Biomedical Equipment Technology
The Biomedical Equipment Technology program prepares individuals to install, operate, troubleshoot, and repair sophisticated devices and instrumentation used in the health care delivery system. Emphasis is placed on preventive and safety inspections to ensure biomedical equipment meet local and national safety standards.
The coursework in the program provides a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, electronics, anatomy and physiology and troubleshooting techniques. Some courses will include job experience and job shadowing, as well as people skills and communication, both in written and oral form.
Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in hospitals, clinics, clinical laboratories, shared service organizations, and manufacturers' field service. With an AAS degree and two years experience, individuals should be able to become a certified Biomedical Equipment Technician.
CCC&TI offers the following educational programs in this area:
Courses in the BMET program are taught during the day and evening, and some courses are available through Distance Learning.
The rapidly expanding healthcare industry and elderly population should spark demand for increasingly sophisticated medical equipment and, in turn, create good employment opportunities in this occupation.
Attention to safety is essential, as the work sometimes involves dangerous machinery or toxic chemicals. Due to the individualized nature of the work, supervision is fairly minimal.
Review the Labor Statistics Report for Medical Equipment Repairers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor website).