Learn to maintain and repair medical equipment used throughout the healthcare industry in an 8 month, hands-on program aimed at preparing you for a career in biomedical technology.

8 Months

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Part-Campus, Part-Online

BIOMEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

Program Overview

The Biomedical Technology program is an accelerated 8 month training program designed to prepare you for entry-level employment as a biomedical equipment technician (BMET) or related professions. The program covers a broad spectrum of medical equipment found throughout medical centers and hospitals, including patient monitors, infusion pumps, ventilators, and much more. BMET’s are vital in supporting the healthcare industry by regularly servicing the medical devices used by healthcare providers every day.

The program is composed of 7, 5-week modules (8 months total). Courses are offered during evening hours starting around 5pm or 6pm with most courses scheduled between Mondays-Thursdays*. For details and start dates, please contact the Admissions Office or request for information.

The Biomedical Technology program is offered in the following formats:


BLENDED (PART-CAMPUS/PART-ONLINE)
Some courses are offered on-campus (in-person) whereas others are offered online. Courses containing substantial hands-on labs are generally those offered on-campus utilizing SCIT’s instructional lab facilities.


* Some courses may start after 6pm. Some courses may have a Friday session.

Biomedical Program Curriculum

The program's curriculum is designed for students to build their knowledge and skills toward entering the biomed field. They begin with fundamental concepts in electronics and human physiology; they then move towards the function and operation of medical devices; finally, they inspect and troubleshoot medical devices. Students are also introduced to computer hardware and networking principles, which BMET's also have come to use in the field as more medical devices operate by connecting to computer networks.

Click on the course topics below to learn more. Please refer to the catalog for a detailed list of course codes, titles and units.

Students learn about basic electrical theory and electronic circuits. Topics include: AC/DC concepts, circuit elements and analysis, semiconductor electronic concepts, digital electronic concepts, op-amps, and more. Students work on multiple electronic projects that reinforce concepts learned in the classroom.

Students are introduced to the systems comprising the human body by emphasizing physiological mechanics and an overall understanding of human anatomy.

Students study PC hardware components. They also work on the current operating system administration of workstation computers.

Students are introduced to the operations and maintenance procedures of medical devices. Topics include: medical equipment safety, regulation/code and standards, preventative maintenance procedures, and equipment inventory management.

Students are introduced to methods and standard practices of inspecting and troubleshooting a variety of medical equipment, including: patient monitors, PCA infusion pumps, IV pumps, syringe pumps, sequential compression devices (SCD), defibrillators, electrocardiographs (ECG/EKG), blood warmers, electro-surgery units, anesthesia machines, ventilators, fetal monitors, and more.

About the BMET Field

BMETs play a vital role in patient care through the inspection, maintenance and repair of measuring, recording and monitoring devices. These life-saving devices include infusion pumps, patient monitoring systems, cardiac defibrillators, ventilators, and more. BMETs may also train healthcare providers in the proper usage of equipments and provide technical advice on the purchase of new medical instruments. Career titles include biomedical equipment technicians (BMET), medical equipment repairers, and medical device technicians.

The following skills usually make for successful BMETs:

  • Technical Skills: A person working in biomedical technology will spend most of their day working with medical equipment. Equipment and standards frequently change, and a person should be comfortable always learning new career skills.
  • Analytical Skills: Industry professionals work on technology that requires workers to read and understand what medical instruments are showing them.
  • Communication Skills: Many biomedical technology professionals regularly work with medical staff; good communication is a must in this field.
  • Attention to Detail: When biomedical professionals are repairing medical devices, they often use complicated technical manuals to guide them through the process; strong attention to detail is a must.

Key Program
TOPICS

The following are some key topics studied in the Biomedical Technology program:

Study foundational electrical theory and electronic circuit concepts to gain an understanding of the inner workings of electronic based medical devices.

Study the operating principles of various medical devices used throughout the healthcare industry such as those found in a hospitals ER, ICU, OR and more.

Conduct preventative maintenance procedures for a range of medical equipment in order to ensure they meet all operational and safety requirements.

B.S. Biomedical Engineering Degree Opportunities

Students may have the opportunity to continue their education toward a degree to open further career opportunities.

Biomedical Career Pathway

Start by completing the Biomedical Technology program and find entry level employment in the BMET field. Work in the field while pursuing a B.S. Biomedical Engineering degree in the evenings. At the end you will have a diploma, a degree and work experience.

Learn more about BSBE program.

Degree Topics Include: Digital Electronics, Semiconductors and Circuits, Programming, MATLAB, Signal Analysis, Embedded Systems, Robotic Engineering, Biomedical Imaging and Image Processing, Digital Signal Processing, Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Senior Capstone Project and much more.

Support to Reach Your Goals

The Student Services and Career Services Offices support you on your educational path to greater career opportunities.

Academic Support: Advisement, academic monitoring, tutoring, and more...

Career Support: Resume assistance, career workshops, job leads, and more...

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