Prospective students can enroll in certificate or associate's degree programs designed for aspiring medical instrument technicians. These programs are usually available through community colleges, technical colleges and even some 4-year universities. In some cases, supervised on-the-job training is the only education necessary for medical instrument technicians who work on simpler pieces of medical equipment.
Here is an outline of common concepts taught in medical instrument technician courses:
- Monitoring technology
- Troubleshooting equipment
- Clinical laboratory procedures
- Equipment maintenance and repair
- Circuitry systems
- Problem-solving skills
- Machine physiology
List of Common Courses
Biomedical Measurements Course
Students in this introductory course learn how to accurately obtain measurements from the human body. Additionally, students study the repair, analysis and troubleshooting of therapeutic and diagnostic equipment. Students study monitors, amplifiers, electrodes and recorders.
Biomedical Equipment and Instruments Course
This class is dedicated to the study of the equipment found in medical research facilities and clinical laboratories. Participants learn the medical applications of instruments and equipment, along with a variety of troubleshooting techniques. The course also focuses on such topics as electrocardiographs and instrumentation amplifiers.
Fundamentals of Biomedical Equipment Technology Course
Fundamental topics studied in this course include medical terminology, human anatomy, physiology and physics. The laboratory portion of the course exposes students to the practical aspects of preventive maintenance and repair of medical equipment.
Advanced Clinical Laboratory Science Course
The function of clinical laboratory instruments and the development of problem-solving techniques are emphasized in this course. Microbiology and clinical chemistry are explored. Students receive instruction in the use of hematological devices, including coagulation analyzers, centrifuges and blood cell analyzers.
Clinical Laboratory Equipment Technician Electronics Course
In this course, students examine the equipment used in a clinical laboratory setting. They analyze applied electronics within the laboratory. Among the topics studied are circuitry, computers and sensors.