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Biomedical Equipment Technician

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Biomedical Technicians play a vital role in health care; enhancing the user experience by ensuring all medical equipment is safe and in proper working condition. 

Designed by biomedical and manufacturing industry leaders, the program provides a comprehensive, hands-on, career-oriented curriculum. Students will obtain a solid education in the fundamentals of biomedical devices and industry, electronic engineering, computer and networking.

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High growth rate compared to other careers in Minnesota

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Curriculum designed by workforce partners

Potential Jobs:

  • Biomedical Electronics Technician
  • Medical Equipment Repairers
  • Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET)
  • Radiology Service Engineer

Salary Information:
Median Wage: $29.99 per hour
Top Earners: $38.24 per hour

Information provided is for Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.

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Kodjo Vossah-Messan ’19
Biomedical Equipment Technician AAS degree
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Program Details

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The Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) program is a 72-credit Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree that includes technical and general education components. This degree provides the skills for working in hospitals, manufacturing, and field service plus the possibility to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with co-operating colleges and universities. Full time students can obtain an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in two years. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify and there are several BMET program specific scholarships available.

Designed by biomedical and manufacturing industry leaders, the program provides a comprehensive, hands-on, career-oriented curriculum. Students will obtain a solid education in biomedical devices/industry fundamentals, electronic engineering fundamentals, computer/networking fundamentals.

Biomedical Technicians play a vital role in health care; enhancing the user experience by ensuring all medical equipment is safe and in proper working condition. Technicians inspect, calibrate, maintain, and repair diagnostic equipment, monitoring equipment, therapeutic and life-saving medical equipment (defibrillators, ventilators, drug delivery pumps, CT and MRI Scanners, and more) found in hospitals, medical clinics, imaging centers and medical device companies.

  1. Interpersonal and employability skills: Communicate with peers and customers using professional, ethical and appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication skills; by accepting constructive feedback and displaying appropriate behavior; participating as a member of a team, exhibiting leadership and lifelong learning skills.
  2. Electronic Theory:Demonstrate a solid understanding of electronics; by interpreting electronic schematics and diagrams; research, organize and interpret information from various technical sources; identifying components; electronic test equipment used by technician in industry.
  3. Biomedical Systems: Convey the understanding of complex relationships between sections of specialized equipment through written, verbal, and/or demonstrative methods.
  4. Troubleshooting: Demonstrate principles of troubleshooting and logical diagnosis by using critical thinking skills to define, analyze, and implement a solution.
  5. Biomedical Applications:Evaluate and determine that all biomedical equipment is in proper working condition, ensuring a safe, reliable health care environment.
  6. Safety Compliance: Participate in class in a professional manner, by acting in compliance with documented safety procedures and appropriate industry standards.
  7. Test Equipment:Demonstrate solid understanding of test equipment used by technicians in the health care industry.

In today’s health care market, technology is paramount. The need for a workforce knowledgeable in the theory of operation, underlying physiological principles and safe application of biomedical equipment is a central concern of many hospitals and companies.

The BMET is a skilled technician that demonstrates the knowledge to ensure a safe, reliable health care environment.

Referenced from International Certification Commission (ICC) handbook http://www.aami.org/certification/.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

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Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

MnTC General Education Requirements

This program requires completion of the following fifteen credits of general education from at least three goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Refer to the MnTC course list for elective courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
BIOL 1130 Human Biology (Goal 2&3) 4
MATH 1550 Introduction to Statistics (Goal 4) 4
SPCH 1200 Interpersonal Communication (Goal 1&7) 3
MnTC Elective   4

* Courses are taken at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Program Sequence

Fall Semester 16
ETEC 1102  Mechatronics 1 DC 3
 ETEC 1113  Mechatronics 2 AC 3
 ETEC 1141  Circuit Analysis 1 4
 ETEC 1151  Computer Troubleshooting A+ 3
 ETEC 1250  Digital I 3
Spring Semester 16
BMET 1301  Biomedical Networking 2
 ETEC 1170  Programming Logic Controllers (PLCs) 2
 ETEC 1202  Solid State Electronic 5
 ETEC 1260  Lasers and Optics 2
 ETEC 1271  Technical Documentation 3
 ETEC 1281  Engineering Technology Programming: LabView and C++


Summer Semester 7
 MATH 1550  Introduction to Statistics 4
 SPCH 1200  Interpersonal Communications 3
Fall Semester 17
*BMED 2100  Design & Manufacturing in Medial Device Industry 3
*BMED 2300  Introduction to Quality Assurance 3
 BMET 1200  Biomedical Equipment and Terminology 3
 ETEC 2138  LabView and Data Acquisition 4
 ETEC 2276  Industrial Networking IOT/M2M 4
Spring Semester 17
*BMED 2200  Introduction to Medical Device Regulations/Ethics 3
BMET 2012  Biomedical Instrumentation 4
BIOL 1130  Human Biology 4
ETEC 2011  Machine-to-Machine Wireless Communications 2
MnTC Elective   4
*BMED courses are evening class taken at Anoka-Ramsey Community College


Students can choose to complete any of the electronics programs part-time. Part-time students will take longer to complete their program than students who follow the full-time sequence listed on the official program guides. Because every course may not be offered each semester, it is important for part-time students to reach out to their faculty advisor for help in planning their long-term, part-time course sequence.

Below, new students can find the first semester part-time course options. After the first semester, work with your faculty advisor to plan future semesters.

Course options may differ depending on whether you plan to start in the fall or spring semester. ETEC courses for new students are not always available in the spring term. A full-time student in any electronics program would take 16 credits their first semester. Part-time students must take a minimum of 10 credits. 

Important: Students who place below college-level on the ACCUPLACER tests for Arithmetic and QAS (Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra & Stats) mathematics may benefit from starting with developmental math courses before any ETEC courses.

First Semester

ETEC 1102, ETEC 1113, ETEC 1141 

  • These 3 courses are corequisites and therefore must be taken together.
  • In addition to developmental math courses, AAS degree students starting in the spring semester also have the option of starting with general education courses if no ETEC courses are being offered.

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.


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Start Dates:

Fall semester: August
Spring semester: January*
*Students who start in the spring will need more time to complete due to course prerequisites.

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