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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 2019 Summer 2019 Fall 2019
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
10-890-101 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.
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.
10-804-113 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: A placement value of 2400; OR 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)
10-660-105 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)
10-620-100 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)
10-606-112 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS FOR TECHNICIANS...basics of a computer system, computer terminology, the Microsoft Windows environment, file management, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.
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)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
SECOND SEMESTER
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)
10-660-107 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)
10-605-201 BIOMEDICAL-INTRODUCTION TO ... provides an introduction to the biomedical field. The hospital/clinical environment, safety, accepted practices and expectations will be explored. (Corequisite: 10-806-189, Basic Anatomy)
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)
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.
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
THIRD SEMESTER
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.
10-605-164 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)
10-605-165 MICROPROCESSORS 3: INTERFACES ...more C language programming for arrays, logic and control, scaling, input and output, software standards, and continued use of simulation software. (Prerequisite: 10-605-164, Micro 2: Technique)
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)
10-605-172 DATACOMM 3: NETWORK PROTOCOLS ...details and inner-working of network, transport, and application layers. In-depth study of protocols and services associated with each layer (Corequisite: 10-605-171, Data Comm 2: Basic Networking)
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: Placement value of 1500; OR 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)
10-605-202 BIOMEDICAL CODES AND STANDARDS ...introduces the student to equipment and maintenance procedures, codes, regulations and documentation.(Prerequisite: 10-501-101, Medical Terminology)
10-605-209 BIOMEDICAL CLINICAL 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)
10-806-134 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 a placemt value of 3250; 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)
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-605-210 BIOMEDICAL CLINICAL 2 ...continuation of Biomedical Clinical 1.(Prerequisite: 10-606-209, Biomedical Clinical 1)
10-605-208 MEDICAL NETWORKING ...operation and maintenance of networked information systems found in hospitals. (Prerequisites: 10-605-202, Biomed Codes/Standards; 10-605-203, Biomedical Clinical 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: A placement value of 6200; OR 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 prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
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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