Students are trained to work in the Healthcare Technology Management field as biomedical equipment technicians, more commonly known as BMETs. They test the performance and operating characteristics of medical electronic/electro-mechanical equipment of moderate to high complexity to ensure compliance with established performance and safety standards. Graduates are qualified to maintain equipment found in hospitals and medical centers.
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|Biomedical Equipment Technology
A.A.S. Degree – 70 credits
|Biomedical Equipment Technology
Certificate – 27 credits
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BMETs find employment with hospitals, clinics, universities, equipment manufacturers and contract service providers. They generally work indoors and some travel may be required. BMETs work with medical professionals at all levels to assure the safe and effective use of sophisticated electronic medical devices.
The job outlook for BMETs is excellent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to grow by 31 percent between 2010 and 2020. The aging of U.S. population will largely drive this growth. It will increase the demand for medical care in coming decades. BMETs are rarely laid off or outsourced and enjoy excellent job security.
Top workplaces for BMETs include hospitals and medical equipment suppliers. Demand is greatest for BMETs with Associate’s degrees in biomedical engineering or biomedical equipment technology. Technicians also improve their employment opportunities by relocating to shortage areas (particularly rural areas).
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for BMETs in May 2010 was $44,500. The highest 10 percent earned more than $70,260 per year.
Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:
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The Biomedical Equipment Technology program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student successes as well as the accomplishments of our instructors.
As a student in DCTC's Biomedical Equipment Technology program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the BMET industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization for students at community and technical colleges across the U.S. The organization focuses on students in academic programs that lead to careers in the trade, industrial, technical and health care fields. Nearly 100 SkillsUSA competitions at the state and national levels relate to leadership skills or programs of study at DCTC.
In 2012, DCTC fielded four national champions at the SkillsUSA National Championships at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. For more information about the competition, read "Students Dominate SkillsUSA Championships" in Real Magazine, a DCTC publication.
In 2013, DCTC fielded 17 students at the nationals who ranked in the top 15 in the nation. For more information about the competition, read "DCTC Students Rock at SkillsUSA Nationals" on DCTC News.