Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Helping Hospitals Function

A patient lies on a hospital bed after a heart attack, waiting for hospital personnel to administer a defibrillator. What if the defibrillator doesn’t work?

A biomedical technician makes sure they do. As a valued member of any hospital or heath care organization, biomedical technicians make sure medical technology is properly maintained and repaired to ensure every patient receives the best treatment possible. Doctors and nurses aren’t the only hospital personnel who help save people’s lives.

As biomedical engineering technicians, you will use a variety of technical, problem-solving and communication skills while playing a critical and life-saving role in a health care organization.

Degrees and Certificates

In this program you can earn the following:

  • Associate of Applied Science in EET: Biomedical Engineering Technology

See the Catalog for more information, including program prerequisites.

Within a History of Excellence

The Biomedical Engineering Technology option is unique area within PCC’s historically strong Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) program. Offered at the Sylvania Campus, the Biomedical Engineering Technology option trains students to excel as biomedical electronics technicians through a variety of learning activities in and out of the classroom.

For more than 40 years, our EET program has produced graduates whose superior skills and abilities have helped them obtain excellent jobs and pursue advanced degrees. The difference between the Biomedical Engineering Technology option and EET program is small – more than two-thirds of the classes overlap – so you can easily get training in both areas and make yourself more marketable.

Our Electronic Engineering Technology program and its Biomedical Engineering Technology option are at an institution accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges Commission. In addition, PCC offers unique flexibility with day and evening EET courses and quality instruction from certified biomedical electronics technicians who work at local hospitals. We provide in-house tutoring services and other support in our patient learning environment. For first-year students, PCC offers EET day classes for fall terms and evening EET classes during winter terms. Second-year students take alternating day and evening classes.

Academic Overview

  • Our diversified courses, coupled with state-of-the-art technology and equipment, offer you a unique and affordable way to learn the skills that enable you to become an engineering technician.
  • As a graduate of PCC’s Biomedical Engineering Technology option, you’ll combine the theoretical knowledge, practical skills and teamwork required to be a valued member of the industry.
  • The Biomedical Engineering Technology option prepares students to pass the recommended Certificate of Biomedical Engineering Technology (CBET) exam.
  • Our instructors’ industry experience ensures that you receive training that’s practical, efficient and effective.

What's Next?

  1. Attend an advising session (days and times listed on main EET webpage).
  2. Submit an EET Application.