Lawrence Technological University is launching Michigan’s first bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering technology this fall to meet a growing need in the healthcare sector.
Hospitals increasingly rely on advanced life-saving, therapeutic, and diagnostic equipment. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook projects employment for biomedical engineering technologists will surge 27 percent by 2018, well above the average of all other occupations.
Lawrence Tech’s bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering technology is the first in Michigan and among only a few four-year degree programs offered nationally. It combines classical engineering technology and the practical applications of biomedical technologies, with an added focus on project management and network system administration.
“Biomedical engineering technologists develop, calibrate and repair critical medical instruments such as surgical robotics, patient monitoring systems and imaging devices, including X-ray and MRI machines and CAT scanners. By ensuring electrical equipment meets safety standards, they also contribute to keeping staff and patients safe,” said Nabil Grace, dean of Lawrence Tech’s College of Engineering.
They work in a variety of settings, often supporting healthcare professionals in hospitals and clinics. Others may choose to work in industry, private research labs, or in sales positions for biomedical manufacturers.
The rigorous curriculum provides a strong foundation in electronics, science, and math. Course work and labs encompass biomedical control systems and circuitry, biotech electronics, embedded processors, imaging technologies and the application of lasers and electro-surgery.
“This bachelor’s degree goes far beyond the typical two-year degree in the field and increases educational, leadership and career advancement opportunities,” said Ken Cook, chair of the Department of Engineering Technology at Lawrence Tech.
Cook said the new bachelor’s degree program is expected to attract graduates of Schoolcraft College’s associate degree program in biomedical engineering technology.
Contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at (800) 225-5588 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.ltu.edu/engineering/technology/engtech_biomedical.asp.