Biomedical Equipment Technology I Proficiency Certificate


Biomedical Equipment Technicians (BMETs) are professionals that work in health care settings to test, maintain and repair medical equipment, such as ECG and blood pressure monitors, defibrillators, ventilators, infusion pumps, among others. BMETs typically work for hospitals, medical device manufacturers, or third party companies that provide service to hospitals. To be successful in this field, BMETs need to have an understanding of the operation and functions of a range of medical devices and their clinical applications and the ability to test medical device operation to a set of specifications.

Students who complete the proficiency certificate for Biomedical Equipment Technology I will be able to function as entry level BMETs. Students may continue their education by earning an additional Biomedical Technology Proficiency Certificate, which will
increase qualifications and enhance the potential for advancement. All credits earned towards the BMET Proficiency Certificates can be applied to earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Biomedical Equipment Technology. 

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Biomedical Technician Proficiency Certificate the student will be able to:

  • Explain the role of biomedical equipment technicians in health care settings
  • Solve basic circuit problems involving DC and AC circuits
  • Explain the structure and function of major organ systems in the human body, such as the cardio-vascular, nervous, endocrine, and renal systems
  • Describe the theory of operation, functioning and clinical application of medical devices such as heart monitors, blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters, infusion pumps, suction devices, and centrifuges and carry out operational checks on such devices

Program Entry Requirements:

This certificate is open to interested students. Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics course(s) as part of the certificate.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the start of the internship experience.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

Successful completion of the program requires a "C" grade or better in each of the courses listed. In order to receive a "C" grade or better and thus demonstrate competency, students must complete assignments, exams and participate in class activities.

Pending departmental review, students may be terminated from the Program for behavior that is inconsistent with the professional standards of the field.

Course Sequence:

Course Number and Name Prerequisites Credits
BMET 101 - Biomedical Equipment Technology I BIOL 108 or BIOL 110, which may be taken concurrently 4 credits
BIOL 108 - Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology or
BIOL 110 - Anatomy and Physiology II *

For BIOL 108: placement in FNMT 118 or higher
For BIOL 110: BIOL 109 with a grade of "C" or better

4 credits
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or higher FNMT 017 or FNMT 019 completed or FNMT 118 (or higher) placement 3 credits
ELEC 120 - Direct and Alternating Current Circuits FNMT 118 or higher with a grade of "C" or placement in MATH 161 or higher 4 credits
BMET 102 - Biomedical Equipment Technology II BMET 101 with a grade of "C" or better and ELEC 120, which may be taken concurrently 4 credits
CIS 105 - Computer Systems Maintenance   4 credits
BMET 103 - Biomedical Equipment Technology Internship I BMET 102 with a "C" or better and FNMT 118 or higher 1 credit

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


* Students who choose to take BIOL 109 and BIOL 110: Anatomy and Physiology I & II will earn 28 credits.

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Math, Science and Health Careers, Room W1-1, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8430