.
3
BMST217 BMST217 - Biomedical Instrumentation
This course is an introduction to the more common transduceres and devices used to gather biological signs or values. Students apply the operating principle and use of various transducers and measurement devices and the physical theories they operate on.
5
BMST218 BMST218 - Biomedical Equipment
This course covers several types of medical equipment: ECG, Pulse Oximeter, NIBP and infusion pumps are some of the types of equipment. The history, use, theory of operation and maintenance issues are also presented. This course or portions of it may be fulfilled with an approved internship.
3
BMST219 BMST219 - Medical Equipment Research II
This is an independent research project meant to build research and presentation skills. Students are required to produce six research projects to an audience. Project subjects may vary from medical equipment, companies or professional associations, among others. Prior project approval from the instructor is required.
2
BMST220 BMST220 - Biomedical Engineering Applications
During this course students are exposed to a lab setting meant to simulate an actual working environment. Students may intake, service, repair or evaluate medical or other types of equipment. Equipment may be provided by the class or public; students perform as closely as possible to a daily BMET routine. This course or portions of it may be fulfilled with an approved internship.
5
EEST101 EEST101 - Electrical Safety
This course is an introduction to safety practices required when working in the electronic equipment environment. It also provides electrical safety for high power devices and safety in electronics assembly and working in the electronic equipment industry.
4
EEST102 EEST102 - Applied Math
This course is an introduction to mathematical theory and applications as they relate to the electronic circuits and the electronic equipment field. The math involves algebra, trigonometry, complex numbers, and number systems such as engineering notation.
4
EEST103 EEST103 - Electronic Principles I
This course is an introduction to the theory and fundamentals of basic DC electronic circuits. Basic DC principles, principles of electricity, components, circuit measurements, electronic equipment such as oscilloscopes, multimeters, waveform generators, and DC power supplies.
5
EEST104 EEST104 - DC Electronics
This course is an introduction to the theory and fundamentals of basic DC electronic circuits with the use of electronic measurement and lab procedures. Topics include Ohms law, series and parallel circuits, circuit analysis techniques, and magnetism. We use MultiSim software as part of the lab assignments along with using proto board to build DC circuits
4
EEST105 EEST105 - AC Electronics
This course is an introduction to the theory and fundamentals of basic AC electronic circuits with the use of electronic measurement and lab procedures. Topics include measurement of AC circuits, inductors and transformers, RL circuits, capacitors, RC circuits, RLC circuits, and frequency response and passive filters. Lab assignments include building AC circuits using function generators with passive components and using simulation software to build circuits
5
EEST106 EEST106 - RLC Circuits
This course is an introduction to the theory and fundamentals of the reactance of the inductor and the capacitor in the AC circuit. Introduction to vectors, complex numbers, resistive-inductive, resistive-capacitive, and resistive-inductive-capacitive circuits. It also covers inductive-capacitive circuit and resonance circuits.
4
EEST107 EEST107 - Electronic Principles II
This course is an introduction to the theory and fundamentals of basic AC electronic circuits as it applies to Ohms Law and the understanding of basic transformer operation. Topics include measurement of AC circuits, inductors and transformers, RL circuits, capacitors, RC circuits, RLC circuits, and frequency response, and passive filters. This course also covers RL and RC circuit for pulse response and time constants.
5
EEST108 EEST108 - Electronic Devices I
This course is an introduction to the theory and fundamentals of basic amplifiers and transistors. Topics include diodes, operation and biasing circuits, BJT amplifiers including types of amplifiers, Class A and B amplifiers, FET amplifiers including JFET, MOSFET, CMOS amplifiers.
4
EEST109 EEST109 - Electronic Devices II
This course is an introduction to the theory and fundamentals of basic electronic devices: such as Diodes, Transistors, SCR, Triac, and FET. Other devices such as operational amplifiers, active filters, oscillators, switching circuits, voltage regulators, thyristors are also covered.
4
EEST207 EEST207 - Introduction to Networking
This course is an introduction to the theory and fundamentals of networking including IP addressing, network architectures, layers, and protocols.
5
EEST221 EEST221 - Electronic Principles-RFID
This course is an introduction to the theory and fundamentals of RFID Technology. Topics include RFID system lifecycle, frequency ranges, antennas, tags and interrogators and applications
4
EEST223 EEST223 - Introduction to Digital Systems
This course is an introduction to the theory and fundamentals of digital systems including number systems, Boolean algebra, combinational logic, and digital logic.
5

Electives

Course ID Title Credits
BMST291 BMST291 - Practical Applications
During this course students are exposed to a lab setting meant to simulate an actual working environment. Students may intake, service, repair or evaluate medical or other types of equipment. Equipment may be provided by the class or public; students perform as closely as possible to a daily BMST routine. This course or portions of it may be fulfilled with an approved internship.
1-13V
BMST292 BMST292 - Independent Projects I
This course offers students an opportunity to work independently on a project that is determined by both the instructor and the student. The project emphasis on integration of classroom learning based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced skills in completion of independent project l.
5
BMST293 BMST293 - Independent Projects II
This course offers students an opportunity to work independently on a project that is determined by both the instructor and the student. The project emphasis on integration of classroom learning based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced skills in completion of independent project lI.
5
BMST296 BMST296 - Work Based Learning Experience
This course provides a work-based learning experience with an instructor-approved employer in student's program of study. Emphasis is placed on integration of classroom learning with related work experience. Specific learning outcomes need to be agreed upon in a written agreement between student, instructor, and participating employer. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate their career selection, demonstrate employability skills, and satisfactorily perform work-related competencies.
1-13V
EEST110 EEST110 - Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers
This course is an introduction to the theory and fundamentals of programmable logic controllers with emphasis on applying and using ladder logic programming. Topics include hardware components, number systems, fundamentals of logic, basic PLC programming using ladder logic, timer & counter instructions, control instructions, data manipulation & math instructions, sequencer & shift register instructions. Lab includes using Allen-Bradley MicroLogicx 1000 to build ladder logic programs to perform basic tasks.
5
EEST208 EEST208 - Introduction to Embedded Controllers
This course is an introduction to the theory and fundamentals of embedded controllers using PIC or other processors and C programming language.
5
EEST222 EEST222 - Introduction to Fiber Optic Communications
This course is an introduction to the theory and fundamentals of Fiber Optics, Electronic Communications and basic antenna systems.
5
EEST224 EEST224 - Introduction to Wireless Systems
This course is an introduction to the theory and fundamentals of Wireless Communications including modulation techniques, error correcting codes, cellular systems, and wireless LAN.
4
EEST225 EEST225 - Introduction to Microprocessors
This course is an introduction to the theory and fundamentals of Microprocessors including digital signal processing and conversion methods.
4

Health care, the largest industry in the country, employs more than 14 million people, and figures continues to mount. From small-town private practices to mammoth inner-city hospitals, health care workers are in high demand. The patients in those practices and hospitals depend not only on the expertise of doctors and nurses, but on the proper functioning of sophisticated biomedical equipment. The people responsible for repairing and maintaining these highly specialized machines and instruments such as defibrillators, heart monitors, electric wheelchairs, medical imaging equipment (x rays, CAT scanners, and ultrasound equipment), are biomedical service technicians. They inspect and install equipment used by doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers for researching, monitoring, diagnosing, and treating illnesses and disorders. They also repair, calibrate, and safety test the equipment in order to ensure proper function and safety for both the operator and the patient

At the successful completion of the program curriculum, students will be able to:

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Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.

Instructors

  • Art Cutting

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  • Franklin Hsu

    253.680.7212 | Email

  • Landon Johnson

    253.680.7340 | Email