Courses Biomedical Equip. Technology — A.A.S Degree 69 credits Biomedical Equip. Technology — Certificate 26 credits Major Description This program prepares individuals for employment as Biomedical Equipment Technicians (BMETs). Students will learn to maintain life support equipment found in hospitals, medical centers and research laboratories.
Nature of Work BMET's inspect, calibrate, maintain and repair diagnostic, monitoring, therapeutic and life-saving equipment. BMETs can find employment with hospitals, clinics, universities, equipment manufacturers and contract service providers. BMETs work closely with physicians, nurses, scientists, healthcare technicians and administrators to assure the safe and effective use of sophisticated electronic medical devices.
Career Opportunities Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (MDEED) projects a 25 percent increase for medical equipment repairer positions per year in Minnesota from 2000 to 2010. MDEED projects good opportunities for electronic and electrical engineering technician positions available in Minnesota. The average annual salary was $52,441 for electronic and electrical engineering technicians in Minnesota in the first quarter of 2005.
Program Delivery Students can begin general education courses any semester, however, the technical courses begin in the Fall semester only. BMET courses are offered evenings and weekends.
Advanced Standing Previous college courses, certification, licensure and training may be considered for credit in the major. The responsibility for seeking credit rests with the student and can be initiated by completing the course SMGT2950 Prior Experiential Learning Portfolio Development (1 elective credit).
Student Outcomes Graduates of the program will be prepared for employment in the equipment repair field, specializing in medical equipment. Students will be able to test the performance and operating characteristics of medical electronic/electro-mechanical equipment of moderate complexity to ensure compliance with established performance and safety standards. Students will be able to document the results of equipment safety/performance evaluations. Students will be able to diagnose problems and perform corrective repair work and/or calibration as required on medical electronic/electro-mechanical equipment of moderate complexity. Students will be able to document actions required to correct equipment malfunctions.
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