Biomedical Engineering Technology (Co-op)

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Program Code: 3417

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 3 years/ 9 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Progress Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 3556

The Biomedical Engineering Technology (Co-op) program will prepare students to combine engineering with medicine to play a part in transforming lives — with the added bonus of work experience prior to graduation.

In this School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science program, students will gain an optimal balance between theory and hands-on labs. Biomedical Engineering Technology courses will integrate various biomedical engineering principles including electronics, micro-controllers, computers, chemistry, biology, medicine, health and engineering in the design of medical equipment, rehabilitation and health improvement devices — all while teaching technical problem solving skills.

The program, as it prepares students for a challenging career with the latest technology, will continue to evolve to reflect the ever-growing innovations.

In addition to covering all of these topics and the newest industry developments, this program will also provide a co-op option that will enhance students' education with three terms as paid employees in the field.

In the biomedical equipment industry, engineering and scientific disciplines merge, resulting in innovations that are beneficial to both the healthcare system and society. Firms in this industry must now meet the challenge of providing a range of quality products. As a result, there will be a greater need for qualified professionals.

Please note: Qualified college or university graduates with a background in electronics gain direct admission into semester three of this three-year program and receive their Biomedical Engineering Technology advanced diploma in four semesters plus two work terms (program #3427, #3437 (co-op version)).

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Progress Campus
ETEC-101 Electronics Lab Instrumentation & Techniques Progress Campus
ETEC-102 Digital Electronics Progress Campus
ETEC-103 Electric Circuits Progress Campus
ETEC-104 Introduction to Electronic Systems and Problem Solving Progress Campus
MATH-170 Technology Mathematics 2 Progress Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Progress Campus
ETEC-121 Electronic Devices Progress Campus
ETEC-122 Digital Systems Progress Campus
ETEC-123 Electric Circuit Analysis Progress Campus
ETEC-128 C/C++ Programming Progress Campus
GNED-212 Ethics in Technology and the Environment Progress Campus
MATH-180 Technology Mathematics 3 Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
BTEC-106 Biomedical Physiology Progress Campus
BTEC-211 Medical Signal Processing Progress Campus
BTEC-212 Microbiology and Infection Control Progress Campus
COOP-221 Employment Pre-placement Progress Campus
ETEC-201 Electronic Circuits Progress Campus
ETEC-206 RF Communications Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus

Semester Note

COOP222 Co-op Work Placement 1 follows Semester 3.
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
BTEC-221 Medical Instrumentation Progress Campus
BTEC-222 Dialysis & Water Treatment Progress Campus
BTEC-313 Medical Imaging Systems Progress Campus
ETEC-202 Microcontroller Programming and Interfacing Progress Campus
ETEC-203 Measurement and Instrumentation Progress Campus
ETEC-221 Electronic Applications Progress Campus

Semester Note

COOP331 Co-op Work Placement 2 follows Semester 4.

Semester 5
Course Code Course Title Location
BTEC-227 Biomedical Research and Develoment Progress Campus
BTEC-312 Biomechanics Progress Campus
BTEC-314 Biophotonics Progress Campus
BTEC-322 Advanced Dialysis Technology Progress Campus
ENGL-250 Report Writing in a Technical Environment Progress Campus
ETEC-222 Applications with Microcontrollers Progress Campus
ETEC-224 System Integration Progress Campus

Semester Note

COOP332 Co-op Work Placement 3 follows Semester 5.

Semester 6
Course Code Course Title Location
BTEC-311 Computer Networking in Healthcare Progress Campus
BTEC-321 Advanced Topics in Biomedical Engineering Progress Campus
BTEC-325 Biomedical Product Sales & Services Progress Campus
BTEC-327 Biomedical Capstone Project Progress Campus
ETEC-324 Wireless Networks and Applications Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus

Program Highlights

  • The Biomedical Engineering Technology (Co-op) program will include practical application using a wide range of high-tech equipment.
  • This program will provide students with the opportunity for three paid co-op work terms, starting in semester four.
  • Work experience will take place in hospitals, medical equipment companies, pharmaceutical companies and rehabilitation facilities.
  • The program has its own Biomedical Student Club. It also has an active student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Articulation Agreements

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in an articulated program with select universities. These partnerships will allow them to apply academic credit towards further study.

The Biomedical Technology (Co-op) program's educational partner is:

  • Athabasca University (Science degree)

Professional Associations

Graduates of this Toronto Biomedical Technology program will be eligible for the Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) and Certified Biomedical Engineering Technologist (CBET) certifications.

Please note: The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body — not by Centennial College. In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.


The Biomedical Engineering Technology (Co-op) program has met the national technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and, as such, has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB).



Career Outlook

  • Bioengineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Engineering technologist

Academic Requirements

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If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $1,743.00 $4,510.00
International $12,800.00 $3,288.00 $16,088.00