Medical technology, technical health
Keyhole surgery, computed tomography, ultrasound, artificial joints - healthcare is teeming with high-tech medical devices. It combines medical, scientific, engineering and information technology expertise.
The study field at a glance
Areas of study in this area include hearing technology / audiology, medical technology and orthopedics and rehabilitation technology.
The courses offered cover a spectrum of research and development ranging from procedures and instrumentation for fast and accurate diagnosis and gentle therapy to analysis, modeling and simulation of living systems and subsystems, to the development of biomaterials and organ replacement.
For example, biomedical engineering develops solutions for the requirements of medical practice and converts these into industrial products. Examples include novel imaging techniques such as positron emission tomography (PET), virtual training simulations for the training of physicians, laser therapy in ophthalmology, neuro-technical implants, and the development of biocompatible materials or endoscopic surgical methods.
Universities of applied sciences and universities offer undergraduate and graduate courses in this field. Possible study titles are: biomedical engineering, sports medicine technology, biomedical engineering, dental technology and management. Specializations are possible in the Master's program, such as Biomedical Physics and Imaging, Hearing Acoustics and Audiological Technology, Micro-medicine or Medical Systems Engineering.
At some universities, a practice-integrated dual degree program is also possible.
Contents of the course
The bachelor program offers modules in natural science and technology (mathematics, physics, anatomy, physiology, computer science, materials engineering, and engineering mechanics, manufacturing technology). In addition, business management and foreign languages. In addition, contents may e.g. from the social field as well as internships and project work on the curriculum.
Depending on the contents, a study of specialization may follow with modules, e.g. in biomechanics, medical microsystems technology, control engineering, electrical engineering, medical device construction, biotelemetry, lightweight construction, technical orthopedics and rehabilitation technology, hearing acoustics, ophthalmic optics, biocompatible materials, cardiovascular technology, digital image and signal processing, robot systems, environmental and hygiene technology, medical safety technology, quality management.
Admission criteria & course application
Universities of applied sciences sometimes require a pre-study internship. Internships are an integral part of the degree course at colleges and universities.
Possible careers after graduation
Engineers for biomedical engineering (BMT) and medical apparatus engineering work predominantly in the medical technology industry, in hospitals, sanatoriums, in practices, laboratories and the like. In addition, there are jobs at manufacturers of analytical equipment, at test centers, authorities and at universities.
Hospital Technology Engineers (KBT) work in hospitals, sanatoriums, health resorts and similar health care facilities. In addition, there are job opportunities as a building manager / -in large buildings such as administrative buildings, hotels, department stores, universities, etc. They also become active in the medical-technical trade or in public authorities (e.g. state building offices).