Health care environments have become more dependent on electronic medical diagnostic and therapeutic equipment which must be operated and maintained with great accuracy. Graduates of this program are part of an integrated health care team who install and maintain this equipment as well as their supporting computer systems. Graduates also assist other health care professionals in the optimization of equipment usage. The coordinated use and maintenance of this equipment has to be done in accordance with applicable codes, statutes and associated regulations.
The Electronics Engineering Technology (Biomedical) program is a biomedical engineering technology program with a strong foundation in electronics. Students enrolled in this program also receive training in the areas of biomedical instrumentation, microprocessor applications in the health care setting, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, health care and safety. This comprehensive program concludes with a practicum where students are provided with the opportunity to work in hospital-based biomedical departments or with medical equipment sales and service companies.
Note: This program may not be suitable for applicants who do not have normal colour perception.
The Graduates completing this program are automatically eligible for membership in the Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Newfoundland and Labrador (AETTNL), as well as any similar association in Canada.
Upon completion of this program graduates may choose to further their education by completing a bachelor degree in technology or engineering at one of several institutions that have articulation agreements with College of the North Atlantic.
As engineering technologists, graduates of this program will have the knowledge and skill that will allow him/her to:
General education consisting of Communication Skills (oral and written), Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Electrotechnology, Engineering Graphics, Technology Awareness and Student Success.
Specific education in the theory and application of analog and digital electronics with a specialized emphasis on biomedical instruments, equipment and techniques and the interconnected computer systems associated with a modern healthcare environment.
Practical education in a Health Care environment through curriculum integrated labs.
Work exposure consisting of field experience, gained from the biomedical practicum.
The graduates of this program may enter the work force in the employment of hospital biomedical engineering departments, with manufacturers and distributors of biomedical instrumentation, as well as independent sales and service organizations. Employment may include design and development of medical instrumentation, as well as purchase evaluation, acceptance testing, preventive and demand maintenance and operator training.
Graduates with two years of progressive work experience may be eligible to receive the designation of Professional Technologist (P. Tech) upon completion of a Professional Practice and Ethics Exam.
Upon recognition as a P.Tech and supplemental relevant experience in the field of biomedical engineering technology the graduate may be eligible to write certification examinations to be recognized as a Certified Biomedical Engineering Technologist (CBET). In many jurisdictions of Canada this certification is a requirement for advanced practice of the profession.
In addition to the formal semester courses listed in the program of studies, students in the Electronics Engineering Technology (Biomedical) program are required to obtain a certificate of completion of Standard First Aid/Heart Start and WHMIS over their three-year period of studies.
*Students should be aware that additional fees may apply to external certifications.
Eligibility for admission to an Engineering Technology program requires the applicant to meet one of the following four academic criteria:
1. High School
High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% overall average in the following (or equivalent):
i. English (2 credits) (minimum 60%) from: 3201 or 3202
ii. Mathematics (4 credits) chosen from:
Advanced: 2200, 3200 (50% minimum in each course)
Academic: 2201 (50% minimum), 3201 (60% minimum)
iii. Science (4 credits) two of which must be selected from:
Earth Systems: 3209
Note: The remaining two Science credits to be chosen from the highest Science mark in level 1, 2 or 3.
2. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
Comprehensive Arts and Science (Transition) Certificate with the following courses:
i. Math (60% MINIMUM) MA1040