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The healthcare industry in Canada and around the world is growing rapidly. To help meet the demand, health care has turned to new and innovative medical technologies to improve diagnosis, monitoring and treatment. In doing so, healthcare providers have become dependent on the technology to function properly, to be available and to be managed in a cost-effective and efficient manner by qualified biomedical engineering technologists. As a graduate of this program, your skill set will include the confidence to liaise to all levels of personnel in healthcare, and the ability to assess current and innovative medical technology, as well as purchase, install, calibrate, maintain and manage the life-cycle of critical medical equipment. Biomedical engineering technologists are essential members of any healthcare team because they have these skills.
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To help students succeed in programs with learning requirements, Durham College’s IT Services department has identified minimum technology recommendations. While these are not program requirements, these suggestions will help ensure students have the right tools to support a quality learning experience.
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The healthcare industry in Canada and globally is growing rapidly. To support demand, healthcare depends on new and innovative medical technology to improve diagnosis, monitoring and treatment, resulting in health care providers becoming dependent on the technology to function properly, to be available, and to be managed in a cost effective and efficient manner by qualified biomedical engineering technologists.
Your skill set includes the ability to assess current and innovative medical technology, purchase, install, calibrate, maintain and manage the life-cycle of critical medical equipment, as well as being a pivotal part of the Healthcare team. Biomedical engineering technologists are an essential part of the health care team because they have these skills, and liaise with both the clinical users and the technical providers.
Durham College’s Biomedical Engineering Technology lab is fully equipped including:
Students use biomedical patient simulators, test and measurement devices and learn to use them to support the fully equipped medical electronics repair department.
Employers require the functional expertise of our graduates. The program covers:
Students in this program receive free membership to Digital Health Canada, a not-for-profit professional association that provides members with numerous educational and professional career benefits. Membership includes access to learning and networking opportunities, unique awards applications, as well as discounts for Digital Health Canada online and on-demand courses, Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS-CA) exam fees, and event registrations.
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyDC.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change. Please note that as a result of COVID-19 the 2023-2024 program of study may be modified to accommodate program delivery changes.
More than 75% of this program is delivered in-person.
The rest of the coursework will be delivered using hybrid, flexible or online formats. Students will come to campus to complete in-person learning requirements. Detailed schedules, with course-specific delivery information, will be available after registration. Courses, course descriptions and delivery formats are subject to change.
Your learning experience will be complemented by a field placement at the end of your third year, which will enable you to utilize your newly acquired skills and gain valuable industry-related experience. Each student will have slightly different experiences working with medical devices and health-care professionals, which often lead to full time careers, or at minimum an excellent reference.
To be eligible for the field placement component of this program you must (at your expense) provide:
To help students have the best learning experience possible, Durham College’s IT Services department has identified technology recommendations for each program based on course needs and software requirements. While not required, students may want to consider these suggestions if they are purchasing a computer or laptop for the upcoming academic year.
Storage: 256GB SSD
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional or Education x64 SP1
Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 11 or Google Chrome (newest version) or Firefox (newest version)
Network Adapter: 802.11ac 2.4/5 GHz wireless adapter
Camera: Webcam/built-in camera
Questions regarding technology recommendations can be directed to the IT Service Desk or the faculty office.
Qualified Biomedical Engineering Technology graduates may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities, including:
Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the need for improving health technology management and creating a common practice in all health technology acquisitions and utilizations. Digital content in these modules will facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and skills in health technology management. These modules are free to the public.
There are ten modules within this course: the introductory module, module 1: health technology planning & medical equipment replacement, module 2: health technology assessment, module 3: health technology acquisition, module 4: good management practice and medical equipment, module 5: human resource management, module 6: risk management, module 7: health technology performance indicators, module 8: asset management, and module 9: medical equipment audits.
This project is made possible with funding by the Government of Ontario and through eCampusOntario’s support of the Virtual Learning Strategy. To learn more about the Virtual Learning Strategy visit: https://vls.ecampusontario.ca.