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Dr. Joie Marhefka

Dr. Joie Marhefka is the new program coordinator the Biomedical Engineering Technology program at Penn State New Kensington.  You can read more about Joie in a recent news story. 

Continuous improvements to medical equipment technology allows healthcare providers take better care of patients.  However, who takes care of the equipment?

Biomedical Engineering Technologists, graduates of the Biomedical Engineering Technology (BET) program, are trained professionals who operate, maintain, troubleshoot and repair medical equipment. 

The 2-year BET degree prepares students to enter the workforce in this expanding, technical field. Our curriculum includes:

  • hands-on medical equipment instruction covering operation, inspection procedures, preventative maintenance and troubleshooting
  • classroom instruction in electronics, physiology, chemistry, computer networking and more
  • experience working with patient monitors, defibrillators, pacemakers, infusion devices, electrosurgical units, and anesthesia machines, just to name a few
  • and an internship at one of over 50 approved healthcare facilities in the region

The Penn State New Kensington Biomedical Engineering Technology Associate Degree (BET) program is one of only several programs of its kind in the nation to be accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.