CTI Productions Inc
CTI Productions Inc, Lewisville, Tex, specializes in the production and delivery of DVD and computer-based training, company informational videos, and distance-learning education for the health care industry. Its course catalog features general biomedical, imaging, customer service, management, and general health care offerings. Additional services include infomercials, product training and placement, and graphic design.
DITEC Inc, Solon, Ohio, has been providing medical equipment maintenance management training and service training for more than 15 years. The training program is approved and authorized by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools. The International Certification Commission has certified all of the instructors as radiology equipment specialists. The curriculum comprises fundamentals in diagnostic imaging modalities, advanced product-specific courses, PACS, DICOM, networking, biomedical and maintenance department management, and regulatory and compliance courses. Customer relations and negotiations are among the growing roster of distance education and video training titles. Planned future additions include modality fundamentals DVD training.
The IUPUI campus, Indianapolis, houses Indiana University and Purdue University academics, whose top-ranked medical and engineering schools provide the foundation of AS and BS degrees in the biomedical engineering technology program. Five hospitals housed on the urban campus host BMET interns and offer opportunities for technical projects. Junior and senior course credits can be earned at a distance, and many enrolled students worldwide do not set foot on the campus. IUPUI focuses on the clinical application of medical technology.
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
The Caldwell campus of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, Hudson, NC, is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers an Associate in Applied Science degree that is transferable into the university system.
The BMET program will move its lab to a larger remodeled facility shortly. In its fall 2008 curriculum the program will implement new technologies—such as classes on wireless technology and wireless securities.
The college has commitments for donations including an ICU monitoring system, other clinical equipment, and training on dialysis units. The new developments will enable the program to provide graduating technicians with the best technology knowledge and skills possible.
RSTI (Radiological Service Training Institute), Solon, Ohio, has offered multivendor diagnostic imaging training since 1985. Hands-on training for service, maintenance, and quality assurance of diagnostic imaging systems is offered in the newly expanded 26,000-square-foot facility. Among the menu of course offerings are an x-ray certificate series, PACS certification, CT, ultrasound, bone densitometry, mammography, and MRI. Digital mammography service training on the Hologic Selenia and GE 2000D is the most recent addition.
The biomedical engineering technology program at DeVry University, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill, prepares graduates to enter the workforce as technical professionals with competencies that meet the needs of the medical equipment and health care delivery industries. Students become familiar with regulations and standards that control medical product development and use in the health care industry. The curriculum is applications-oriented in the areas of physiological bioinstrumentation, imaging, and networking. Graduates gain the knowledge and skills to work in multidisciplinary teams, adapt to changes in the medical technology environment throughout their careers, and progress in their professional responsibilities. Students can earn a degree in 3 years.
Penn State University
The New Kensington, Pa, campus of Penn State University offers an associate’s degree in biomedical engineering technology.
The well-rounded general education core curriculum includes courses in electricity, electronics, physiology, anatomy, chemistry, mathematics, information sciences, computer networking, physics, physiological transducers, medical equipment, and troubleshooting. Students learn operation, inspection procedures, and troubleshooting of most of the standard types of medical instrumentation. They work with patient physiological monitors, ECG machines, defibrillators, blood pressure monitors, pacemakers, pulse oximeters, infusion devices, electrosurgical units, anesthesia machines, and ventilators. The curriculum culminates in a 400-hour, 10-week clinical internship at one of several approved health care facilities nationwide.
The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Burnaby, BC, Canada, biomedical engineering technology program will offer an online continuing education course beginning January 7, 2008.
This 12-week Web-based course—”Medical Technology Management Practice”—uses the Internet for learning and communication. The course examines the systems approach to managing medical technology in clinical settings. Through real-life examples, case studies, and projects, this course will lead the participants into analyzing and evaluating the needs and the processes in managing technology in different phases of the technology life cycle. The course will provide continuous challenges to the participants’ abilities to critically review information and solve problems.
This is a three-credit BCIT degree-level course in the biomedical engineering technology school’s technology management degree program, but it can be taken as a stand-alone continuing education course.
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