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Biomedical Equipment Technology

 

The technical curriculum of this program will take place at Erie Institute of Technology in Erie, Pa. The technical curriculum will account for 28 to a maximum of 30 credits. In addition to the technical curriculum, students will complete 35 credits of core curriculum courses to complete the requirements of the Associate of Applied Science degree from Clarion University.

Health care professionals rely on an array of critical electronic devices to diagnose and provide medical care for their patients. With lives at stake, the proper operation of this equipment is vital.

What is a Biomedical Equipment Technician?

Medical equipment repairers, also known as biomedical equipment technicians, maintain, adjust, calibrate, and repair a wide variety of electronic, electromechanical, and hydraulic equipment used in hospitals and other medical environments, including health practitioners' offices. They may work on patient monitors, defibrillators, medical imaging equipment (x rays, CAT scanners, and ultrasound equipment), voice-controlled operating tables, and electric wheelchairs, as well as other sophisticated dental, optometric, and ophthalmic equipment.

Employment Opportunities

Biomedical Equipment Technician
Medical Equipment Repairer
Hospital Equipment Technician
Biomedical Service Engineer
Imaging Equipment Technician
Medical Equipment Installer

Job Outlook

The following job prospect information is provided by the Bureau of Labor & Statistics. This information reflects national projections made for 2008-2018.

Medical equipment repairers are projected to grow much faster than average between 2008 and 2018.

Employment of medical equipment repairers is expected to grow 27 percent over the 2008-18 decade, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. As the proportion of people in older age groups will grow faster than the total population between 2008 and 2018, demand for overall healthcare will increase. Increased demand for healthcare services and increasing complexity of the medical equipment used in hospitals and by private practitioners will result in a greater need for repairers. For example, a growing number of hospital diagnostic, electro-medical, and patient monitoring equipment including CAT scans, electrocardiogram, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, and x-ray machines, as well as hospital furniture, such as full electric beds and wheelchairs, will all need to be maintained and repaired. Additionally, machines used by private practitioners and technicians to diagnose and treat are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and will further spur growth of medical equipment repairers.

AAS-IT Curriculum Checksheet