Biomedical Engineering Technology
Course Descriptions

BMET 220 Applied Human Biology for BMET (3 cr.) Class 3. This course presents the human biology, anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology essential for biomedical equipment technicians and the devices involved in patient care. Focus is on the vocabulary necessary for effective medical communication skills in the hospital environment as part of the health care team.

BMET 240 Introduction to Medical Electronics (3 cr.) Class 3. P: 220 and a fundamental knowledge of electronics. An overview of medical equipment used in the hospital and other medical environments to diagnose and treat patients. Sensors and physiological signals will be explained. Equipment found in various hospital departments and medical specialties will also be discussed. Patient safety and regulations will be emphasized.

BMET 310 Introduction to Radiography Systems (3 cr.) Class 3. P: 220 or equivalent and basic knowledge of electronics. The fundamentals of diagnostic radiography equipment will be explored. The principles of an X-ray system will be explained including the X-ray generation, image formation and film processing. Focus will be on both safety and quality.

BMET 320 Biomedical Electronic Systems I (4 cr.) Class 3, Lab 3. P: 240 and ECET 157. Hands-on study of medical instrumentation. Topics will include lasers, surgical microscopes, electrosurgical equipment, IV and PCA pumps, anesthesia delivering equipment, patient monitors, infection control and safety, NIBP equipment, defibrillators, an overview of imaging equipment and computer applications in medicine.

BMET 330 Electronics for the Clinical Laboratory Equipment Technician (3 cr.) Class 3. P: ECET 116 or equivalent (fundamental understanding of active, passive, and digital devices). This course provides a study of devices, circuits, computers, test equipment, transducers, and sensors which are specific to the clinical laboratory. This course includes the analysis of applied electronics circuits incorporated in this environment.

BMET 360 Applied Human Biology for the Clinical Laboratory (3 cr.) Class 3. P: 330 or consent of instructor. This course provides an overview of human structure, function, and chemistry as they relate to the clinical laboratory environment. The class emphasizes the study of bodily fluids and commonly analyzed tissues under both normal and disease conditions. Fluids studied include blood components, urine, spinal fluid, and joint fluid. This class will also discuss medical terminology as well as the medical communication skills required to interface with hospital staff.

BMET 370 Safety and Regulations in the Clinical Laboratory (3 cr.) Class 3. P: 360 or consent of instructor. This course studies the codes and standards of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA), and other governing bodies. In addition, this course investigates the prevention and control of chemical, electrical, biological, and radiological human hazards.

BMET 380 Clinical Laboratory Equipment (3 cr.) Class 3. P: 370 or consent of instructor. This course focuses on the theory of clinical laboratory instrumentation and the function, utilization, and problem-solving skills necessary for the support of laboratory equipment. Instruction emphasizes devices used for hematology, clinical chemistry, and microbiology. These devices include centrifuges, blood cell analyzers, immunochemistry analyzers, coagulation analyzers, and blood gas and co-oximetry machines. The course also presents fundamental pneumatics as a basis for clinical lab equipment.

BMET 420 Technology and Special Patient Populations 3 credits, web based P: BMET 320
This course focuses on special patient populations in the clinical environment and the equipment used in their care. Populations would include neonates, cardiac intensive care patients, surgical patients and trauma. Emphasis is placed on medical needs and the related technologies.

BMET 440 Codes, Regulations and Patient Safety 3 credits, web based P: BMET 320
This course explores applicable NFPA 99, JCAHO, CLIA, FDA and other regulatory agencies and their regulations governing medical equipment in the clinical environment. Case studies will be used to provide examples of interpretation and application.

BMET 470 Current Issues in BMET 3 credits, web-based P: CHEM C110 and BMET 320
This course will focus on the most current topics in the biomedical community. Nationally recognized experts will present facts and discuss trends. Current journal articles and research will support the presentations.

BMET 491 BMET Senior Project 2 credits P: Three BMET 300 or 400 level courses and ECET 490
Extensive individual design and/or evaluation performed in collaboration with faculty and health care team members. Project is performed under the supervision of health care team members. Relation to the clinical environment required. Written and oral presentations of results are required.
 
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