II. Program Criteria for Baccalaureate Level Programs
The curriculum must prepare baccalaureate degree graduates with the knowledge, techniques, skills, and use of modern equipment in healthcare engineering technology. Baccalaureate degree graduates will be well prepared to support the use of medical devices in healthcare, focusing on selecting safe and effective medical equipment, maintenance of medical equipment and systems, contribute toward improving patient outcomes, educating clinical staff, and controlling costs through financial stewardship.
The curriculum for baccalaureate degree programs must include analog and digital electronics, medical device principles, applicable codes and regulations, medical vocabulary, the structure and function of the human body, an internship at a clinical site, as well as IT concepts including computers, peripherals, networks, cybersecurity, and software. In addition, baccalaureate degree curriculum must include asset management, imaging modality fundamentals, risk analysis, and process improvement. The curriculum will prepare graduates to have competency in the following curricular areas:
a. the interaction of medical equipment* with the human body.
b. the principles of medical equipment, safety and operational tests, the use of test results in order to improve processes and ensure that equipment is functioning properly and safely with appropriate documentation.
c. the clinical application of computer networks, networking protocols, and medical device interoperability including data security and privacy standards.
d. potential unsafe conditions related to the use of medical equipment and systems, preventative and corrective actions including risk mitigation.
e. technology utilized in specialized clinical areas such as patient imaging and the operating room, including the interconnectedness (connectivity) of medical devices and systems.
f. the principles of project management to the healthcare setting.
g. the financial information associated with the process of clinical equipment acquisition, management and support including budgeting and life-cycle planning.
*Source: ANSl/AAMI EQ89