Students interested in repairing hospital equipment for a living can find training programs at community colleges, vocational institutes and technical schools across the country. These programs are offered at the certificate and associate's degree level.
Schools with Hospital Equipment Repair Programs
A list of community colleges and technical schools offering programs in biomedical equipment repair:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees
|Pearl River Community College||Poplarville, MS||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state: $2,855; Out-of-state: $5,253|
|Jefferson State Community College||Birmingham, AL||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state: $4,380; Out-of-state: $7,830|
|Los Angeles Valley College||Valley Glen, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state: $1,220; Out-of-state: $7,016|
|Dakota County Technical College||Rosemount, MN||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$5,713|
|Bates Technical College||Tacoma, WA||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state: $3,681; Out-of-state: $8,676|
|Delgado Community College||New Orleans, LA||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state: $3,911; Out-of-state: $8,676|
|Spokane Community College||Spokane, WA||2-year, Public||Certificate and Associate's||In-state: $3,388; Out-of-State: $8,726|
|Texas State Technical College||Waco, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state: $4,386; Out-of-state: $9,660|
|San Jacinto College||Pasadena, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district: $1,408; In-state: $2,416; Out-of-state: $3,688|
Sources:*National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for hospital equipment repair schools:
- Since biomedical equipment repair or technology programs are available at the certificate and associate's degree levels, students should consider career goals, and how much time and money they want to invest in a program.
- While programs generally offer both classroom and lab-based work, some schools additionally include supervised work or internship experiences in the required biomedical equipment repair curriculum.
- Some programs also specifically prepare students to take certification exams such as the one offered by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.
Certificate in Biomedical Equipment Technology
Certificate programs in medical equipment technology may include coursework in fundamental areas such as basic electronics, microprocessors, digital circuits and biomedical instrumentation. Students are usually required to participate in internships.
Associate's Degree in Biomedical Equipment Technology or Biomedical Equipment Repair
These programs require general education coursework in science and math. The biomedical equipment coursework includes technology- and healthcare-related courses like circuits, networking technologies, medical terminology and hospital safety. Students may also be required to participate in supervised work experiences.
Individuals interested in pursuing a career in biomedical equipment repair will most likely find programs at their local community colleges, where they can either earn an associate's degree or certificate. Programs that offer hands-on training and internships offer valuable experience that will be helpful in their career.