Coursework for aspiring medical equipment repairers and technicians can be found in associate degree programs in medical equipment technology and engineering and biomedical equipment technology. Individual continuing education courses can also be found at community and technical colleges and universities and can cover topics such as medical equipment applications or equipment instrumentation. Some courses in a medical equipment repair program may be available in an online learning format while others may require a hands-on laboratory component.
Medical equipment repair courses usually cover:
- Basic human biology
- How medical electronics and equipment function
- Correct usage for equipment
- Medical regulations
- Troubleshooting and repair techniques
List of Courses
Applied Human Biology Course
This course offers an overview of basic human anatomy and physiology, and provides students with the medical terminology necessary to become medical equipment technicians. The course focuses attention on commonly analyzed issues and procedures to help students build a vocabulary necessary for effective communication in a hospital environment.
Clinical Laboratory Equipment Course
This course introduces students to clinical laboratory instruments and provides the necessary skills to operate and support basic laboratory equipment. The curriculum emphasizes devices that are currently used in clinical chemistry, hematology and microbiology. These devices include laboratory centrifuges, micro-hematocrit centrifuges, sensors, physiological signals, immunochemistry analyzers and co-oximetry machines. Students also overview patient safety procedures and regulations associated with the devices.
Medical Electronics Course
Students in this course gain an overview of the electronics used in medical technology. The course covers topics in imaging and monitoring systems, sensors, physiological signs and therapeutic devices found in various hospital settings. Students in the course also discuss new developments in medical technology.
Electronics for the Clinical Laboratory Equipment Technician Course
This course offers an in-depth look at the electronic equipment used in a modern day clinical laboratory setting. Students discuss and learn to operate clinical laboratory electronic devices and computers while learning to perform troubleshooting procedures and test for circuit errors and effectiveness. After completing this course, students should have a fundamental understanding of active, passive and digital electronic clinical laboratory electronics.
Codes, Regulations and Patient Safety Course
Students are introduced to the safety establishments and regulations that guide medical equipment standards in modern day practice. Students become familiar with major organizations and standards set by the FDA, CLIA and JCAHO. The coursework offers students a chance to examine and identify cases where various regulations for medical equipment in a clinical environment have not been met.