A new engineering degree has been implemented into the college’s curriculum and has already helped some students become hired once graduated.
The Biomedical Engineering Technology degree helps students learn how to fix the medical machines in hospitals and gives them hands-on training.
“I started thinking about this a while ago, it’s just that now was the right time and opportunity,” Electronics Technology Professor and Coordinator of the Biomedical Engineering Degree Branislav Rosul said.
The degree started out as an idea from Rosul five years ago because there was a growing trend in the field of medical technicians.
“Some students got hired at local hospitals and that was when I started to look into the program,” Rosul said.
Rosul then got the degree approved on Dec. 4 in 2012 and since then, regional hospitals have been calling about the degree program.
“This would give them more skills to work in the hospital environment with technology,” Rosul said.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show career opportunities in the medical technicians field to grow by nearly 30 percent by 2016.
Students going into the career field should expect an average yearly salary of $44,000 once hired.
The career fields in this degree program are Biomed Technician, Bio-Medical Engineer, Medical Lab Technician, Emergency Medical Technician and Medical Records Technician.
For students looking to start classes at the college for the degree should take Electronics 1100, 1141 and 1101 as prerequisites in order to take the other 22 courses for the degree.