How to Choose a Biomedical Equipment Technology School

Community colleges, technical schools and 4-year colleges and universities offer biomedical equipment technology programs. When choosing a program, there are several factors to consider.

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In biomedical equipment technology programs, students learn how to install, calibrate, maintain and repair medical devices of all kinds, including defibrillators, operating tables and more. While the common entry-level requirement for this career is an associate's degree, a certificate may be acceptable for some positions. A bachelor's degree may open more career opportunities.

Biomedical Equipment Technology Schools

Biomedical equipment technician programs are available at these institutions.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition* (2015-2016)
Aims Community College Greeley, CO 2-year, Public Associate's $1,835 in-district; $2,756 In-state; $10,424 Out-of-state
Brown Mackie College Birmingham, AL 4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit Associate's $12,672 In-state
Devry University New York, NY 4-year, Private for-profit Bachelor's $19,568 In-state
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Associate's $2,834 In-state; $9,661 Out-of-state
Texas State Technical College Waco, TX 2-year, Public Associate's $4,386 In-state; $9,660 Out-of-state
Los Angeles Valley College Valley Glen, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,220 In-state; $7,016 Out-of-state
City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,598 In-state; $7,554 Out-of-state
Gaston College Dallas, NC 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,562 In-state; $8,708 Out-of-state
Bates Technical College Tacoma, WA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,681 In-state; $8,676 Out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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School Selection Criteria

When choosing a biomedical equipment technology school there are a number of things to keep in mind.

  • Prospective students should look for schools that have clean and spacious labs with all the major types of modern equipment, as well as wireless and voice-control activated pieces for students to work on.
  • Students should compare class sizes and student-to-faculty ratios among schools. Easy access to biomedical program faculty can ensure students master the appropriate skills.
  • The program curriculum should have room for internships or other work-study elements that provide close work supervision, hands-on experience and valuable academic credit.
  • School departments should have good working relationships with local hospitals, clinics, health care centers or equipment manufacturers so that work-study locations are readily available and locally accessible.

Associate's Degree Programs

Associate's degree programs for biomedical equipment technology typically require 24 months to complete. They have several general education courses as part of the curriculum. These include written and oral communications, mathematics and humanities, as well as lab and social science. Programs also typically include an internship or practicum.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Students who choose the bachelor's degree option should anticipate a 4-year completion time. Programs may go by an alternative title of biomedical engineering technology. Programs include an extensive group of general education courses such as English composition, humanities, advanced mathematics, social science and lab sciences, including physics, chemistry and anatomy and physiology. Admission to a bachelor's degree program requires satisfactory completion of a high school diploma or GED, admissible scores from an ACT or SAT exam, and letters of recommendation.

Choosing a biomedical technology school begins with determining which program level suits your long-term goals, as the options vary from certificates to associate's and bachelor's degrees. Students should also consider hands-on experience opportunities and each school's lab facilities.

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