In healthcare, technology is a critical component of patient care, improving medical outcomes and safety. Highly skilled and trained biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs) are increasingly sought by hospitals, the medical equipment industry, and many other healthcare employers to ensure medical equipment is up-to-date and functioning efficiently and safely for optimal patient care.
The University of Vermont offers four courses in Biomedical Equipment Technology. Three courses are offered ONLINE, allowing working professionals to “go to class” when it’s convenient for them. The fourth course is a campus-based “hands-on” course. No textbook requirement for the online courses.
These courses are designed for healthcare workers, including BMETs, nurses, engineers, technicians and technologists; healthcare educators and managers; and administrators.
These courses may also be used as preparation for the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation’s (AAMI) Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET) exam (www.aami.org/certification).
For more information:
About these courses – http://its.uvm.edu/medtech/index.html
About faculty Tobey Clark – http://its.uvm.edu/tclarkweb/index.html
About Biomedical Equipment Technology at UVM – http://its.uvm.edu/TSP/default.aspx
HLTH 25 Patient Care Equipment – 3 credits
Course provides 1) an introduction to healthcare technology, the environment of care, patient safety, and related regulations; 2) an overview of the human body, engineering and information technology concepts; and 3) education on bedside medical devices – physiological monitors for adult, neonate and fetal assessment, defibrillators, pacemakers, infusion devices, and ventilators. For each device, the principles, application, patient safety, problems/solutions, quality assurance and management topics are covered. ONLINE
HLTH 135 Advanced Medical Equipment – 3 credits
Course covers advanced healthcare technology systems including imaging – radiography, fluoroscopy, CT scanners, MRI, nuclear medicine and ultrasound, radiation therapy, physical therapy, electro-surgery, medical lasers, minimally invasive surgery including robotic, clinical laboratory equipment, physical therapy devices, and clinical information systems. For each technology, device principles, application, patient safety, common problems and solutions, maintenance, and technology management areas are included. ONLINE
HLTH 26 Medical Equipment Applications – 3 credits
Hands-on laboratory course in the classroom. Includes bedside medical equipment demonstrations, application exercises, safety and performance testing, and problem resolution. Pre-requisites: HLTH 25, HLTH 135. HANDS-ON CAMPUS COURSE
HLTH 225 Health Technology Life Cycle: Planning & Management – 3 credits
Course covers planning and management aspects of healthcare technology – medical devices, clinical information systems and coverged technologies. Focuses on the healthcare technology life cycle: assessment, replacement, budgeting, acquisition, deployment, education, compliance, patient safety and maintenance. Presents clinical engineering functions and value to the healthcare system. ONLINE