Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

What is Healthcare Engineering Technology Management?

(previously named Biomedical Engineering Technology)

Many names, a great secret! Are you interested in a career that will allow you to make a difference in the lives of people? Graduates of this program are called Healthcare Technology Specialists, Biomedical Electronics Technicians, Biomedical Equipment Technicians, Clinical Engineers and Biomedical Engineers.  They interact every day with patients, staff, and the technology that supports and sustains life.  This career allows you to enter a field where your daily activities maintain state of the art health care in hospitals and clinics. You will work in an arena where putting your mind and hands to work will make a visible impact in the high tech world of medicine.

Associate degree graduates earn excellent salaries to begin their career. At IUPUI, graduates begin, on average, with a salary of $45,000 and generally have found employment before graduation. Most employers offer excellent benefit packages and will cover the expenses related to baccalaureate attainment. Students report receiving multiple offers and utilizing the competitive environment to their advantage. At IUPUI, baccalaureate students find employment with salaries averaging $65,000, with multiple offers common.

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Where do I work? How much can I earn?

Most of our graduates work in hospitals, some people work for the hospital itself others choose to work for a manufacturer. Some positions may require travel from hospital to hospital. Most people are able to work first shift, few, if any, weekend hours and make around $45,000 per year as a starting associates degree salary. BS degree graduates can earn $65,000 per year to begin. Almost all positions require the entire associates degree as a minimum qualification, regardless of previous work experience.

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Are you confused by the name?

There are many careers which have similar names but different job descriptions. Very different job descriptions.This table compares the most commonly confused names, Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering and Healthcare Engineering Technology Management.

The Associates Degree is a two year program that prepares you for a job as a technician in a medical environment. Technicians typically test, repair, build, and maintain the technology involved in patient care. You'll graduate with skills that will qualify you to work with medical equipment manufacturers, hospitals, repair services and others. (Please note: the entire degree is NOT available over the Internet.)

A Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Engineering Technology Management is also available and is one of the few in the country. This degree also has a focus on the practice of medical equipment support in the clinical environment. Since these courses are offered through Purdue University it makes pursuing additional education easy for you. More information is available here. Improve your skills, increase your knowledge, advance your career.

Web Based Instruction

Combine the reputation of Purdue University education with the power of internet learning. Distance learning adds the flexibility to schedule study around your work and personal life. The result: an incredible opportunity to expand your career opportunities in the Biomedical field. Now you can learn where ever there is a computer connected to the Internet. IUPUI is proud to offer unique educational opportunities for technicians and those who would like to be in this field. College credit is available over the world wide web. All classes earn Purdue University credit. (Please note the entire AS or BS degree is NOT available online.)

Certification Eligibility

The bachelor’s degree is accredited by ETAC of ABET and thus, graduates are eligible to earn certification from the American College of Clinical Engineers.  More information is available at

Graduates who earn the associate degree are eligible to sit for the CBET exam as a candidate.  For more information, visit

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) for Graduates of the Biomedical Equipment Technician Program at MDEC at Ft. Sam Houston

43 credits will be awarded for those who have successfully completed the Biomedical Equipment Technician program at MDEC.  These credits can be awarded even if the student has never attended college.  The credit applies to the technical courses of the first and second year of the bachelor’s degree in the HETM program (only).  This applies ONLY for completed BMET training in the military (trainees who do not complete the course will need to speak with the program director for customized information).  Aviation, calibration or other military specialty schools do NOT automatically earn credits although this work will be evaluated through the normal prior learning assessment (PLA) process.  For more specific information, please contact the program director.

Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives of our department are to produce graduates who will hold these attributes, as measured in the early years of their careers following graduation:

  1. Obtain and advance professionally in technical and multidisciplinary positions that require collaboration and customer service, successfully supporting the use of technology in healthcare.
  2. Achieve recognition and/or advancement consistent with education.
  3. Continue growth in professional knowledge through additional education, certification, or specialized training.

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the BS degree, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the use of the electrical and/or computer components of medical equipment systems as encountered in the degree program’s courses. Demonstrate a working medical vocabulary and knowledge of clinical safety requirements and regulations as encountered in the courses of the degree program.
  2. Use current knowledge of mathematics, science and emerging technology tools to solve problems and demonstrate solutions.
  3. Identify, analyze and integrate the technical equipment requirements with the needs of medical staff and patients as required in the courses of the degree program.
  4. Apply and design solutions for issues identified in health care technology as demonstrated in a senior project.
  5. Conduct, analyze and interpret experiments, and assess results.
  6. Function as a member of a 2-4 person team to complete a task in a timely manner. Demonstrate ability to organize work done by team members.
  7. Write technical reports; present data and results coherently in oral and graphic formats.
  8. Demonstrate skills for continued self-directed learning and professional development.
  9. Demonstrate ethical conduct as described in the university student code of conduct. Demonstrate knowledge of professional code of ethics.
  10. Demonstrate a respect for diversity as described in the university civility statement. Recognize contemporary professional, societal and global issues in case studies and course projects.
  11. Demonstrate quality, timeliness and ability to complete increasingly complex homework and projects throughout the degree experience

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