Archives for May 2015

Biomedical Technicians Needed for Texas Healthcare

In today’s world, advancements in medical technology have enabled better diagnosis, surgical procedures and improved patient care. With the rising demand for healthcare services and the increased complexity of biomedical equipment, this field has a great job outlook for people with training.bmet

If you are interested in the healthcare industry, yet not particularly fond of blood or surgical procedures, biomedical technician is one of the few healthcare jobs appropriate for squeamish people. It is an exciting and stimulating career that combines knowledge from various fields, such as engineering, biology and bio-mechanical principles to design, develop, repair and maintain biological and health systems and products. In particular, the duties of a biomedical technician include testing parts, calibrating equipment, performing maintenance, and keeping repair logs of medical devices, such as monitors, imaging equipment and operating tables.

Biomedical technician jobs require working flexible hours under some pressure. Similar to other healthcare jobs, technicians sometimes have to work “on call” in case of emergencies when medical equipment needs immediate repair. They are also encouraged to stay updated on current medical technology, because the healthcare industry is increasingly dependent on the advancement of medical equipment to extend lives and improve patient treatment.

BMET – Biomedical Equipment Technician & Biomedical Electronics Technician

Two main specializations in the biomedical technician field are Biomedical Equipment Repair Technician and Biomedical Electronics Specialist. Both are responsible for testing, troubleshooting, maintaining and repairing general biomedical equipment in laboratories, healthcare facilities, and other personal care institutions. While a biomedical electronics specialist focuses more on handling and working with electronic devices themselves, a biomedical equipment technician can facilitate training sessions on medical equipment.

 

Employment of BMETs, similar to other healthcare jobs, is projected to grow much higher than the average job growth across industries, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics. With a two-year associate degree, a biomedical technician salary can be more than $40,000 annually to start, according to our BMET factsheet.

How to Become a Certified Biomedical Technician?

Entrance to biomedical technician jobs typically requires a biomedical technician associate degree specializing in either biomedical electronics or biomedical equipment technician. The associate program provides coursework in biomedical electronic systems, biomedical law, digital circuits, and clinical instrumentation. Additionally, laboratory experiences offer hands-on opportunities to repair and maintain medical equipment, allowing students to explore a collaborative field between healthcare and technology.

Upon graduation, students can get an internship or land a full time job in hospitals, clinics or companies that manufacture medical equipment and devices – based on their preferences for the healthcare or technology side.

While certification is not required by all employers, it can demonstrate professional capability and help people advance to supervisory positions. One of the most popular certifications for biomedical technician jobs is Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET) offered by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). In order to be certified, biomedical technicians must have an associate degree, professional working experience, and pass their exam.

If you are interested in the intersection of technology and healthcare, visit our biomedical page for available programs and start your biomedical profession now!

Student Success Story – Cameron Erskin, College of the Mainland

Dual credit student is new face of Taco Bell

Cameron Erskin views each critic’s cry of “you can’t” as a challenge. Determined to be the first in his family to graduate from college, the College of the Mainland dual credit student has already earned 18 hours of college credit, a scholarship and a national platform to tell his story.Cameron_Erskin_1

One of three teens chosen as spokesperson for the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, Erskin will encourage students to complete high school and will be featured on Taco Bell products at franchises across the nation. Erskin recently returned from a California conference where he shared his story with a crowd of 1,600.

“Trials and tribulations kind of made me who I am. I’ve had so many people tell me ‘you can’t do this, you won’t do this,’” said Erskin. “I’ve had people who claim to support me tell me that, but now they are among the biggest fans.”

While always a good student, the Clear Springs High School senior found new determination after joining the Boys and Girls Club of America.

“The Boys and Girls Club really tries to push them. They do a lot of service projects,” said his mother, Meshell Vorsburgh. “I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

After joining the club, he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, served food at St. Vincent’s Episcopal House in Galveston and mentored middle and high school students at Power Hour.

His Boys and Girls Club mentor of five years, Carol Freeman, discovered the Taco Bell Skills Challenge Scholarship and worked with him until 2 a.m. completing it. He won that scholarship and eight months later received the call asking him to become a face of Taco Bell. He said yes.

Erskin credits his drive to pursue an education to two women in his life – Freeman and his mother.

“The importance of education was instilled in me since I was young.  I’ve always had big dreams. I knew that to achieve my dreams and goals I had to go to college,” he remembered. “My mom made me have a ‘dream board’ (of goals) when I was 10 or 11. She took it a step further. She made me do a six-month, one-year and five-year plan.”

At 18, Erskin is still armed with a plan – to graduate with a master’s degree in architecture in three years. Determined to reach this ambitious goal, he began taking dual credit classes at COM and plans to take a full load of courses year-round at Prairie View A&M University.

He’ll start June 8, the day after his graduation from Clear Springs High School, when he heads to Prairie View A&M University. He will take summer classes at the school’s Architectural Concepts Institute.

Now in a whirlwind of activity between finishing classes and graduation, he will travel to the national Taco Bell franchise conference to once again share his story.

“My mother has always taught me to ‘lift (others) as you climb,’” said Erskin. “I’m climbing and lifting as many people with me as I can.”

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