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Biomedical Electronics Associate Degree

Program Code: 106056

The Biomedical Electronics associate degree prepares learners for a career as a technician in medical facilities or medical equipment manufacturing firms. Program graduates may begin careers as electronic technicians in development, maintenance, testing, and field service.

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Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Biomedical Technician

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2020 Summer 2020 Fall 2020
Green Bay --- ---
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Marinette --- ---
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Sturgeon Bay --- ---
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Biomedical Electronics Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-605-201 BIOMEDICAL-INTRODUCTION TO ... provides an introduction to the biomedical field. The hospital/clinical environment, safety, accepted practices and expectations will be explored.
10-620-100 FLUIDS 1: BASIC PNEUMATICS ...what fluid power is, differentiate between hydraulics and pneumatics, implement basic pneumatic circuits, utilize schematics, apply Pascal's Law, define properties of fluids, implement airflow control and hydraulics cylinder circuits.
10-620-101 FLUIDS 2: BASIC HYDRAULICS ...hydraulic pumps, basic hydraulics actuator circuits, hydraulic schematics, apply Pascal's Law, summarize the effects of fluids friction, define properties of hydraulic energy, design hydraulic circuits with directional control valves. (Corequisite: 10-620-100, Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics)
10-660-101 DIGITAL 1: LOGIC ...AND, OR, NOT, NAND, NOR, logic operation using switch logic, ladder logic, and gate logic. Simplification methods using Boolean theorems and Karnaugh Maps, and timing diagram analysis.
10-660-102 DIGITAL 2: SEQUENTIAL ...operation and connection of latches, RS flip-flops, JK flip-flops, and D flip-flops using timing diagram analysis, and some simple applications are studied. (Corequisite: 10-660-101, Digital 1: Logic)
10-660-103 DIGITAL 3: REGISTERS ...analyze and design asynchronous up counters, down counters, presettable counters, ring counters, and Johnson counters, and analyze synchronous counters. Analyze and design various types of shift registers. (Prerequisite: 10-660-102, Digital 2: Sequential)
10-660-104 DC 1: INTRODUCTION ...introduction to the concepts of DC electricity and simple series circuits. Voltage, current, resistance, Ohm's Law, power and Kirchoff's Voltage Law are defined.
10-660-105 DC 2: CIRCUITS ...analysis of parallel and series-parallel circuits. Application of Kirchoff's Current Law to parallel circuit combinations. Introduction of current sources and source conversions. (Corequisites: 10-804-118, Interim Algebra w Apps OR 10-804-113, College Tech Math 1A; 10-660-104, DC 1: Intro)
10-664-100 AUTOMATION 1: CONTROL LOGIC ...electric motor control components such as switches, relays, starters, transformers; and safely mount and install motor and motor control components and perform related wiring and troubleshooting of motor control circuits.
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear equations; graphing; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; and right triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER
10-501-101 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY ...focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.
10-660-107 AC 1: PROPERTIES ...introduction to the properties of capacitors and inductors including types and behavior in switching circuits. Inductor basics include a study of magnetic fields. (Prerequisite: 10-660-105, DC 2: Circuits; Corequisite: 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps OR 10-804-114, College Tech Math 1B)
10-660-108 AC 2: REACTANCE ...study of the way inductive, capacitive and resistive components behave in a circuit excited by a sine waveform. Effective and average values of the sinewave are derived. (Corequisite: 10-660-107, AC 1: Properties)
10-660-109 AC 3: RLC CIRCUITS ...power flow in complex AC circuits based on resistive and reactive components. Description of the power triangle and power factor. Calculation of voltages and currents in complex AC circuits. (Corequisite: 10-660-108, AC 2: Reactance)
10-660-110 ELECTRONICS 1: DIODES-BASIC ...introduction to the characteristics and usage of semiconductor diodes in rectifiers and linear power supplies. Special diodes and diode circuits are also considered. (Prerequisite: 10-660-105, DC 2: Circuits; Corequisite: 10-660-107, AC 1: Properties)
10-660-111 ELECTRONICS 2: TRANSISTOR-BASIC ...introduction to the characteristics, bias and usage of semiconductor transistors in amplifying circuitry. BJTs and general amplifier characteristics are studied. (Corequisite: 10-660-110, Electronics 1: Diodes-Basic)
10-660-112 ELECTRONICS 3: OP-AMPS-BASIC ...introduction to the circuit characteristics of integrated operational amplifiers. The various connections, inverting, non-inverting and comparator will be studied as well as specialized applications such as summers and filters. (Corequisite: 10-660-111, Electronics 2: Transistor-Basic)
10-664-101 AUTOMATION 2: MOTOR CONTROL ...electric motor control components such as sensors, timers and counters. (Corequisite: 10-664-100, Automation 1: Control Logic)
10-605-163 MICROPROCESSORS 1: INTRODUCTION ...use of simulation software, fundamentals of C language programming, basic logic and control, analog and digital inputs, flowcharting, motor control, objects, and PWM techniques.
10-804-114 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1B ...topics include: performing operations on polynomials; solving quadratic and rational equations; formula rearrangement; solving systems of equations; and oblique triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: 10-804-113, Tech Math 1A with grade C or better)
10-806-189 BASIC ANATOMY ...examines concepts of anatomy and physiology as they relate to health careers. Learners correlate anatomical and physiological terminology to all body systems. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 3200; OR Accuplacer Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Reading score greater/equal to 15; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
THIRD SEMESTER
10-605-164 MICROPROCESSORS 2: TECHNIQUE ...bitwise operations, pseudo-ops, more C programming techniques, LCD display, control logic, and continued use of simulation software. (Prerequisite: 10-605-163, Micro 1: Intro)
10-605-170 DATACOMM 1: INTRODUCTION ...introduction to fundamental communication concepts, including physical transmission media, data rate, frequency, bandwidth, sampling, quantization, modulation techniques, multiplexing, and more. (Prerequisite: 10-660-103, Digital 3: Registers)
10-605-171 DATACOMM 2: BASIC NETWORKING... introduction to basic networking, the OS Model and TC/IP layers, local area networks, wireless networks, cellular communications, and the data link layer. (Prerequisite: 10-605-170, Data Comm 1: Introduction)
10-605-202 BIOMEDICAL CODES AND STANDARDS ...introduces the student to equipment and maintenance procedures, codes, regulations and documentation.(Prerequisite: 10-501-101, Medical Terminology)
10-605-211 BIOMEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION 1 ...introduction to troubleshooting and repair of biomedical equipment, with some laboratory sessions occurring in off-campus hospital or clinical settings. (Prerequisites: 10-605-201, Intro to Biomedical; 10-806-189, Basic Anatomy; 10-501-101, Medical Terminology)
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-806-134 GENERAL CHEMISTRY ...covers chemistry fundamentals. Topics: metric system, problem-solving, periodic relationships, chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, properties of water; acids, bases, and salts; and gas laws. (Prereq: A 2.6 GPA AND Algebra 2 or equivalent w/C or better; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 17 AND ACT Math score greater/equal to 21; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-605-212 BIOMED CLINICAL INTERNSHIP 1 ...The focus of this course is to practice profession related tasks under the supervision of experienced staff. The student will acquire knowledge of preventive maintenance, safety analysis, and troubleshooting of medical devices and develop employability skills. (Prerequisite: Instructor approval)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-605-213 BIOMEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION 2 ...continuation of Biomedical Instrumentation 1.(Prerequisite: 10-606-211, Biomedical Instrumentation 1)
10-605-214 MEDICAL NETWORKING ...operation and maintenance of networked information systems found in hospitals. (Prerequisites: 10-605-207, Biomed Codes/Standards; 10-605-211, Biomedical Instrumentation 1; 10-806-134, General Chemistry)
10-605-206 MEDICAL IMAGING ...Introduction to medical imaging systems such as X-ray, ultrasound, MRI, and CT. (Prerequisite: 10-605-203, Biomedical Clinical 1; Corequisite: 10-605-205, Medical Networking; 10-605-204, Biomedical Clinical 2)
10-801-197 TECHNICAL REPORTING ...principles of report writing and correspondence, proposals, feasibility reports, progress reports, investigation reports, evaluation reports, meeting reports, memos, and correspondence. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition I OR 10-801-195, Written Communication with “C” or better)
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
10-605-215 BIOMED CLINICAL INTERNSHIP 2 ...The focus of this course is to practice profession related tasks under the supervision of experienced staff. The student will acquire knowledge of preventive maintenance, safety analysis, and troubleshooting of medical devices and develop employability skills. (Prerequisite: Instructor approval)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
TOTAL CREDITS
63
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C
. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in English Composition 1 to enroll in Technical Reporting.
. If a student is considering pursuing a 4-year degree, Intermediate Algebra w/Apps, 10-804-118, should be taken in place of 10-804-113, College Tech Math 1A and 10-804-196, Trigonometry w/Apps should be taken in place of 10-804-114, College Tech Math 1B.

Program Outcomes

• Manage medical equipment and systems
• Identify the function and operation various types of imaging equipment
• Problem-solve electronic circuits and systems
• Demonstrate a competency with computers and networks used in medical equipment
• Apply principles of anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology
• Demonstrate safety precautions and practices with medical equipment

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Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.castlebranch.com AND complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID) form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry. The information provided in the BID form must be truthful and match any findings on the criminal record check. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

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