June 12, 2005
June 12, 2005
June 15, 2005
10.1471.1 - 10.1471.12
Why a Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology and Why Now?
Wm. Hugh Blanton East Tennessee State University
There is presently a shortage of qualified Biomedical Engineering Technology (BMET) job
applicants. This trend will be exacerbated by the approaching retirement of many of the baby-
boomer BMET professionals. As a result of these shortages, hospital-related employers often
hire people with a strong electronics background but a limited or absent specialization in BMET.
Many of these employees are graduates of two-year Associate Degree Electronic Engineering
Technology (EET) or closely associated BMET programs. Some applicants have a military
electronics background. Only a handful of applicants come from the very few Bachelors Degree
programs such as the program at East Tennessee State University. Why would someone enter
the Bachelors program in BMET when he or she could enter the BMET profession in half the
time and for significantly less costs? The answer is expanded professional and financial
opportunities during his or her professional career.
The Biomedical Engineering Occupation Spectrum
The success and future of academic programs in engineering technology are often related to the
employability of its graduates.1 The U. S. Department of Labor expects biomedical engineering
jobs to increase faster than the average for all occupations through 2010.2 Changes in population
influence the demand for goods and services, and U. S. population is expected to grow by 24 Proceedings of the 2005 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society of Engineering Education
Blanton, W. (2005, June), Why A Bachelors Degree In Biomedical Engineering Technology And Why Now? Inter, Innov, Asses, Other Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15388
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