About ABET Accreditation

ABET ETACThis voluntary, peer-based program accreditation benefits the constituents of an academic institution by promoting consistency and reliability.  Students can expect a college or university to deliver instruction aligned with potential employers, with input from professionals in the field.  The Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET has representation from AAMI to guide academic programs associated with the HTM profession.  AAMI joins more than 30 professional societies that contribute to ensure program quality in higher education.

ABET Accreditation Criteria

  • Students, including performance evaluation, monitoring and advising
  • Program educational objectives (what graduates will be able to do after graduation)
  • Student outcomes (what skills and abilities students will have upon graduation including communication, teamwork, and a commitment to continuous improvement)
  • Continuous program improvement through assessment and evaluation
  • Curricular components
  • Faculty, including credentials and competencies
  • Facilities, including classrooms, laboratories, and resources that support learning
  • Institutional support and leadership
  • Program specific criteria

More specific information is available here http://www.abet.org/accreditation/accreditation-criteria/

AAMI Proposed Criteria

Associate Degree

AAMI is working to revise the program-specific criteria.  The proposed criteria includes:

  • The curriculum must prepare associate degree graduates with the knowledge, techniques, skills, and use of modern equipment in healthcare engineering technology.
  • Graduates of associate degree programs will be well prepared to work in equipment planning, purchasing, installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and on-call technical support of medical device technology and systems. 

The curriculum for associate degree programs must include analog and digital electronics, medical device principles, applicable codes and regulations, medical vocabulary, the structure and function of the human body, an internship at a clinical site, as well as IT concepts including computers, peripherals, networks, and software. Graduates of associate degree programs must demonstrate competency in the following curricular areas: 

  1. interaction of medical equipment* with the human body.
  2. principles of medical equipment, safety and operational tests, the use of test results in order to improve processes and ensure that equipment is functioning properly and safely with appropriate documentation.
  3. information technology principles applied to medical equipment systems, including data security and privacy standards
  4. potential unsafe conditions related to the use of medical equipment and systems, preventative and corrective actions including risk mitigation.

 *Source: ANSI/AAMI EQ89

Baccalaureate Degree

The curriculum must prepare baccalaureate degree graduates with the knowledge, techniques, skills, and use of modern equipment in healthcare engineering technology.  Baccalaureate degree graduates will be well prepared to support the use of medical devices in healthcare, focusing on selecting safe and effective medical equipment, maintenance of medical equipment and systems, contribute toward improving patient outcomes, educating clinical staff, and controlling costs through financial stewardship.

The curriculum for baccalaureate degree programs must include analog and digital electronics, medical device principles, applicable codes and regulations, medical vocabulary, the structure and function of the human body, an internship at a clinical site, as well as IT concepts including computers, peripherals, networks, cybersecurity, and software.  In addition, baccalaureate degree curriculum must include asset management, imaging modality fundamentals, risk analysis, and process improvement.Graduates must demonstrate competency in the following curricular areas:

  1. interaction of medical equipment* with the human body.
  2. principles of medical equipment, safety and operational tests, the use of test results in order to improve processes and ensure that equipment is functioning properly and safely with appropriate documentation.
  3. clinical application of computer networks, networking protocols, and medical device interoperability including data security and privacy standards.
  4. potential unsafe conditions related to the use of medical equipment and systems, preventative and corrective actions including risk mitigation.
  5. technology utilized in specialized clinical areas such as patient imaging and the operating room, including the interconnectedness (connectivity) of medical devices and systems.
  6. principles of project management to the healthcare setting.
  7. financial information associated with the process of clinical equipment acquisition, management and support including budgeting and life-cycle planning.

*Source: ANSI/AAMI EQ89

Program Evaluators

AAMI is represented at ETAC of ABET by a Board of Delegates representative and an ETAC of ABET Commissioner.  Additional AAMI members serve as ABET volunteer experts as program evaluators, PEVs.  Please consider becoming a PEV.  The qualifications include:

  • Dedicated to improving education of the HTM profession
  • Supports AAMI’s mission statement, vision, and values
  • AAMI member
  • Academic degree appropriate for field – Bachelor’s degree in engineering, engineering technology, or computer science; Masters, PE, CCE, CBET, CRES, CLES or CHTM preferred
  • Five years of contemporary professional experience in healthcare technology. Academic faculty who instruct HTM-related courses meet the professional experience criteria
  • Approved by HTAC
  • Meets ABET PEV criteria including technically current, effective communicator, interpersonally skilled, team-oriented, professional, and organized

Program evaluators typically visit one campus in the fall for several days every few years.  The visits follow extensive online and face-to-face training and mentoring.  PEVs are often from industry and join a national network of experts.  More information about becoming a PEV is available here http://www.abet.org/network-of-experts/ or by contacting Barbara Christe, AAMI PEV mentor.