BIOMEDICAL EQUIPMENT TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Programmes Offered

The Department offers Degree and Diploma in Biomedical Equipment Technology.

This programme prepares individuals interested in technology and health sciences to enter a challenging career in Biomedical Equipment Technology. The programme produces biomedical equipment technicians with the ability to participate in the development and application of technology to medicine. Biomedical Equipment Technicians are specialized individuals who are educated and trained on the methods of physiological measurement, equipment application and operation, safety, performance and preventive testing, calibration, problem solving, and troubleshooting. To this effect, the Biomedical Equipment Technology programme prepares individuals to install, operate, troubleshoot and repair sophisticated medical devices in the health care delivery system. Emphasis is placed on preventive and safety inspections to ensure that biomedical equipment meet national and international safety standards.

NATIONAL DEMAND FOR THE PROGRAMME

The health care delivery system has grown to depend on medical devices and systems to diagnose, treat and monitor patients in health care. These medical devices have become very complex, as they are becoming microprocessor controlled, PC based and networked to share information. The quest of every society, including Ghana, is to continuously improve the quality of its member’s lives through promoting of health, prevention of disease, and access to an efficient health care delivery system. The delivery of efficient and quality health care system largely depends upon technology especially medical technology. As medical technology continues to evolve, so does its impact on patient outcomes, hospital operations, and financial resources. The ability to manage this continual evolution has become a major challenge in all health care organizations. The effective and efficient management of medical technology has become a matter of financial survival for health care facilities, and therefore medical technology management is one of the most important segments of the health care system.

Medical technology management requires both technical and managerial expertise. The Biomedical Equipment Technician is trained to ensure cost-effective, efficacious and safe management of medical technology to meet the demands of quality patient care. Currently, there is no institution in Ghana that offers a programme in Biomedical Equipment Technology. It is therefore not surprising that a visit to some of our hospitals, including the major ones, reveals the deplorable state of the medical technology in those hospitals.

It is to address this prevailing national need that Valley View University has decided to start a two-year Diploma programme in Biomedical Equipment Technology.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Diploma/Degree Programme in Biomedical Equipment Technology at Valley View University is available to any student who meets the academic and character requirements of the University, and who expresses willingness to cooperate with its policies.

Applicants must have one of the following academic requirements in order to be admitted to the programme in Biomedical Equipment Technology.

a. GCE ‘O’ level and ‘A’ level Applicants

Five (5) GCE Ordinary Level passes including English Language, Mathematics and Physics plus a minimum of two GCE A level passes in relevant subjects- Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

b. SSCE/WASSCE

SSSCE/WASSCE holders: Credit passes (A-D/A1-C6) in six subjects comprising three (3) core subjects, including English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science, plus three (3) relevant elective subjects in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Applied Electricity.

c. Mature Students

· Applicants who are aged 25 and above with 3 years working experience and have five passes including English and Mathematics in SSSCE or A1-E8 including English and Mathematics in WASSE can apply or has GCE Ordinary Level or School Certificate credits including English Language and Mathematics can apply.

· Applicants without formal academic qualifications may be considered for admission if they are above 25 years old and have demonstrated relevant work experience. Applicants will also be required to pass an entrance examination and/or an interview.