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Biomedical Engineering Technology, associate degree option

Four students collaborating on biomedical equipment

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 healthcare 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.

Why choose Biomedical Engineering Technology at PCC?

The Biomedical Engineering Technology option (area of concentration) is a unique area within PCC’s historically strong Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) program. 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 50 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 the 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 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.

Award information

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Associate Degree: Biomedical Engineering Technology Option2 years

Learn more about Electronic Engineering Tech and all 6 awards available »


What will you learn?

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 healthcare organization.


Course listing for the 2022-2023 catalog year.

Plan of Study Grid
Summer TermCredits
General Education: 2 courses
First Term
EET 101A Electronic Lab Skills and Equipment 1 1
EET 111 Electrical Circuit Analysis I 5
EET 121 Digital Systems 1 4
MTH 111 Precalculus I (Or any course for which MTH 111 is a prerequisite or equivalent placement) * 5
Second Term
EET 101B Electronic Lab Skills and Equipment 2 1
EET 112 Electrical Circuit Analysis II 5
EET 122 Digital Systems 2: Computing Systems 5
EET 188 Industrial Safety 1 2
MTH 112 Precalculus II * 5
Third Term
EET 113 Electrical Power 5
EET 123 Digital Systems 3: Mixed-Signal Systems 5
EET 178 Computing Environments for Technicians 4
Fourth Term
EET 221 Semiconductor Devices and Circuits 5
EET 242 Microcontroller and Embedded Systems 4
EET 252 Electromechanical Systems Fundamentals 2
EET 254 Electronic Engineering Technology Seminar 1
EET 260 Biomedical Equipment Technology 4
Fifth Term
CIS 179 Data Communication Concepts I 4
EET 222 Operational Amplifier Circuits 5
EET 261 Medical Imaging Equipment 3
EET 280C Cooperative Education: BMET Practicum 5
Sixth Term
EET 223 RF Communications Circuits 5
EET 262 Biomedical Information Technology 2
EET 273 Electronic Control Systems 2 3
EET 274 Dental Equipment 2
EET 280C Cooperative Education: BMET Practicum 6
 Total Credits104

 Could be used as General Education


OSHA industrial safety training can be substituted

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