Diploma In Medical Engineering

General Objectives

At the end of this course, the trainee should be able to:-

  • Understand the general working and use of common health care equipment and systems.
  • Diagnose technical faults in common health care equipment and systems
  • Maintain clinical medical equipment and hospital systems in serviceable condition
  • Interpret working drawings with a view to fabricating a given technical part to improve efficiency of the system without endangering patients.
  • Acquire safe working attitude for any working environment
  • Modify existing systems to improve efficiency.
  • Appreciate management and organizational problems and display leadership skills in medical engineering fields.


Medical or more precisely biomedical technology is rapidly becoming the new challenge for medical services. The exponential growth of investigatory procedures has important ramifications for the manner in which the future medical practice is to be conducted.
New technologies and new capabilities are immerging to provide new opportunities, for the increasing number of school leavers to enable them to be in the process of creating self support.
The general objective of the technologist or technician is to enable them enter the world of work with confidence.
The diploma in Medical Engineering is intended to prepare trainees for maintenance and repair of clinical medical equipment and hospital systems as well as sell and even design and fabricate a number of the equipment.

Career development and opportunities

World wide over medical institutions have always faced competition in some form or another.
Biomedical Engineering is source of competition and one that is predicted to have accelerated growth. The need for skilled professionals raised in the concept of medical technology has never been more paramount. This century very few health institutions are not embracing it. There are therefore vast opportunities of further career development in this field especially since the special fields of medical practices are very diverse. Further studies may be undertaken in any of the many fields of Biomedical technology and engineering to a Bachelor of technology degree.

Demand for Medical Engineering graduates continues to grow as more health institutions embrace advanced technology. Our survey shows that it is not easy to find an unemployed graduate in Kenya today.
The course duration is 2970 hours. The course is organized in three stages, each stage has 990 hours.


Assessment will be continuous throughout the course with internal examination being conducted at
KIAS. Statements of results for these internal exams to the trainee will be issued.
The external and summertude examination will be offered by the Kenya National Examination Council for the Diploma in Medical Engineering.
Entry requirements

Trainees entering this course should have any of the following minimum requirements:-

  • Passed a relevant craft course
  • Passed KCSE with an average grade of C- and in addition a minimum grade of C- and in each of the following subjects:-
    English, Mathematics, Biology, Biological sciences, Chemistry or physical science


Internal Examinations

Every year, there will be at the end of (stage 1, stage 2 and stage 3) an internal examination set and marked by the Kenya Institute of Applied Sciences. For every stage there will be awarded results in every subject offered

External Examinations


The external examiner will be the Kenya National Examination Council.

Examinable Subjects

Stage One

  1. Mathematics
  2. Communication skills & social studies
  3. Mechanical engineering and physical science
  4. Electrical engineering science
  5. Engineering drawing
  6. Workshop technology and practice
  7. Human anatomy and physiology
  8. Hospital engineering 

Stage Two

  1. Mathematics
  2. Electronics
  3. Hospital engineering
  4. Clinical engineering
  5. Computer application
  6. Industrial organization and management
  7. Project

Stage Three

  1. Mathematics
  2. Electronics
  3. Hospital engineering
  4. Clinical engineering I
  5. Clinical engineering II
  6. Industrial organization