Is biomedical technology a good course to study in Nigeria ?

Is biomedical technology a good course to study in Nigeria ?

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7 months ago
Biomedical technology is a broad term that combines engineering and technology to solve biological or medical problems involving humans, especially the design and use of medical equipment used to diagnose and treat various diseases.
7 months ago


The Department of Biomedical Technology (BMT) is one among the three pioneering departments of the School of Health and Health Technology (SHHT), FUTA, which was established in 2015. Biomedical Technology being a multidisciplinary course, the Department was created with the core principle of producing graduates that can be readily absorbed into several areas of the rapidly developing fields of Biomedical Technology. Students are expected to be exposed to intense programme of basic and applied courses, broad range of engineering courses, experimentation, projects and industrial training. These are designed to enable students satisfy the manpower and growing needs of Biomedical Technologists/Engineers in the public, private and industrial sectors of the economy both locally and internationally. Being a nascent and multidisciplinary department, we admitted our first set of 67 students during the 2015/2016 academic session. During the 2016/2017 academic session, the Department admitted another set of 31 students, thus bring the total number of students to 98. The Department started its operation from the School of Sciences Extension building temporary assigned to SHHT by the University. In line with the vision and mission of the University, the Department’s staff members are highly committed to the training of Biomedical Technology students with the core vision of promoting technology for self-reliance.


The philosophy of the Federal University of Technology, Akure is to produce technologically oriented graduates. In line with this philosophy, the Department trains graduates with a broad based knowledge in various aspects of Biomedical Technology with a bias towards biology, engineering and medicine. The undergraduate programme is designed to produce graduates that can be readily absorbed into several areas of the rapidly developing fields of Biomedical Technology. Students are exposed to intense programme of basic and applied courses, experimentation, projects and industrial training. These are designed to enable them satisfy the manpower and growing needs of Biomedical Engineers and Technologists in the public and industrial sectors of the economy. The programme involves research and training in the following areas: Biomedical instrumentation and intelligent biomedical systems control engineering; neurosciences; Biotechnology and Biomedicine; Nervous and Clinical Engineering, Rehabilitation Engineering. The thrust is to emphasize aspects of study that are relevant to articulated national and international development objectives and those that enhance the relevance of institution to the society. At the end of the programme, the products will be suitable for employment in all relevant public and private enterprises both in Nigeria and the world at large. The general philosophy of the programme is to produce graduates of high academic standing with adequate practical exposure who can function adequately in the medical education process, complement ancillary laboratory medical services to the greater society and develop entrepreneurial expertise in related disciplines.


The general objectives of training in Biomedical Technology are in consonance with the realization of national needs and aspirations vis-à-vis industrial development and technological emancipation. Therefore, the graduates must be resourceful, creative, knowledgeable and must be able to be self-employed. The main objectives of the programme are to:

(a) give students the basic knowledge in Biomedical Engineering and Technology;

(b) provide sufficient in-depth knowledge to enable promising graduates of the Department pursue postgraduate programmes in Biomedical Technology and related disciplines; and

(c) prepare graduates for employment in the public and private industries in diverse areas which includes but not limited to the following: Biotechnology; Biomedicine; Biomedical instrumentation; Intelligent control of biomedical systems; Neurosciences; Nervous and Clinical Engineering, Rehabilitation Engineering, Home health care technologies; Medical imaging; Artificial humanoid systems replacements, modeling and control for locomotion; Prosthetics and Orthotics; etc.


The rationale/justification for the programme include but not limited to the following:

(a) Biomedical Technology graduates should be engaged in the practice of Biomedical Engineering and Technology in the Medical and Allied Institutions, industries, education as well as offering services in the public and private sectors both locally and internationally.

(b) Graduates should contribute to the technological and economic development of Nigeria and beyond.

(c) Graduates should be prepared for admission to top graduate programs in both local foreign institutions.

(d) Graduates should be motivated toward and engaged in continuous professional developments through individual efforts and advanced professional education.


The degree to be awarded is the Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) Honours in Biomedical Technology.


The normal duration of the programme is five (5) academic sessions for students admitted to 100 Level through UME and four (4) academic sessions for those admitted into 200 Level by Direct Entry. Students may take longer than normal duration to complete the requirements for graduation but will NOT be allowed to exceed fourteen (14) semesters for candidates admitted through UTME and twelve (12) semesters for candidates admitted by Direct Entry.


To be eligible for a B. Tech. degree in Biomedical Technology of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, a candidate must:

(a) pass all prescribed core courses, School and University required courses as well as electives;

(b) complete successfully a minimum of 206 units for candidates admitted through UTME and 159 units for candidates admitted through Direct Entry; and obtain a CGPA of not less than 1.00.

(c) complete successfully all prescribed industrial attachments, projects and seminars. Student admitted by Direct Entry must audit and pass GNS 101, 102, and 103, and MEE 101 and 102. In the event of failure of these courses, the student will then offer the course(s) formally as credit courses.
7 months ago
Yes it is a good course.
The following are examples of specialty areas within the field of biomedical engineering:
Bioinstrumentation uses electronics, computer science, and measurement principles to develop devices used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Biomaterials is the study of naturally occurring or laboratory-designed materials that are used in medical devices or as implantation materials.
Biomechanics involves the study of mechanics, such as thermodynamics, to solve biological or medical problems.
Clinical engineering applies medical technology to optimize healthcare delivery.
Rehabilitation engineering is the study of engineering and computer science to develop devices that assist individuals with physical and cognitive impairments.
Systems physiology uses engineering tools to understand how systems within living organisms, from bacteria to humans, function and respond to changes in their environment.
Skills and Competencies Needed to Succeed in Biomedical Engineering
Careful measurement and analytical skills.
Good attention to detail.
A good eye for design.
The creative and technical ability to turn designs into products.
The ability to empathise with patients.
Communication and teamworking skills.
Locate, gather and organize information using appropriate technology and information systems
Collect information with attention to detail
Employ various analysis research
Review and evaluate goals and policies
Gather information and use information resources
Conduct and explain research results
Problem Solving and Critical Analysis
Use critical thinking skills to evaluate and solve problems, demonstrating the ability to be creative and innovative in identifying solutions
Analyze complex textual and cultural phenomenon
Develop critical observations and attention to detail
Communicate ideas clearly and efficiently in a variety of mediums through listening, clarifying, and responding comprehensively
Read critically and write persuasively with a comprehensive knowledge of grammar and vocabulary
Explain complex concepts and theories to others
Write concise technical reports and essays
Career Opportunities in Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical engineers work in a wide variety of settings and disciplines. There are opportunities in industry for innovating, designing, and developing new technologies; in academia furthering research and pushing the frontiers of what is medically possible as well as testing, implementing, and developing new diagnostic tools and medical equipment; and in government for establishing safety standards for medical devices. Many biomedical engineers find employment in cutting-edge start-up companies or as entrepreneurs themselves.
In the last few years, both Forbes and CNN Money have dubbed biomedical engineering as the best health care career out there. And the possibilities within biomedical engineering are nearly endless.
Duties of Biomedical Engineers
Biomedical engineers typically do the following:
Design equipment and devices, such as artificial internal organs, replacements for body parts, and machines for diagnosing medical problems
Install, adjust, maintain, repair, or provide technical support for biomedical equipment
Evaluate the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of biomedical equipment
Train clinicians and other personnel on the proper use of equipment
Work with life scientists, chemists, and medical scientists to research the engineering aspects of the biological systems of humans and animals
Prepare procedures, write technical reports, publish research papers, and make recommendations based on their research findings
Present research findings to scientists, nonscientist executives, clinicians, hospital management, engineers, other colleagues, and the public
Biomedical engineers design instruments, devices, and software used in healthcare; bring together knowledge from many technical sources to develop new procedures; or conduct research needed to solve clinical problems.
They often serve a coordinating function, using their background in both engineering and medicine. For example, they may create products for which an indepth understanding of living systems and technology is essential. They frequently work in research and development or in quality assurance.
Biomedical engineers design electrical circuits, software to run medical equipment, or computer simulations to test new drug therapies. In addition, they design and build artificial body parts, such as hip and knee joints. In some cases, they develop the materials needed to make the replacement body parts. They also design rehabilitative exercise equipment.
The work of these engineers spans many professional fields. For example, although their expertise is based in engineering and biology, they often design computer software to run complicated instruments, such as three-dimensional x-ray machines. Alternatively, many of these engineers use their knowledge of chemistry and biology to develop new drug therapies. Others draw heavily on mathematics and statistics to build models to understand the signals transmitted by the brain or heart.
Manufacturing Engineer: responsible for developing and designing medical products.
Quality Engineer: examines medical products after they’ve been manufactured to make sure that they meet certain standards and specifications.
Software Engineer: focuses on designing and developing computer programs that are used for various medical applications.
Physician: diagnoses and treat illnesses.
Clinical engineers: work to ensure that medical equipment is safe and reliable for use in clinical settings.
Researchers: spends the bulk of their time obtaining knowledge to find solutions to medical problems.
Associate Quality Assurance Engineer: supports assigned teams to generate product quality system documentation, ensure high process capability outcomes and generate risk.
R&D Engineer: Serves as a technical expert in medical equipment and single use devices
Tissue and stem cell engineers: works towards artificial recreation of human organs, aiding in transplants and helping millions around the world live better lives.
7 months ago
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