With the ever-increasing need for advanced technology in health care comes a greater demand for professionals who can evaluate, repair, install and manage biomedical equipment. Biomedical Equipment Technicians are responsible for maintaining equipment used by health professionals and by scientists and engineers who research illnesses and diseases. Types of biomedical equipment include cardiac monitors, electrocardiographs, blood gas analyzers, x-ray units and anesthesia apparatus.
A two-year associate degree is required, accompanied by continuing education to maintain skills that keep pace with the rapid advances in technology. Certification is not required, but may lead to higher earning potential. Candidates can earn certification as a certified biomedical equipment technician (CBET) by successfully passing a national exam and meeting the education and experience requirements. Many associate degree programs can prepare you for more education through a bachelor’s degree and beyond.
- Alabama State University
- Jefferson State Community College
- University of Alabama at Birmingham – Department of Biomedical Engineering
- Wallace State Community College – Hanceville