A number of community colleges host medical equipment repair certificate programs. These programs are open to applicants who have a high school diploma or GED. Programs might go by such alternate names as biomedical equipment technician or biomedical equipment and information systems technology. Curriculum primarily addresses electronic systems, but hydraulic, pneumatic, and mechanical systems are also covered. Respirators, kidney dialysis equipment, sonography units, and MRI and CT scanners are among the machines students may learn to service. A certificate can be earned in 1-2 years.
Medical Equipment Repair Certification
Certificate programs generally don't have a liberal arts component, but some give students the option to take courses in English and math if they aren't already prerequisites. Schools may require that students maintain a minimum grade point average (such as 2.0) in a program's core courses to earn the certificate. Courses bearing on medical equipment repair might include the following topics:
- Electricity and electronics fundamentals
- Analog and digital circuits
- Technical math
- Electronics assembly and testing
- Biomedical electronics introduction and instruments
- Imaging systems
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), employment opportunities for medical equipment repairers are expected to increase 6% during the 2014-2024 decade. Medical equipment repairers earned a median annual salary of $46,340 per year as of May 2015.
Medical equipment repairers can obtain certification from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation by passing its certified biomedical equipment technician examination. However, candidates who don't have an associate degree need four years of work experience to be eligible for the exam. Candidates who have an associate degree need only two years of work experience. In most cases, credits earned in a certificate program can be applied toward an associate degree. Some schools have both certificate and associate degree programs.
People with technical aptitude, a talent for problem solving, and the emotional stability to work under pressure are strong candidates to become certified medical equipment repairers.
Graduates of a certificate program in medical equipment repair are prepared to work in the field. They may go on to gain professional certification or an undergraduate degree.