Hospital Equipment Repair Training and Education Program Overviews

Dec 05, 2019

Students who are interested in repairing hospital equipment should consider schools that offer programs in biomedical technology. These programs provide training in how to maintain and troubleshoot the technology commonly found in healthcare settings, such as defibrillators and electrocardiogram machines. For aspiring biomedical technicians, many certificate and associate's degree programs are available.

Most programs in biomedical technology are available through community colleges and technical schools; however, programs can be found at 4-year colleges and universities as well. Students seeking entry-level technician training may wish to focus their search on accredited certificate and associate's degree programs.

Schools with Biomedical Technology Programs

These institutions offer biomedical technology programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2018-2019)*
American River College Sacramento, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,104; Out-of-state $8,712
Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $2,830; Out-of-state $8,952
Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $4,079; Out-of-state $8,368
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Cincinnati, OH 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $4,126; Out-of-state $8,026
City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,696; Out-of-state $10,372
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Associate's In-state $2,878; Out-of-state $9,992
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Associate's In-state $2,838; Out-of-state $9,661
Pasadena City College Pasadena, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,166; Out-of-state $7,548
Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO 2-year, Public Certificate In-district $3,315; In-state $4,725; Out-of-state $6,465

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

Before choosing a program, students should consider a number of factors.

  • In learning how to maintain and repair hospital equipment, such as cardiac monitors, IV pumps, X-ray machines and ultrasound equipment, a school should offer both classroom instruction and practical knowledge of the equipment.
  • Students may want to consider schools with active job placement programs and connections with local medical facilities.
  • Opportunities to become active in local or national biomedical associations may be available through the school, which can help students network with hospital employers as well as apply for professional certification after training is complete.
  • A certificate program focuses on practical requirements, while associate's degree programs are longer to incorporate general education classes.

Certificate of Completion in Biomedical Technology

Certificate programs take about one year to complete and are designed to give students the training necessary to obtain an entry-level position at hospitals as biomedical equipment and device technicians. Coursework is field-focused and doesn't include general education classes. Many of the classes include lab work. There may be an internship at a local hospital or biomedical device manufacturer.

Associate of Applied Science in Biomedical Technology

A 2-year associate's degree program in biomedical technology combines the practical study of biomedical devices with principles of electronics and computer science. Aside from general education requirements, it also provides repair training on specific devices such as oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, electro-surgical analyzers and defibrillators. This degree also has required lab work for most of its courses and sometimes also has a required internship.

A career in hospital equipment and repair requires a minimum of one year of postsecondary study towards a certificate in biomedical technology. It is also possible to complete an associate's or bachelor's degree before entering this career field.

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