On January 19, Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) celebrated virtually with students, staff and faculty at BCIT, accreditation of the institution’s Biomedical Engineering Technology. National program accreditation involves a comprehensive audit, including interviews with employers of graduates, alumni, students and faculty and a tour of the programs’ labs and student support services.
The team of lead auditor Kathy Deschamps, C.E.T. (Ontario) and auditors Jesse Esperame, C.Tech. (Alberta), Lloyd Van't Haaff, A.Sc.T. (British Columbia) and Adrian Barbulescu, A.Sc.T. (British Columbia) noted the program’s unique fit in the School of Health Sciences provides students access to picture archiving and communication systems. A strong connection to industry through a five week practicum at the end of year two, guest speakers, fields trips, Biomedical Engineering Day and “Demo Night”, at which second year students present their capstone projects to program advisory committee members and industry representatives, create valuable work experience and networking opportunities for students.
“Congratulations to the Biomedical Engineering Technology program being the first TAC accredited program at BCIT,” comments Richard Stamper, TAC Executive Director. “This significant achievement demonstrates a commitment to students and industry, delivering a program which meets the current standards of the engineering technology and applied science profession.”
“This national accreditation is significant to our program as it allows our graduates to be registered as biomedical engineering technologists in British Columbia and other provinces, remarks Anthony Chan, Program Head, Biomedical Engineering, BCIT. “It is an acknowledgement our graduates have acquired recognized skills and knowledge to practice in the profession.”
Additionally, accreditation provides graduates of the program an expedited path to professional certification through Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC and other provincial certifying bodies across Canada.
As the national accrediting body for the engineering technology and applied science profession, TAC is committed to partnering with educational institutions to ensure students receive the highest quality education which meets the profession’s national educational standards. For more information about TAC, visit technologyaccreditation.ca.
About the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
For more than 55 years, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has been delivering flexible, relevant, and future-proof education that prepares learners to provide applied solutions to industry challenges – across BC and around the world. With five campuses and over 50,000 students enrolled each year, BCIT is one of BC’s largest post-secondary institutes. The BCIT curriculum is developed through close consultation with industry and delivered by instructors who have direct, hands-on experience in their fields. Students gain the technical skills, real-world experience, and problem-solving ability needed to embrace complexity and lead innovation in a rapidly changing workforce. Through its unique applied education model, BCIT is empowering people, shaping BC, and inspiring global progress.
Anthony Chan, Program Head, Biomedical Engineering (far right) with Biomedical Engineering Technology students
Richard Stamper, Executive Director
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