Biomedical Technology Program
SCIT's biomedical technology program is 8 months. It trains students how to troubleshoot and repair electronics biomedical instruments and equipment commonly found in the healthcare industry. The goal of the program is to prepare graduates for employment as entry-level biomedical equipment technicians (BMET’s), medical device repairers, or related fields.
- 8 MONTHS
- LAB-BASED TRAINING
Half Lecture, Half Lab Projects
Train to be a BMET by Working on Projects in Labs
Students inspect and repair medical devices in SCIT’s Biomedical Instrumentation Lab (medLAB). This hands-on biomedical technician training gives students career building skills. The lab has over 300 medical devices donated and acquired from medical centers and hospitals.
SCIT BIOMEDICAL INSTRUMENTATIONS LAB
Students learn to inspect and repair real medical devices found in the healthcare industry
Students learn about biomedical technology by:
- Learning about the operation and inspection procedures for devices through lectures; and
- Taking these learned procedures into the medLAB. Here students work on and troubleshoot medical electronics in a hands-on environment.
The combination of classroom and lab hours gives students the skills needed to begin a career in the healthcare technology industry.
The medLab contains multiple types of devices used in hospitals and medical centers such as
infusion pumps, defibrillators, ultrasound machines, patient monitoring systems, and more.
The Biomedical Instrumentation Lab simulates a medical repair shop. Students are assigned to workbenches and use a variety of tools to disassemble, troubleshoot, and repair medical devices. Some of the electronic-based medical devices that students work on include:
- Patient monitoring systems
- Infusion Pumps
- Cardiac defibrillators
- Ultrasound Machines
- Neonatal Equipment
- And much more...
Biomedical Training Courses
The courses in the program are designed to help students build their knowledge and skills of the biomedical technology industry. 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 basic computer hardware and software principles. These skills have come to be in high demand in the roles BMET’s play.
The main course topics covered in the program are as follows:
- Electricity and Electronic Fundamentals: Students learn about basic electrical theory and electronic circuits. Topics include: AC/DC concepts, electrical mathematics, circuit elements, semiconductor electronic concepts, digital electronic concepts, logic gates, op-amps, and more. Students work on multiple electronic projects building out circuits that perform set functions.
- Human Anatomy and Physiology: Students are introduced to the systems comprising the human body by emphasizing physiological mechanics and an overall understanding of human anatomy.
- Computer Hardware Fundamentals: Students study PC hardware components. They also work on the current operating system administration of workstation computers.
- Biomedical Instrumentation: 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.
- Biomedical Troubleshooting: Students are introduced to methods and standard practices of troubleshooting medical equipment. Topics include: equipment handling, understanding and using technical manuals, proper usage of tools, and methods to isolate and diagnose problems in electronic circuits.
Should I Work in Biomedical Technology?
A career in biomedical technology isn't for everyone. You will need to have the following skills to be successful:
- 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.
Graduates of the Biomedical Technology program may be able to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering (BSBE). Courses completed in the Biomedical Technology program are transferable to the Biomedical Engineering program at SCIT. Degree courses are offered in the evenings. This allows students to work as a biomedical equipment technician (or similar role) during the day. A job in the field while pursuing a degree helps students gain working experience. Students are encouraged to learn if a bachelor’s degree can help advance their career in the healthcare technology field.
Near graduation, students begin to work with the SCIT Career Services Office. Career Services helps students create resumes, prepare for interviews, and pursue leads from employers who recruit from SCIT. Each graduate is assigned a career services advisor. The advisor works directly with the graduate to help find employment opportunities that are within the scope of the graduates' career goals.
The Career Services Office works closely with students to pursue job opportunities; however, SCIT does not in any way guarantee placement. Students interested in the Biomedical Technology program are encouraged to research and learn more about the biomedical technology field to make sure it is right for them.
Companies Who Have Hired SCIT Biomedical Technology Graduates
SCIT Biomedical Technology graduates have found employment in many companies in the healthcare industry, including medical centers and hospitals. Some include: Aramark, COAG Biomedical, Davita Dialysis, Grifols USA, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Nihon Kohden America, Renovo Solutions, St Jude Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center - Harbor, VA Medical Center, and much more.