So you want to become a BMET? Good idea! The Biomedical Technician field is a growing one and a stable career as hospitals will always be around, especially since people are living longer. For those unaware of the career (which there are many); we repair, calibrate, and maintain the medical equipment within hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, etc. There are a few paths that one could take if they want to pursue a career as a Biomedical Technician.
The quickest and the easiest option would be to apply for a two year program to get your Associate’s degree in Biomedical Equipment Technology. These programs will provide you with education that is focused on the field. Many of these programs involve a lot of hands on work, as well as provide you with internships within a hospital. These internships will look great on your resume once you obtain your degree.
The second path would be a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. If you know one hundred percent that you want to be a Biomedical Technician aka someone who fixes and repairs the equipment, you only need your Associate’s degree mentioned previously. If you think you may want to one day be involved in the design work of medical devices, then this is probably the better option for you. The Biomedical Engineering courses will be much more intensive and not quite as focused on the hands on work that you will be doing as a BMET. These courses are more focused on theory of electronics, programming, and the designing of medical devices.
A third option would be for those of you who are enrolled in the military or plan on enrolling in the military. Many Biomedical Technicians in the field got trained by a branch of the military, served their time, and now work within a hospital. If you have no intentions of joining the military than this obviously would not be a good option for you and I would suggest going with the first option of obtaining your Associate’s degree. The plus-side to this path is that the military will train you at no cost.
Sometimes those who are experienced with electronics might be able to land a job in the field as well. If you are knowledgeable with electronics and wish to get into the field, the best bet would probably to apply for a job with a medical device manufacturer. They will train you on their specific equipment and you become specialized in products that they manufacturer and support.
Luckily, as you see, there are a few paths to join this exciting career. In our next post, we plan to focus on the next stage of your journey, which is landing a job.