SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme for Specialist Diploma in Biomedical Technology

School of Applied Sciences, lifelong learning, Specialist Diploma in Biomedical Technology

About the Course

This programme will provide opportunities for fresh Polytechnic graduates to deepen their skills and knowledge needed for a career in the medical technology and healthcare related industries. The Specialist Diploma in Biomedical Technology focuses on offering in-depth knowledge and application on various principles, applications, technology and design of medical sensors, devices and instruments commonly used in biomedical sector. These include, but are not limited to, cardiac devices, ophthalmological devices, biomedical implant, spirometer, medical imaging instruments, and etc.

The ELP aims to provide a pathway for career development and further education through two (2) Post-Diploma Certificates (PDCs). At the end of this programme, participants will be awarded a Specialist Diploma in Biomedical Technology.

Participants take 12 months to complete the two certifications during Earn and Learn Programme.  The Specialist Diploma in Biomedical Technology will be issued upon meeting 50% of attendance requirement and passing the assessment criteria of both PDCs.

  Certification (264 hours)   Modules   

Biomedical Instrumentation
(150 hours)

  1. Biomedical Sensors and Measurements  (30 hours)
  2. Biomedical Instrumentation and Systems (30 hours)
  3. Medical Imaging (30 hours)
  4. On-the-job training cum Project (60 hours)

Biomedical Device Development

(114 hours)

  1. Biomedical Device (39 hours)
  2. Biomaterials (39 hours)
  3. Human Factors and Systems Design (36 hours)

This includes self-learning hours in the form of e-learning, assessments, case study analysis and revision required by the module.

Module Synopses

1. Post-Diploma Certificate in Biomedical Instrumentation

Biomedical Sensors and Measurements

The aim of this course is to teach students the principles, design and applications of the medical sensors and measurement technology commonly used in the healthcare industry. Fundamental principles of sensors and devices will be covered and systemic analysis and design will also be introduced. The student will also learn about digital healthcare with emphasis on personalized biomedical devices.

Medical Imaging

This course covers various aspects of medical imaging, image processing and visualisation. Topics include X-Ray, Magnetic Resonance, Functional Infrared Thermal imaging and Ultrasonic Imaging, as well as more specialized techniques for dynamic studies of specific body functions. The importance of electronics medical images transmission through cloud and cybersecurity will also be covered in this module.

Biomedical Instrumentation and Systems

The aim of this course is to teach students the principles, design and applications of the medical instruments most commonly used in the healthcare industry. Quantitative methods of analysis are developed including simplifying assumptions to make the students understand and design an instrumentation system for diagnostic and therapeutic medical applications. Integration of systems through Internet of Things (IoT) and the concept of networking will be introduced.

On- the-job training cum project

Students on the ELP track will be involved in an On-the-Job training (OJT) at their place of employment. A project on designing/regulating biomedical devices will be structured with the employer. Students are expected to execute the project at the workplace. Through hands-on experience in designing and improving biomedical devices, students will acquire a greater understanding of progress and advancement of tools used in healthcare. Non-ELP track students will be assigned in-house projects in place of the OJT component.

2. Post-Diploma Certificate in Biomedical Device Development 

Biomedical Device

Students will be introduced to the wide range of biomedical devices such as cardiac devices (including heart valves, stents, pace makers, catheters, etc), dental implants, ophthalmological devices, drug delivery techniques, auditory devices, and diagnostic tools. Students will also learn about sterilisation, evaluation and failure analysis of implants and medical devices.

Human Factors and Systems Design

This module is about understanding human strengths and limitations as well as designing systems that fit them. It gives students an overview of the underlying philosophy, aims and approaches of human centered system design. Students are introduced to the human sensory and physiological systems and cognitive processes. They are exposed to basic principles of designing and evaluating workplaces and interfaces. Issues on accidents, human error and safety design are also covered in this course.


The course aims to provide students with a general understanding of a wide range of biomaterials made from appropriate metals, ceramics, and polymers (including natural and synthetic polymers). Included in the course are relevant fundamental details that link factors such as bonding, structure, processing parameters and microstructures to the properties of biomaterials. These fundamentals will equip students to understand the mechanical, chemical and physical behaviour of materials when used in biomedical applications.

Credit Exemption

Participants who have completed the Specialist Diploma in Biomedical Technology qualification may be granted credits exemption of up to one year towards completion of Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering in Singapore University of Social Sciences.


Commencement Date    Duration   Venue  Schedule 
  June 2019 12 months  Republic Polytechnic/ Singapore University of Social View Schedule Here

Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents who are either of the below:

  • Polytechnic graduates from relevant courses, within 3 years of their graduation date or Operationally Ready Date (ORD) for National Servicemen. 
  • In-employment individuals who have graduated from Polytechnic for more than 3 years but within 5 years from date of graduation/ORD*

*Admission into the programme will be on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore Citizens

Fees Payable (After Subsidy & GST)

Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC) Fee
by RP 

Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC) Fee

Total Course Fee (Inclusive of GST)

Workfare Training Support (WTS) Scheme








40 years & above

$401.25 $507.72


below 40 years old




Singapore Permanent Resident

Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC) Fee by RP

Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC) Fee by SUSS

Total Course Fee (Inclusive of GST)




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Last updated on 20 Jun 2019

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Republic Polytechnic reserves the right to make changes to the course fee and application closing dates without prior notice.  The commencement of each course is subject to a sufficient number of participants. All information is accurate at time of publishing.