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Course Description

Biomedical Engineering Technology - BMET 125

Laser Safety Concepts (3-0) 3 Cr. Hrs.

Course Description

This course has been designed as a basic introduction to medical applications in laser fundamentals and safety. Students will study the three properties of laser light: monochromatic, directionality and coherency. Biomedical concerns of laser hazards involving the eye, skin, toxicity, electrical and fire will be covered. Types of site and skin damages that can occur when exposed to laser wavelength will be explored. Laser system hazards classifications and safety standards will be reviewed in addressing potential hazards, necessary safety restrictions and specified laser classifications based on American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z136.3 Standard along with relevant Federal Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as well as relevant State of Michigan requirements.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • BMET 116 .
  • MATH 53 or minimum score of 19 ACT-Math, 25 SAT-Math, 78 CPT-Elementary Algebra or 250 NGA-Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain laser hazards associated with laser surgery.
  • Explain the effects of eye damage from different laser radiation types.
  • Explain precautions taken to guard patients and staff from damaging effects from laser exposure.
  • Explain tissue reaction to laser therapy.
  • Explain properties of laser light.
  • Explain criteria used to identify lasers used in modern surgery.
  • Explain the essential components of a medical laser system.
  • Explain equipment settings associated with medical lasers.
  • Explain smoke hazards associated with medical laser procedures.

Course Schedule

Currently no sections of this class are being offered.