Clinical Engineering Minor

Dr. Kerr and a student working on a CPB labClinical Engineers apply engineering principles in hospitals and with medical device companies. They strive to meet the growing technical demands in healthcare industry by looking for ways to solve healthcare problems to improve safety and make care more efficient.

You can be a part of a niche engineering field that helps patients by working both in the hospital setting or by working for companies creating breakthrough medical technologies.

What do they do?

  • Assesses need for new equipment
  • Manages medical equipment projects
  • Looks for ways to make hospital safer by utilizing technology differently
  • Investigates medical device failures
  • Helps design new hospital care units
  • Provides technical support to doctors and nurses
  • Trains clinicians about new technology
  • Use engineering skills in hospital every day to influence patient outcome

Job Opportunities

Clinical engineers can work at:

  • hospital clinical engineering departments
  • independent service organizations within a hospital
  • medical device companies

The clinical engineering profession has lots of growth opportunities. Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) departments at larger hospitals offer department manager and director positions for clinical engineers. Third-party service organizations or independent service organizations (ISO) and medical device manufacturers have clinical engineering roles as well as regional director and manager opportunities.

Median salary $86,400 (median of all clinical engineers across US from 2019)

Professional certification is available and may be required for advancement

  • Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET)
  • Certified Radiology Equipment Specialist (CRES)
  • Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE)
  • Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM)

Industry Resources

Clinical Engineering

Clinical Engineering Curriculum