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How to Become a Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET)

What Does a Biomedical Equipment Technician Do?

BMET repairing microcircuit

Biomedical technicians contribute enormously to successful patient outcomes in healthcare by inspecting, repairing, calibrating and designing medical equipment that grows more advanced and vital all the time. Also called biomeds, biomedical engineers and biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs) are professionals who have worked diligently for the past several decades in an area of medicine where science fiction becomes fact and present meets future.

Their profession continually proves to be one of the most dynamic and exciting in healthcare. Their impact? Profound. From electric wheelchairs to nuclear imaging devices and surgical robots, BMETs ensure the safety and proper functioning of medical equipment on which patients and healthcare professionals rely in order to achieve safe, accurate diagnosis and successful treatment.

BMETs use their technological expertise to prevent mechanical and computer errors that could harm patients or lead providers to the wrong diagnosis. They also set up preventative maintenance programs to keep equipment running and prevent life-threatening breakdowns.

Many facilities consult biomeds when choosing new machines and planning for the future. These technicians train medical professionals to use equipment safely and effectively. Hospitals depend on BMETs in order to meet local, state and federal regulations governing the use of medical equipment.

Some BMETs are generalists who work with a multitude of machines, while others specialize in a narrower area such as imaging or laboratory devices.

Workplace Details

Biomedical technicians work in a variety of environments. Many are employed by hospitals and health systems. Others work in the supply end of the industry at medical equipment retail centers or wholesalers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 14 percent of BMETs were self-employed as of 2014, a slight increase from 2010.

Most BMETs are employed full time. Technicians with wholesale and retail suppliers usually work regular business hours and may be on call some nights and weekends. In hospitals, BMETs often work evening and overnight shifts.

Biomeds spend much of their time working hands-on with machines. To adjust and repair equipment, they use both tools and computer applications. BMETs also perform some office duties such as reviewing product manuals and record keeping.

A BMET’s job requires plenty of interaction with medical professionals, hospital staff, administrators and patients.

Salary and Job Outlook

State
Average Wage
Florida
$46810
California
$54110
Texas
$51660
Pennsylvania
$49270
New York
$57100

Hover over any state to explore local income and job growth data.

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ALABAMA

Median Salary: 
$43,800
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $27,100
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $73,700

2014-2024 Job Growth: 8%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Birmingham$31,040$49,230$76,420
Huntsville$24,710$32,670$39,770

ALASKA

Median Salary: 
$64,300
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $49,200
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $88,500

2014-2024 Job Growth: 8%
Projected Annual Job Openings: Fewer than 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Anchorage$48,640$64,040$88,170

ARIZONA

Median Salary: 
$35,800
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $27,200
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $65,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 19%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Phoenix$27,240$35,340$66,780
Tuscon$27,990$43,120$64,820

ARKANSAS

Median Salary: 
$33,700
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $24,100
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $52,600

2014-2024 Job Growth: 14%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Little Rock$31,690$37,210$49,050
Fort Smith$23,880$51,150$92,330

CALIFORNIA

Median Salary: 
$49,600
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $31,600
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $82,100

2014-2024 Job Growth: 5%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 90

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Los Angeles$33,610$53,510$83,470
San Francisco Bay$33,390$49,440$80,870
San Diego$33,370$57,190$98,220
Sacramento$34,240$56,940$91,390

COLORADO

Median Salary: 
$49,600
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $32,000
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $75,700

2014-2024 Job Growth: 42%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 90

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Denver$34,350$51,290$77,640
Colorado Springs$29,530$45,300$60,880

CONNECTICUT

Median Salary: 
$48,800
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $33,300
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $78,700

2014-2024 Job Growth: 1%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Hartford$35,080$47,470$85,630
Bridgeport$33,350$52,530$79,030
New Haven$33,100$50,280$75,540

DELAWARE

Median Salary: 
$55,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $36,600
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $84,100

2014-2024 Job Growth: 10%
Projected Annual Job Openings: Fewer than 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Wilmington$40,200$56,670$86,840

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Median Salary: 
$47,600
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $34,500
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $72,700

2014-2024 Job Growth: 15%
Projected Annual Job Openings: Fewer than 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Washington DC$29,340$47,630$77,250

FLORIDA

Median Salary: 
$40,100
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $27,200
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $65,800

2014-2024 Job Growth: 16%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 170

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Miami$27,270$42,530$77,580
Orlando$29,180$46,790$75,150
Tampa$29,400$40,560$60,580
Jacksonville$27,240$36,230$56,080

GEORGIA

Median Salary: 
$38,000
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $26,000
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $63,500

2014-2024 Job Growth: 5%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Atlanta$26,710$38,920$65,020
Augusta$26,520$34,590$66,480

HAWAII

Median Salary: 
$47,700
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $34,600
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $92,600

2014-2024 Job Growth: 14%
Projected Annual Job Openings: Fewer than 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Honolulu$34,510$48,290$93,510

IDAHO

Median Salary: 
$48,400
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,700
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $77,800

2014-2024 Job Growth: 21%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 110

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Boise$29,690$49,790$75,110

ILLINOIS

Median Salary: 
$47,600
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,000
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $80,000

2014-2024 Job Growth: 5%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 40

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Chicago$31,590$52,130$86,920

INDIANA

Median Salary: 
$47,200
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,900
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $78,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 9%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 40

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Indianapolis$34,570$54,360$85,160
South Bend$36,350$57,890$79,810
Fort Wayne$24,000$40,360$61,900

IOWA

Median Salary: 
$39,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $27,800
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $70,400

2014-2024 Job Growth: 11%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Des Moines$27,840$37,350$70,580
Cedar Rapids$36,410$48,510$73,280

KANSAS

Median Salary: 
$49,300
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $28,400
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $62,900

2014-2024 Job Growth: 25%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Wichita$26,400$38,610$70,630
Kansas City$33,170$50,980$63,080

KENTUCKY

Median Salary: 
$38,000
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $25,600
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $87,700

2014-2024 Job Growth: 17%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Louisville$25,710$35,550$61,560

LOUISIANA

Median Salary: 
$36,100
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $22,800
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $59,600

2014-2024 Job Growth: 10%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
New Orleans$22,340$33,710$50,140
Baton Rouge$28,370$37,790$61,700
Lafayette$27,050$36,880$57,790

MAINE

Median Salary: 
$56,600
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $40,100
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $74,900

2014-2024 Job Growth: 4%
Projected Annual Job Openings: Fewer than 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Portland$40,730$57,590$75,250

MARYLAND

Median Salary: 
$45,900
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $32,100
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $75,400

2014-2024 Job Growth: 34%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 70

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Baltimore$33,660$52,680$77,470
Frederick$27,860$37,180$74,210

MASSACHUSETTS

Median Salary: 
$53,700
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $30,400
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $83,300

2014-2024 Job Growth: -1%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Boston$37,580$66,870$94,970
Worcester$28,510$47,890$73,140
Springfield$32,280$47,840$81,130

MICHIGAN

Median Salary: 
$40,100
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $23,700
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $67,800

2014-2024 Job Growth: 9%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 40

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Detroit$22,810$40,530$64,850
Grand Rapids$24,360$41,240$80,940

MINNESOTA

Median Salary: 
$56,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $35,100
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $80,900

2014-2024 Job Growth: 8%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Minneapolis - St. Paul$34,990$54,430$77,780

MISSISSIPPI

Median Salary: 
$45,600
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $19,500
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $61,100

2014-2024 Job Growth: 3%
Projected Annual Job Openings: Fewer than 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Jackson$18,000$42,640$60,560

MISSOURI

Median Salary: 
$42,700
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $28,600
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $68,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 6%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 40

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
St. Louis$31,660$44,400$71,330
Kansas City$33,170$50,980$63,080

MONTANA

Median Salary: 
$55,100
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $24,200
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $89,600

Job Growth Data Not Available

NEBRASKA

Median Salary: 
$46,800
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $32,800
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $80,000

2014-2024 Job Growth: 4%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Omaha$30,160$47,370$79,230

NEVADA

Median Salary: 
$51,100
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $31,000
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $91,900

2014-2024 Job Growth: 14%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Las Vegas$39,440$56,540$90,090
Reno$27,260$48,700$96,020

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Median Salary: 
$55,200
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $33,800
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $76,800

2014-2024 Job Growth: 8%
Projected Annual Job Openings: Fewer than 10

NEW JERSEY

Median Salary: 
$58,400
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $33,100
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $80,100

2014-2024 Job Growth: 2%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Newark$43,640$65,460$90,020

NEW MEXICO

Median Salary: 
$47,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,700
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $72,300

2014-2024 Job Growth: 0%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Albuquerque$32,340$47,130$72,930

NEW YORK

Median Salary: 
$55,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $33,100
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $87,800

2014-2024 Job Growth: 7%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 50

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
New York City$42,450$64,930$88,120
Buffalo$28,410$37,700$58,820
Rochester$33,620$53,000$72,360
Albany$34,860$47,980$71,790

NORTH CAROLINA

Median Salary: 
$43,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $25,800
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $63,600

2014-2024 Job Growth: 19%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 50

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Charlotte$24,120$42,220$61,680
Raleigh$26,890$40,330$54,860
Greensboro$23,880$40,690$61,660
Winston - Salem$29,680$54,100$80,180

NORTH DAKOTA

Median Salary: 
$55,100
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $33,500
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $76,300

2014-2024 Job Growth: 3%
Projected Annual Job Openings: Fewer than 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Fargo$33,710$57,830$85,560
Bismarck$30,560$53,360$63,040

OHIO

Median Salary: 
$50,500
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,600
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $77,300

2014-2024 Job Growth: 5%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 50

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Cleveland$33,280$56,070$80,050
Columbus$33,490$48,720$71,440
Cincinnati$34,020$57,580$79,990
Dayton$28,010$45,290$71,840

OKLAHOMA

Median Salary: 
$38,900
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $26,700
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $61,100

2014-2024 Job Growth: 10%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Oklahoma City$25,830$37,870$53,760
Tulsa$28,530$40,900$67,460

OREGON

Median Salary: 
$56,700
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $32,000
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $84,000

2014-2024 Job Growth: 16%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Portland$34,940$64,840$88,410
Salem$33,280$39,320$86,430

PENNSYLVANIA

Median Salary: 
$48,600
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,400
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $77,900

2014-2024 Job Growth: 6%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 70

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Philadelphia$35,620$54,640$80,040
Pittsburgh$28,930$44,510$66,580
Harrisburg$27,350$41,500$78,200
Allentown$31,620$53,970$74,840

RHODE ISLAND

Median Salary: 
$57,400
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $29,300
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $85,500

2014-2024 Job Growth: 2%
Projected Annual Job Openings: Fewer than 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Providence$25,830$52,320$82,020

SOUTH CAROLINA

Median Salary: 
$39,400
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $25,700
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $62,600

2014-2024 Job Growth: 6%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Greenville$22,110$34,680$57,620
Columbia$25,490$33,600$62,320
Charleston$28,570$49,240$67,460

SOUTH DAKOTA

Median Salary: 
$46,200
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $34,500
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $61,700

2014-2024 Job Growth: 12%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Sioux Falls$38,830$47,530$63,580
Rapid City$29,830$42,210$49,850

TENNESSEE

Median Salary: 
$42,000
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $27,400
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $64,900

2014-2024 Job Growth: 33%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 60

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Nashville$29,770$42,330$62,730
Memphis$27,990$47,240$85,800
Knoxville$25,750$38,550$64,890
Chattanooga$24,220$41,670$62,570

TEXAS

Median Salary: 
$44,600
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $27,100
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $71,600

2014-2024 Job Growth: 24%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 110

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Dallas - Ft. Worth$28,840$47,950$72,320
Houston$28,300$47,340$77,170
San Antonio$25,450$36,130$49,360
Austin$30,000$47,080$76,440

UTAH

Median Salary: 
$53,400
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $26,400
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $74,900

2014-2024 Job Growth: 23%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Salt Lake City$26,430$55,360$77,990
Ogden$25,380$42,790$63,040

VERMONT

Median Salary: 
$51,400
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $35,200
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $70,500

Job Growth Data Not Available

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Burlington$34,890$50,280$69,140

VIRGINIA

Median Salary: 
$52,200
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $27,900
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $78,200

2014-2024 Job Growth: 5%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Virginia Beach$26,740$37,560$71,240
Richmond$25,660$49,890$100,960

WASHINGTON

Median Salary: 
$52,200
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $32,900
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $80,700

2014-2024 Job Growth: 10%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 40

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Seattle$34,300$53,540$80,650
Spokane$28,510$45,130$87,570

WEST VIRGINIA

Median Salary: 
$39,000
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $24,400
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $61,000

2014-2024 Job Growth: 20%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Huntington$25,080$45,000$60,840
Charleston$25,440$42,950$53,420

WISCONSIN

Median Salary: 
$45,700
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $30,500
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $71,000

2014-2024 Job Growth: 5%
Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

SALARY BY METRO AREA:

CityEntry LevelMedianLots of Experience
Milwaukee$33,010$47,000$67,390
Madison$31,960$40,240$72,430

WYOMING

Median Salary: 
$38,000
Bottom 10% (Entry Level): $21,100
Top 10% (Lots of Experience): $79,000

2014-2024 Job Growth: -8%
Projected Annual Job Openings: Fewer than 10

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for BMETs is $46,340. The highest-paid 10% earn more than $76,350 a year.

BMET salaries vary by work setting. Retail positions generally pay less than repair and maintenance positions. The best-paid jobs are found in hospitals and universities. Salary tends to increase with education, training and certification.

The job outlook for BMETs is as healthy as the job market at large. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to grow by six percent between 2014 and 2024, which is average job growth. 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).

Compare Salaries by City

New York City NY Median Pay

$64930 Per Year

$31.21 Per Hour

Los Angeles CA Median Pay

$53510 Per Year

$25.72 Per Hour

Steps to Become a Biomedical Equipment Technician

1

Earn a degree from an accredited institution.

A BMET career requires, at minimum, a two-year associate degree in biomedical equipment technology or a related field such as electronics or engineering. There are exceptions; many technicians train while serving in the military, and occasionally an aspiring technician can land a low-level job with no training or degree. While employers generally value hands-on experience over advanced education, more and more companies require that applicants have bachelor’s degrees.

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When enrolling in a degree program, it’s essential to choose a school accredited by the American Board for Engineering and Technology. These programs have demonstrated a commitment to quality and have an excellent track record of preparing students for successful careers.

Accredited BMET degree programs provide extensive hands-on instruction. Students gradually gain independence by training on a series of medical machines, each more complex than the last.

2

Consider becoming certified.

Voluntary certification as a Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET) paves the way for greater employment and advancement opportunities. Some BMETs also pursue niche certification as a Certified Laboratory Equipment Specialist (CLES) or Certified Radiology Equipment Specialist (CRES). To earn these credentials, candidates must meet education and work experience requirements and pass a computer-based examination.

3

Continue learning while on-the-job.

Working technicians extend their training by studying equipment manuals and attending continuing education classes, which are essential because technology advances quickly.

4

Look into advancement opportunities.

While not mandatory, membership in the Medical Equipment and Technology Association (META) connects BMETs with networking opportunities that help to advance their careers.

Experienced BMETs may be promoted to supervise the work of junior technicians. Others specialize in a particular area or become instructors in training programs. Many technicians start their own businesses and work for several facilities on a freelance basis.

Experience and certification increase the opportunities for advancement. Many employers will pay the costs associated with certification.

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Employers occasionally hire high school graduates as technicians, especially for work on simple equipment like beds and wheelchairs. These workers typically receive extensive on-the-job training lasting up to 12 months.

Many employers also accept military training in place of a college degree.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE

2 years

Most biomedical technology employers prefer or require an associate degree (AS or AAS) in engineering technology.

A few schools offer specialized degree programs in biomedical engineering technology (BET). However, because these are relatively rare, most students prepare by majoring in electronics or electrical/electronics engineering technology. If you go this route, be sure to take any BET classes offered. You should also try to gain practical experience working with medical equipment.

Engineering technology programs can be found at universities, community colleges, and technical schools. When evaluating degree programs, look for one accredited by the American Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

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To prepare for a career as a biomedical technician, you’ll need to gain knowledge in both technology and the life sciences. Recommended areas of study include:

Medical electronics

An introduction to the power supply systems of medical devices. Covers the fundamentals of circuits, solid-state devices, transformers, filters, and regulators.

Medical computers and networks

Surveys hardware and software applications used in patient care and the digital networks used to manage them.

Medical equipment systems

Covers safety and wiring standards as they relate to medical devices. May take a deeper look at specific systems like cardiac telemetry.

Human anatomy and physiology

A lecture course that introduces the structure and function of the body.

BACHELOR'S DEGREE

4 years

Some employers prefer to hire biomedical technicians with bachelor’s degrees, especially when they’ll be working on more advanced or specialized equipment like CT scanners, ultrasound machines, or linear accelerators.

A bachelor’s degree can also open doors to supervision, research, teaching, and other avenues of career enhancement.

A few schools offer bachelor’s programs specific to BET. More commonly, students major in engineering technology with a BET concentration. ABET is a top accreditor of applied science programs, and its website can be a helpful resource when choosing a school.

Bachelor’s level BET studies dive deeper into the scientific aspects of the field. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of human physiology and how the body interacts with technology. You’ll also have a chance to expand your horizons with classes in the humanities, business, and the arts. Your studies will likely include:

Anatomy and physiology (with laboratory)

Provides a hands-on introduction to body functioning through lab models, exercises, and dissections.

Instrumentation and control

Learn how machines measure and automatically respond to variables like pressure, temperature, and liquid level.

Supervision and management

Apply the principles of human behavior and communication to enhance the work of others.

Statistics and probability

Study principles of descriptive mathematics and how they inform research, experimentation, and testing.

Keys to Success as a BMET

Necessary Skills and Qualities

Tech savvy

Aspiring biomedical technicians should have a passion for machines and technology as well as a knack for troubleshooting and repairs.

Calm under pressure

Because an equipment failure often creates an emergency situation, the technician must work well in fast-paced, high-pressure situations.

Healthy and strong

Stamina is important. In performing their duties, BMETs often stand for several hours at a time and frequently bend and crouch.

Good communication and interpersonal skills

Technicians spend a significant amount of time training other professionals and meeting with hospital administrators. They also work closely with nurses, medical materials personnel and the hospital facilities department. Because they often service equipment that is in use, BMETs have frequent contact with patients as well.

Additional Credentials

In addition to the Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET) – an entry-level credential preferred by many employers – the AAMI Credentials Institute (ACI) offers advanced certifications for biomedical technicians:

  • Certified Laboratory Equipment Specialist (CLES) and Certified Radiology Equipment Specialist (CRES) - for technicians with advanced knowledge in these clinical areas
  • Certified Healthcare Technology Manager (CHTM) - for technicians who supervise the work of others. The credential shows competency in personnel management and program operations.
  • Certified Quality System Manager (CQSM) - for technicians who provide quality assurance for their organizations. Competencies include regulatory compliance, performance assessment, and management of equipment safety programs.

Candidates for each certification must meet education and experience requirements and pass a knowledge exam.

Many biomedical technicians also obtain credentials related to the physical plant of the hospital (for example, water treatment specialist). Some hold credentials that overlap into patient care (for example, becoming a dialysis technician).

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