Healthcare Technology Management-AAS

The Healthcare Technology Management program will prepare students to seek a variety of entry-level positions in the biomedical and healthcare technology management industry. Students will engage in coursework related to biomedical information systems, electronics, networking, troubleshooting, digital and mechanical systems, database fundamentals, and safety and compliance. An emphasis on medical applications, operations, and procedures is embedded within the various program courses. The program includes instruction in instrument calibration, design, installation. and testing, as well as safety, maintenance, and equipment repair procedures. Students will garner the skills and working knowledge to perform medical equipment maintenance services characterized by repair or module replacement; repair of general medical equipment malfunctions; adjustment of medical equipment utilizing common and special purpose tools and electronic test equipment; conduct preventive maintenance checks and services: and conduct calibration, verification, certification and electrical safety tests. Students will be placed in an internship where they will be able to apply all of the skills learned throughout the duration of the program.

Students who complete the two-year program will complete a certification course that will prepare them for the Certified Associate in Biomedical Technology (CABT) credential. 

The Healthcare Technology Management Diploma will be earned after a student completes the first two semesters of the program.

Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
CSC-110 Introduction to Computers 3
HTM-100 Applied Human Biology for Biomedical Technicians 3
HTM-101 Biomedical Equipment I 3
MAT-702 Introduction to Math Applications 3
NET-142 Network Essentials 3
Semester Total: 15
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
ELT-351 Electronics I 3
ENG-110 Writing for the Workplace 3
HTM-102 Healthcare Technology Management I 3
HTM-103 Introduction to Digital and Mechanical Control Systems 3
HTM-104 Basic X-Ray 3
Semester Total: 15
Summer Semester I Course Title Credit
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics 3
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3
Semester Total: 6
Fall Semester II Course Title Credit
ELT-354 Electronics II 3
HTM-105 Biomedical Information Systems 3
HTM-106 Troubleshooting Theory and Methodology 3
WBL-104 Exploring Careers: Health Sciences 1-3
Semester Total: 9
Spring Semester II Course Title Credit
HTM-107 Healthcare Database Fundamentals 3
HTM-108 Safety and Compliance in Healthcare 3
HTM-109 Biomedical Technician Certification Preparation 3
HTM-932 Biomedical Technician Internship 2
SOC-114 Conflict Resolution in the Workplace 3
Semester Total: 14
PROGRAM TOTAL: 59

CSC-110 - Introduction to Computers

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course provides an introduction to computer concepts. The student will use the Windows operating system, presentation software, electronic spreadsheet software, database management software and word processing software. Microcomputer hardware and software as well as the processing concepts associated with each will be discussed. The course will also include information on file management, the Internet, virus protection and e-mail basics as applicable to the academic world as well as the business environment. Lab time outside of class is required to complete projects.

HTM-100 - Applied Human Biology for Biomedical Technicians

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is designed for students who have no previous experience and are unfamiliar with the human body systems, functions and medical terminology. The course provides an introduction of medical terms and anatomy to develop a foundational awareness for the biomedical technician working in the healthcare technology management industry. The course will cover the components and meaning of medical words, hematology, body systems, the interplay of anatomy and medical equipment, bloodborne pathogens and infection control.

HTM-101 - Biomedical Equipment I

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

In this course, students are introduced to the hierarchy of statutes, regulations, accreditation standards and hospital policies for healthcare equipment management and safety. The course focuses on performing extensive equipment testing to verify conformity with national standards and manufacturer specifications and learning standard practices for electrical safety testing, healthcare technology management and medical ethics. Also, the course introduces equipment management principles and troubleshooting techniques a BMET would employ to maximize the life span and minimize life-cycle costs while emphasizing resource and chemical use management.

MAT-702 - Introduction to Math Applications

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course is offered to students who can profit from an applied course in mathematics and will prepare students who need to develop skills for MAT-704. It is designed as an introductory level algebra course recommended for students with one year of high school algebra. Emphasis is on the building of basic algebra skills and the application of these mathematical techniques. The course studies the relationship of geometry and algebra as they apply to various fields. This course will also cover whole numbers/decimals, integers, fractions/percents, direct measurement, basic geometric concepts/relationships, linear equations and right-triangle trigonometry. Prerequisite: MAT-052 or meet minimum placement testing requirements.

NET-142 - Network Essentials

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is designed to provide students with the background necessary to understand the local area networking information in Microsoft courses on workstations and networking. This course provides students with the information needed to build a foundation in current networking technology for local area networks, wide area networks and the Internet.

ELT-351 - Electronics I

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course is designed to strengthen the students' understanding of AC and DC electricity and electronics including sources of electricity, basic circuits and components, and their applications to practical devices. Students will explore fundamentals of electricity, current, resistance, voltage, Ohm's Law, circuit components, DC measurements, power, magnetism, electromagnetism and AC measurements. Prerequisite: MAT-702.

ENG-110 - Writing for the Workplace

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Writing for the Workplace prepares students for the various types of written communication required by professional employers. In this class, students learn how to write informal and formal documents and reports in the design and style of career-related communication with a focus on audience, purpose, subject and genre and how they affect our writing choices. This course also includes a review of grammar and usage skills, as well as emphasizes effective language use in real-world applications. Prerequisites: ENG-013 with a minimum grade of C-  or meet minimum placement test score requirements. No Waivers.

HTM-102 - Healthcare Technology Management I

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

In this course, students are introduced to the structure and operations of the healthcare system, the need for clinical technicians in the healthcare system and their roles and responsibilities. The course will focus on the foundations of healthcare technology management, managing medical equipment and distinguishing the difference between standards, regulations and guidelines. Students will be able to provide a detailed explanation of the role of clinical engineering in the healthcare system, the application of systems engineering to healthcare technology and equipment and the policies which affect healthcare technology management.

HTM-103 - Introduction to Digital and Mechanical Control Systems

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course will introduce theory, fabrication and testing of digital electronic circuits through manipulative experiences. The course will also strengthen the understanding of a broad range of motor types and the systems used to control them. Topics covered range from binary number systems, logic gates, microcomputer basics, pneumatic systems, hydraulic systems, motor types, and controls to installing and maintaining conventional controllers, electronic motor drives and programmable logic controllers. Corequisite: ELT-351.

HTM-104 - Basic X-Ray

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course is designed to explain the function of radiographic instrumentation used in medicine for diagnosis, treatment and life support including basic operation, repair, troubleshooting and preventive care maintenance.

PHI-105 - Introduction to Ethics

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A survey of the major ethical emphases from ancient to modem times with pertinent reading in the works of representative philosophers.

SPC-101 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Explores communication in a variety of contexts including interpersonal relationships, the workplace, small groups and public speaking. Emphasis on the application and practice of communication theories and skills, particularly public speaking.

ELT-354 - Electronics II

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

In this course, students will develop an understanding of semiconductor devices and linear electronics. Students will be introduced to general terminology, types of semiconductors, safe operating practices and proper testing procedures of semiconductor devices. Students will also be able to explain circuit theory, construction techniques of linear circuits, proper equipment operation and applications of selected technological developments with linear electronic circuits. Prerequisite: ELT-351.

HTM-105 - Biomedical Information Systems

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

Healthcare Delivery Organizations include a vast interconnected network of people, places and things including the Healthcare Internet of Things (HIoT). This course includes an exploration of how hospitals and clinics are interconnected and the networked architecture of the modern hospital. The purpose of the course is to introduce the student to the principles of computer technology related to healthcare information systems with emphasis on computerized medical billing, healthcare data collection, storage, retrieval, security arrangement, presentation and verification. This course will also introduce the networked and interconnected components and requirements of the Healthcare Information System.

HTM-106 - Troubleshooting Theory and Methodology

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course will introduce students to the basic concepts and theories of troubleshooting medical devices. The course focuses on troubleshooting methodologies to identify a problem and employ manageable, practical steps to correct the problem. These steps include identifying the problem, determining the probable cause, testing cause-hypothesis, creating a feasible solution, implementing and verifying the resolution and adjusting for re-engagement. Students will learn how to record the solution through quality documentation of actions, outcomes and lessons learned. These skills will be taught and reinforced using guided discussions, case studies and lessons learned from experiences in the BMET field from the instructor and fellow students. Prerequisites: HTM- 101, ELT-351 and NET-142.  

WBL-104 - Exploring Careers: Health Sciences

This course will provide guidance in choosing a career goal and preparing for employment in Health Sciences careers. Emphasis will be placed on identifying interests, abilities, and values, and exploring options for careers. Students will learn how to access labor market information and employment trends. Additionally, students will develop the skills and aptitudes necessary to obtain employment in these fields, emphasizing the development of characteristics associated with job success.

HTM-107 - Healthcare Database Fundamentals

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course is designed to teach students about databases and how to use them in a healthcare environment. Students will walk through the creation of an equipment tracking system. The course will teach students how to create forms, make queries, use fields and navigate a database. Additionally, students will create and explore a database designed specifically for healthcare facilities. Students will develop an understanding of database application in the centralization and coordination of all aspects of medical device maintenance and management in a Healthcare Delivery Organization(HDO).

HTM-108 - Safety and Compliance in Healthcare

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

In this course, students will be introduced to federal regulations, accepted standards and the accreditation procedure utilized by Healthcare Delivery Organizations (HDO's), nationally. The course will walk students through interpretation of federal regulations, NFPA guidelines for healthcare facilities, as well as the standards for both DNV and TJC Accreditation. Students will be exposed to the roles and responsibilities of the Healthcare Technology Management team and the specific individual technician responsibilities associated with healthcare compliance.

HTM-109 - Biomedical Technician Certification Preparation

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

In this course, students will explore the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Certified Associate of Biomedical Technician (CABT) certification standards. The course will equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain national certification and an entry-level position as a biomedical equipment technician. Students completing the certification preparation course will be prepared to complete the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Certified Associate in Biomedical Technology (CABT) certification.

HTM-932 - Biomedical Technician Internship

OJT: 8

Credit: 2

The internship provides students applied healthcare technology management and service experience within a healthcare setting. During the internship, the student will learn and perform electrical safety inspections, preventative maintenance and minor repairs on selected pieces of medical equipment. Students are expected to adhere to all policies and regulations associated with their internship facilities. The schedule for meeting the requirements of the internship will be arranged between the student, faculty member and the internship site. Prerequisites: All program courses from semester 1-4.

SOC-114 - Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace will study conflict resolution theories and applications in the workplace. The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop their own effective interpersonal conflict resolution skills as well as skills needed to help employees resolve their conflicts with one another and the skills needed to negotiate contracts. Students will also be introduced to theories and skills needed to apply culturally sensitive principles to conflict resolution.

Dr. Ashlee Spannagel - Dean of Career and Technical Education & Workforce Development, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5380

Email: aspannagel@scciowa.edu
BS, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
MS, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
EdD, Capella University