June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Two Year College Division
26.1513.1 - 26.1513.14
The creation of a Biomedical Engineering Technology program for the 2020sMany biomedical engineering technology or similarly named programs were spawned in theearly 1970s. These programs, at the two-year college level, were a response to the demand fortechnicians to deal with the rapidly expanding base of medical equipment that was beingdeployed primarily in hospitals. Although there were many electronics engineering technologyprograms at the community college level, it was thought that the need for technicians skilled inthe medical equipment area would be more successfully satisfied through a specific program thattaught the fundamentals of electronics and then concentrated on medical equipment andelectrical safety. Programs were designed to produce graduates that could deal with thebiomedical equipment technology of the day and the needs of the clinical workplace.During the time that these programs flourished, biomedical technicians would troubleshoot faultsto the part level and replace defective components to affect a repair. However, Moore’s law hasbeen hard at work for the last five decades and the technology utilized by the medical field hasmorphed substantially over the last twenty years in particular. The adoption of digital electronicstechnologies to replace analog electronics, the introduction of low cost microcontrollers intoelectronic systems, the Internet, wireless networking technologies, medical laser systems, andinnovative medical sensors and imaging techniques has changed the way medical care isdelivered today and the way maintenance and repair of equipment is performed. Furthermore, itis felt by many that the e-healthcare field is at the cusp of another change that will rapidlytransform the medical device industry and as a result modify noticeably how health care isprovided. The implementation of medical cyber-physical systems will allow for the developmentof virtual medical devices that will be deployed in both a clinical setting and in the home.Presently, engineering technology education at the two-year college level does not producetechnicians with the skill sets needed to install, evaluate, maintain, and up-grade these systems asthey are envisioned in either setting. This paper will discuss the design and impendingimplementation of a two-year “biomedical engineering technology” program tailored to meet thee-healthcare workforce needs of the end of this decade and those required as we move into the2020s for both clinical sites and home environments.
Mullett, G. J. (2015, June), The creation of a Biomedical Engineering Technology Program for the 2020's Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24851
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