BS in Healthcare Engineering Technology Management

IUPUI (a campus of Purdue University and Indiana University) is offering a Bachelor's Degree (BS) in Healthcare Engineering Technology Management.  The degree has a focus on the practice of medical equipment support in the clinical environment.  The degree can build on a person's associate's degree and many courses are available at a distance.  Purdue University grants the degree.

This program will address a growing need for engineering technicians in the clinical environment who can support the rapidly expanding use of technology in patient care. The students will integrate the technical/electrical/computer aspects of medical equipment with the needs of the medical staff and patients. Graduates will be an integral member of the health care team, demonstrating excellent problem solving skills blended with an emphasis on customer service toward the medical staff to result in safe and effective patient care.

For students who do not have experience or training in the discipline, this degree cannot be earned without attending classes in Indianapolis.

Demand for Graduates

There are only a handful of universities which have this BS program and yet there are more than 6,000 hospitals in the United States and many medical equipment manufacturers who seek this background.  Graduates are highly sought after and may find sign-on bonuses, moving expenses and excellent salaries.

Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives of our program are to produce graduates with the following attributes in the early years of their careers:

  1. Be employed and well-compensated in a healthcare technology-related field with a strong demand for skills learned in the HETM program.
  2. Work in a stable, supportive environment with the opportunity for career advancement and collaboration with other HETM industry professionals.
  3. Continue to work with emerging technology and receive continuing education and/or certification in the HETM profession while providing indirect patient care.

HETM Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the BS degree, students will have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  2. an ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  3. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  4. an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes; and
  5. an ability to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams.

Online Coursework

Many of the junior and senior level courses are delivered in the virtual Internet classroom, called Canvas, without concern for a student's geographic location.  The courses follow a typical 15 week college semester and are not "independent study."