Biomedical Equipment Technology

Biomedical Equipment Technology

The use of high-tech, sophisticated equipment in the U.S. healthcare industry is evolving and expanding at an exponential pace. The need for highly skilled and well-trained technicians to maintain such equipment is growing just as quickly. The Biomedical Equipment Technology program at Central Piedmont will help meet a specific and specialized workforce development need in Mecklenburg County and beyond.

What You Will Learn

The biomedical equipment technology curriculum will prepare you for employment as a biomedical equipment technician. As a technician, you will maintain sophisticated, always-advancing medical devices and equipment used in the healthcare delivery system. Maintenance will involve installation, calibration, and repair accompanied by documentation. Instruction will provide needed theory of operation that is reinforced practically to ensure understanding of medical devices. You will learn basic engineering principles and technical skills to install, operate, troubleshoot, and repair sophisticated devices and instrumentation used in healthcare facilities as well as about instrument calibration, design, and installation testing, system safety and maintenance procedures, procurement and installation procedures, and report preparation. Coursework includes foundations in electronics, networking, security, anatomy, medical terminology, biomedical instrumentation, imaging technology, biomedical troubleshooting, and culminates with applicable work-based learning experience. Emphasis is placed on developing and enhancing your ability to solve technical problems for medical devices and equipment in varying conditions and environments. 

With an Associates of Applied Science in biomedical equipment technology and two years of industrial experience, you will be able to be certified as a biomedical equipment technician.

Why Choose Central Piedmont

Our learning environments are home to the industry's latest equipment and software, as well as quality instructors who bring real-world experience into the classroom. This powerful combination of traditional teaching and hands-on learning prepares our students for employment in today's 21st century workforce.

Our biomedical equipment technology program is supported by a generous gift from Novant Health. According to the U.S. Depart of Labor, the demand for biomedical equipment technicians is expected to grow 30 percent through 2022. Locally, Novant Health has confirmed these projections and indicated difficulty in hiring qualified technicians. Central Piedmont's biomedical equipment technology program will meet the needs of Novant Health and growth in the healthcare industry. Our program includes hands-on learning via a significant amount of workplace learning, will create a specialized pathway to employment in the healthcare industry, and provides opportunities for advancement for current technicians looking to gain additional training and certification.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

The Details

  • Program Options

    Earn an Associate in Applied science or a specialized certificate in biomedical equipment technology. The college catalog details the biomedical equipment technology program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements. If you would like information on opportunities to transfer associate degree credit to a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Resource Center.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer biomedical equipment technology course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Biomedical Equipment Technology Program Requirements

    For detailed information on biomedical equipment technology course and program requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog.

    Work-Based Learning

    The associate degree requires the completion of two work-based learning (WBL) courses (co-op). During co-op, instead of attending a class on campus, you work with an employer to gain experience directly related to your intended field and program of study. Work-based learning experiences may or may not be paid. Job placement protocol is program-dependent. You will work collaboratively with the work-based learning coordinator and program faculty to find and secure a co-op site. Once confirmed by the coordinator, you will complete documentation per the specific healthcare facility’s application requirements (e.g. Novant, etc.). Completed application materials will be submitted to the coordinator before the deadline, after which the coordinator will send materials directly to the healthcare facility. Note that summer work-based learning experiences may be limited or not offered by the department. It is recommended that you submit all required co-op paperwork prior to the beginning of the semester.

    To enroll in the first co-op, you must meet the following eligibility requirements prior to placement:

    • maintain a minimum 2.0 program GPA
    • be recommended for placement by faculty in the biomedical equipment technology program

    To enroll in the second co-op, you must meet the following eligibility requirements prior to placement:

    • be completing the final set of BMT courses, including BMT 213, BMT 225, and BMT 112 during the first half of the term (fall or spring semesters)
    • maintain a minimum 2.0 program GPA
    • have completed a minimum of 66 credits (with only SEC 110, WBL 122 and WBL 125 remaining) within the BMT degree program before a student can be eligible to participate and receive credit.
    • have satisfactorily completed (with a “C” or better) BMT 111, BMT 120, BMT 212, BMT 223, BMT 213, BMT 225, BMT 112
    • be recommended for placement by faculty in the biomedical equipment technology program
    Required Work-based Learning Application Documents

    The work-based learning application form, faculty approval form, and student placement sheet is available on the workplace learning site. In addition, you will need to complete the following documents:

  • Locations

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder.

  • Course Delivery Methods

    • Classroom/Lab
    • Combined (Classroom/Lab and Online)

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm course delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

  • Biomedical Equipment Technician Careers

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for biomedical equipment technicians is expected to grow 30 percent through 2022. Locally, Novant Health has confirmed these projections and indicated difficulty in hiring qualified technicians. Central Piedmont's biomedical equipment technology program will meet the needs of Novant Health and growth in the healthcare industry. Our program will create a specialized pathway to employment in the healthcare industry, and will provide opportunities for advancement for current technicians looking to gain additional training and certification. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach for detailed biomedical equipment technology career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

  • Costs and Aid

    Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont . Financial aid and scholarships are available.

  • Student Resources

    Events

    Featured Employer Series

    Join industry representatives from local companies as they present career opportunities available for our students. Many of these opportunities include positions such as electronic hardware technicians and field maintenance techs

    Next Session:

    • Wednesday, May 1, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
    • Lunch and Learn with ESP Associates
    • Central Campus, Advanced Technology Center, Room 3110
    • Register

    Companies interested in presenting career opportunities to our students should contact Alexis Frisinger at 704.330.2722, ext. 3150 or at alexis.frisinger@cpcc.edu. Or, to expedite your request, fill-out this Google form.

    Apprenticeships

    Apprenticeships (video) represent a long tradition in workplace learning. Programs vary, but usually consist of an employer and student agreement and approval by an appropriate entity. In North Carolina, formal or registered apprenticeships are created in agreement with the NC Department of Labor (NCDOL). In this program, you will have two options for apprenticeships at Central Piedmont: Apprenticeship 2000 and Apprenticeship Charlotte.

    Apprenticeship 2000

    Central Piedmont offers apprenticeships with local business partners. With Apprenticeship 2000, you will have the opportunity to:

    • gain 6400 hours of learning manufacturing skills
    • gain 1600 hours of college education
    • earn while learning
    • get free college and a paycheck
    • earn a Journeyman Certificate by the Department of Labor (Commerce)
    • experience dual training - academics in college/hands on at company
    • earn a scholarship for additional college for bachelor's of arts (differences per company)
    • secure guaranteed employment after graduation

    For more information about Apprenticeship 2000, contact Eric Easton at eric.easton@cpcc.edu or 704.330.2722, ext. 3181.

    Apprenticeship Charlotte
    Students

    Learn more about whether Apprenticeship Charlotte is the right fit for you! We partner with companies in the Charlotte area to create and support apprenticeship programs to help develop the skilled workforce needed today and in the future. We’ll learn about your interests and strengths, then connect you to a company when it has a need for someone with your talents and potential.

    1. prepare and submit a resume via email to workplace.learning@cpcc.edu; make sure your resume includes your current Central Piedmont program of study and GPA
    2. indicate in your email to us how much coursework you have completed to date
    3. the Workplace Learning Office will contact you to further discuss existing Apprenticeship Charlotte opportunities and add you to our candidate pool

    For additional information about getting started with this apprenticeship program, including if you are currently working and think your company might be a good fit for Apprenticeship Charlotte, please contact workplace.learning@cpcc.edu.

    Employers

    Let Central Piedmont help your company set-up an apprenticeship program. With this as a part of your training strategy, you can rely on the college to deliver:

    • administrative support for the candidate intake process
    • coordination of state recognition activities and agreement process
    • detailed information on the required and elective course work, available with certificate, diploma, or degree requirements
    • convenient sponsorship option to Central Piedmont (payment process)

    Central Piedmont will typically help employers work with the state, particularly in the initial set-up and creation of agreements. Employers with a signed state agreement are ready to begin a registered apprenticeship. Get started today. Contact us at workplace.learning@cpcc.edu or 704.330.4660.

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