The Associate in Applied Science degree in Biomedical Electronics equips you to become a technician and work behind the scenes in the health care field to maintain vital medical equipment.
The 65-credit-hour program will take two years, or four semesters, to complete and includes seven new biomedical electronics courses, alongside 12 health care and general education courses.
Read MoreThe new biomedical electronics courses were developed to provide students the skills and training to install, maintain, and repair medical equipment in hospitals, medical equipment manufacturing and service businesses, physicians’ offices, and other health care facilities. Specifically, these courses focus on electronic fundamentals, including AC, DC, and digital electronic principals, coupled with several biomedical-related courses.
The seven Biomedical Electronics courses approved are Intro to Biomedical Technology (BME1201), Biomedical Electronics Devices (BME 1202), Intro to Radiography for Biomedical Technicians (BME 1203), Biomedical Internship I and II (BME 1204 and 1206), Advanced Medical Electronics (BME 1205), and CBET Exam Prep (BME 1207).
Each course covers training in biomedical equipment fundamentals, hospital safety, regulations, medical terminology, human anatomy, physiology and biology. Students also will be required to complete two biomedical internships at medical facilities.
Kim Wilkerson, Dean of Allied Health, said the Biomedical Electronics degree is one that has been in the works for years. Thanks to funding from the Title III grant, RLC was finally able to develop curriculum and purchase equipment for the program.
“Rend Lake College has wanted to start this program for several years when a local hospital contacted us and asked for this type of training, but due to the high cost of the equipment, we were unable to move forward,” explained Wilkerson. “The Title III grant has funding to provide that equipment, and we’re elated to begin offering training to promote student success.”
Wilkerson also added the degree is a good option for those who like helping others, but who aren’t interested in working one-on-one with patients as a nurse or physician.
“It’s a great opportunity for students looking to be in the health care field who are more interested in the background functions of the facilities and helping patients indirectly through keeping up medical equipment,” she said.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for medical equipment technicians are expected to grow at a rate of 30 percent by 2022 – adding more than 12,000 jobs to the market. Median pay for a technician in 2012 was $44,570.
For more information, contact RLC’s Allied Health Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1251.
BIOMEDICAL ELECTRONICS — DegreeALLIED HEALTH DIVISION
Associate in Applied Science Degree
This degree provides the skills and training for students to become biomedical electronics technicians. These technicians install, maintain, and repair medical equipment. This degree focuses on electronic fundamentals, including AC, DC and digital electronic principals coupled with several biomedical-related courses. Biomedical courses provide training in biomedical equipment fundamentals, hospital safety, regulations, medical terminology, human anatomy, physiology and biology.
Students also will be required to complete two biomedical internships at medical facilities. All curriculum courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
► Total = 64 Hours
First Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)
- CNS 1210 Introduction to Networks (5)
- CNS 1240 Digital Fundementals (3)
- INEL 1291 Basic Electronics for Technicians (5)
- MATH 1108 College Algebra I (3)
Second Semester (16 Cr. Hrs.)
- ALH 1201 Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals (3)
- BME 1201 Intro to Biomed Tech (3)
- ENG 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I (3)
- INEL 1265 Solid State Electronics (4)
- MATH 1109 Plane Trigonometry (3)
Third Semester (19 Cr. Hrs.)
- BME 1202 Biomedical Electronic Devices (3)
- BME 1203 Intro to Radiography for Biomed Techs (3)
- BME 1204 Biomedical Internship I (3)
- CNS 1212 Hardware and Operating Systems (5)
- PHY 1101 College Physics I (5)
Fourth Semester (13 Cr. Hrs.)
- BME 1205 Advanced Medical Electronics (3)
- BME 1206 Biomedical Internship II (3)
- BME 1207 CBET Exam Prep (1)
- COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
- CSCI 1101 Intro to Computers (3)
1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based on test scores.
New students also take ORIE 1101 Orientation (1.5)
|1. Describe basic theories of measurement|
|2. Identify functions of major systems of the body|
|3. Demostrate knowledge of the requirements for the Biomedical Technician Role|
|4. Specify the various types of medical electrodes,sensors, transducers computers and test equipment used in biomedical field.|
|5. Demonstrate acceptable professional and ethical standards|
|6. Operate and troubleshoot biomedical equipment|
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