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 meets 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.
Admission Requirements for the Biomedical Equipment Technology program:
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.
The DOL's Occupational Outlook Handbook states, "Medical equipment and precision instrument and equipment repairers normally work daytime hours, but are often expected to be on call. Still, like other hospital and factory employees, some repairers work irregular hours. Precision instrument repairers work under a wide array of conditions, from hot, dirty, noisy factories, to air-conditioned workshops, to the outdoors on fieldwork. 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).
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.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, " Employment of medical equipment repairers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Greater demand for healthcare services and the use of increasingly complex medical equipment will drive employment growth. Those who have an associate’s degree in biomedical equipment technology or engineering should have the best job opportunities."
To learn more information about Careers in the Biomedical Equipment Technology field, visit CCC&TI's Career Coach site for the following program: