Becoming a Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET)
How to Become a Biomedical Technician
A biomedical technician is a professional who maintains and repairs medical equipment and makes sure they are safe and operational at hospitals, doctors offices, at manufacturing facilities, or even major biomedical companies such as Stryker, Johnson and Johnson, and Zimmer.
Find out what biomedical technician's job entails .Decide if these sound like things you are willing to do on a daily basis.
- Works hands-on with machines and use them on patients
- Train medical professionals in using equipment
- Use tools and computer applications to repair medical equipment
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Take as many science and math courses in high school as you can.BMT education requires a strong foundation in those fields.
- Minimum one year biology, chemistry, and physics. Advanced sciences preferred.
- Geometry, trigonometry, advanced algebra, and pre-calculus.
- Computer programming course
Do well in high school.A lot of the BMT programs you will apply to for college require higher math and science GPAs so make sure to do your best in high school courses to give yourself more options when applying for college.
Research the job.Check the market for job growth and estimated salaries and if jobs are available in a location you would like to be in .
Plan the best route of education and training for you.
- The minimum requirement to be a BMT is obtaining a 2 year Associate degree in biomedical equipment technology or other related fields such as electronics or different fields of engineering. A Bachelor's or a Master's degree in biomedical engineering or related fields also qualify. Although work experience is generally more appealing to an employer than further education, many companies are starting to require at least a Bachelor's degree for its employees.
- One year of training is offered while in the military.
- When you decide on a school (college or university) that fits your needs best, check if it is accredited by the American Board of Engineering and Technology or check here . These schools are held to a standard of excellence academically and ensure to students achieve their full potential.
Apply to 3 or 4 schools that you choose to make sure you have a safety net as well as options on where you want to pursue your degree.Go on the school's site and locate the application that, depending on the school, can either be filled out online or has to be printed and mailed in.
- Some schools require secondary applications into the major, even after admission into the school. Find information about your specific program or major on the school's website and fill out and submit any additional documents required.
Take a course load that is heavy in math and science in college.BMT, being a highly competitive filed, requires understanding of complex mechanics of various medical equipment and therefore the fundamentals of core math and science should be covered. Click on link to find a detailed list of recommended courses.
Look for internships and other training opportunities while in college.Ask professors if they are conducting any research and show your interest in their work. Get involved in collegiate communities related to your field, they will help you build connections and find job opportunities. There are also special BMT training programs such as Fluke Biomedical . Employers highly value experience in the field over the title of your degree or the school you earned your degree from.
Check which exams you are required to take by your college or for the job position you want. Register for these exams in the time you need to take them. You have to retake the exam after the term is over. Go to www.eta-i.org for a complete list. Important ones are listed below:
- Biomedical Electronics Technicians Exam (BMD) - , 4 year term
- Biomedical Imaging Equipment Technician Exam (BIET) - , 4 year term
Apply to get certified appropriately for the position you want.Certification is optional, but strongly recommended and what employers prioritize. To earn certificates, a candidate must meet education and work experience requirements and pass a computer-based exam. Certification needs to be renewed on after the term is over by continuing education. Go to the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation [www.aami.org/] for a list of certifications, fees, and exam schedules and to apply for the exams. The application fee for any exam is 0. Important certifications offered are:
- Certified Biomedical Technician (CBET) - 0 (members); 5 (non-members)
- Certified Laboratory Equipment Specialist (CLES) - 0 (members); 5 (non-members)
- Certified Radiology Equipment Specialist (CRES) - 0 (members); 5 (non-members)
- Attend conferences and job fairs that will allow you to have direct contact with potential employers.
- Create a Linkedin account and update your resume. Have a professional online presence that will allow common connections and employers to find you.
- Become a member of the professional organizations like the Medical Equipment and Technology Association or the Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation . It also helps BMTs connect with other professionals.
Get a job!The final step is to acquire a job within the field.
- Pinpoint a company you would like to work for and explore their Careers page. Companies list job descriptions and locations they are hiring for. Look into different companies and find one that meets your needs and qualifications. Other helpful websites to look at are monster.com, and indeed.com.
- Take AP courses in high school. It will put you one step ahead in college.
Sources and Citations
- How to Become a Biomedical Technician. Innerbody.com, n.d. Web. 4 Nov. 2013. .
- "Journeyman Certifications." Electronics Technicians Association. ETA International, n.d. Web. 4 Nov. 2013. .
- "Medical Equipment Repairers." Bureau of Labor Statistics. United States Department of Labor, n.d. Web. 4 Nov. 2013.
- "Designing a Career in Biomedical Engineering." Embs.org. Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, n.d. Web. 4 Nov. 2013. .
- "About Certification." AAMI: ICC/USCC Certification. Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, n.d. Web. 4 Nov. 2013. .
- "Frequently Asked Questions." AAMI: ICC/USCC Certification. Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, n.d. Web. 4 Nov. 2013. .
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