Biomedical Equipment Technician

Hybrid Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)
O*Net Code
49-9062.00
Rapids Code
0888HY
Req. Hours
87150
State
DC
Created
Apr 29, 2021
Updated
Apr 29, 2021

Time-Based Skills

10 skill sets | 196 total skills | 87150 total hours
Orientation and Safety - 8200 req. hrs
Attend all required healthcare facility safety and employee orientation courses through HR
200 hrs
Receives orientation to department and organization. Reviews org chart, understands the different departments within the facility and the types of patients found within the various departments.
200 hrs
Understands the Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) job description and the role and responsibilities of the job.
200 hrs
Becomes familiar with and adheres to all department and organizational policies and procedures.
200 hrs
Attends scheduled department meetings.
200 hrs
Understands Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations.
200 hrs
Learns the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for every job.
200 hrs
Becomes familiar with Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and knows how and when to use them.
200 hrs
Understands the proper procedure for the disinfection/cleaning, disposal of, and proper handling of equipment/components that can be hazardous to the environment (e.g., batteries, O2 cells, reagents, circuit boards and chemicals).
200 hrs
Understands the proper procedure for Lock-out/Tag-out and when it should be used.
200 hrs
Understands safety symbolism (e.g., color coding for gases, isolation areas and related signage).
200 hrs
Able to identify blood-borne pathogen hazards, follow universal precautions, and determine appropriate infection control procedures in isolation areas.
200 hrs
Understands the proper infection control protocols and required gowning for isolation rooms.
200 hrs
Understands the proper infection control protocols and required gowning for reverse isolation (negative pressure) rooms.
200 hrs
Able to identify regulatory agencies that oversee and govern healthcare practices (any Authority Having Jurisdiction, e.g.:, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS] State Governing Agencies such as the Department of Public Health [DPH], National Fire Protection Agency [NFPA], Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA], etc.), and understands why they are important and how they relate to reimbursement.
200 hrs
Knows which regulatory agency accredits the facility you work for on behalf of CMS (e.g., The Joint Commission [TJC], Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd [DNV GL])
200 hrs
Is familiar with healthcare life safety codes and why they are important.
200 hrs
Be aware of Life Safety Code NFPA 101 and the National Electrical Code NFPA 70 and how they impact the healthcare facility.
200 hrs
Understands the basic medical equipment regulatory requirements. (Underwriters Laboratories [UL], Food and Drug Administration [FDA]).
200 hrs
Reviews the department’s EOC report and understands what medical equipment data is regularly reported to the committee and why.
200 hrs
Attends at least one Environment of Care (EOC) or Safety Committee Meeting.
200 hrs
Is familiar with architectural plans for a construction project involving medical equipment. Knows how to identify electrical, mechanical and plumbing on an architectural drawing.
200 hrs
Understands the electrical systems in the healthcare facility and how they affect medical equipment (e.g. emergency power and isolated power).
200 hrs
Understands the basics of medical gas systems in the healthcare facility.
200 hrs
Understands and uses proper infection control procedures for a sterile environment (e.g., Sterile Processing Department [SPD] and Operating Room [OR]), including how to gown up when working in a sterile environment such as the OR.
200 hrs
Understands the infection control and safety protocols for working in a hospital laboratory.
200 hrs
Know what Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) is and how it impacts the Laboratory’s processes, procedures, and quality
200 hrs
Know the different agencies that accredited the healthcare system’s Laboratory and Blood Bank (e.g.: CAP, AABB)
200 hrs
Understands the safety risks associated lasers.
200 hrs
Attend at least one Laser Safety Committee Meeting.
200 hrs
Understands Waste Anesthesia Gas Safety and the healthcare facility’s requirements/policies around it. (e.g., annual waste gas leakage testing).
200 hrs
Understands Radiation Safety and the healthcare facility’s requirements/policies around it (e.g., radiation safety badges).
200 hrs
Attends at least one Radiation Safety Committee Meeting.
200 hrs
Understands infection control and safety protocols for the radiation oncology department.
200 hrs
Understands Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) safety and different zones found in an MRI suite. Knows who/what can and cannot go into each zone and what they mean.
200 hrs
Is familiar with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and how it impacts nuclear medicine.
200 hrs
Understands the safety considerations and healthcare facility’s policy for the PET/CT Suite, radioactive isotopes and the hot lab.
200 hrs
Understands the safety procedures and requirements for entering secure areas (e.g., locked psychiatric unit, patients under psychiatric precautions in other areas of the hospital).
200 hrs
Understand the safety and security policies for the healthcare facility’s Labor and Delivery (LandD), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and nursery.
200 hrs
Understands what a Root Case Analysis (RCA) is, how one is conducted, and why an RCA is an important step in preventing reoccurring incidents.
200 hrs
Understands the impact that healthcare facility’s quality initiatives (e.g. alarm fatigue, IV pump errors, etc.) have on front line staff and what measures are being taken to address these.
200 hrs
Anatomy and Physiology - 13300 req. hrs
Able to identify organ systems (heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, brain, gallbladder, pancreas, skin, blood).
300 hrs
Knows body directions, surfaces, cavities, and planes.
300 hrs
Knows and understands fundamental human chemistry.
300 hrs
Knows major hormones and their function.
300 hrs
Knows basic immune response and lymph system.
300 hrs
Knows gastrointestinal system and food processing mechanisms.
300 hrs
Knows and understands the reproductive system with emphasis on pregnancy and childbirth.
300 hrs
Knows and understands major skeletal system components and muscles.
300 hrs
Knows major spinal nerves and vertebral column.
300 hrs
Knows and understands the cardiovascular system components with focus on the electrical activity of the heart.
300 hrs
Knows and understands the respiratory system, including breathing and gas exchange.
300 hrs
Knows major regions of the brain, electrical activity of the brain.
300 hrs
Demonstrates a working medical vocabulary. Able to apply this understanding to the interaction of medical equipment with the human body.
300 hrs
Understands Einthoven’s triangle and how it applies to healthcare technology.
300 hrs
Understands10-20-10 EEG pattern and how it applies to healthcare technology.
300 hrs
Understands Korotkoff sounds and how they apply to healthcare technology.
300 hrs
Understands Positive End Expiratory Pressure (PEEP) and how it applies to healthcare technology.
300 hrs
Mathematics - 14200 req. hrs
Understands basic algebra and why it is important with regards to servicing medical equipment
100 hrs
Demonstrates a working understanding of scientific and engineering notation.
100 hrs
Understands the applied metric system and be able to convert the U.S. system into the metric system.
100 hrs
Able to convert between various units accurately
100 hrs
Understands linear and nonlinear relationships and how they are related to medical equipment and the human body
100 hrs
Demonstrates an understanding of geometric principles and relationships and why this is important in healthcare technology management
100 hrs
Demonstrates the ability to graph data and make conclusions/decisions based upon the shape of the graph
100 hrs
Understands how basic trigonometry applies to the BMET role (e.g. sinusoidal functions in analyzers)
100 hrs
Obtains a basic understanding of statistics and how it applies to a healthcare facility’s reporting
100 hrs
Electronics - 17800 req. hrs
Understands the basic concepts of electricity (voltage, resistance, current, resistors, active and passive devices, transducers, capacitors, and inductors, including the utilization of schematics).
300 hrs
Understands the theory of direct current (DC) principles, circuits, and analysis.
300 hrs
Understands the theory of alternating current (AC) principles, circuits, and analysis.
300 hrs
Able to identify solid-state devices and basic principles of the underlying technology.
300 hrs
Understands the theory of digital electronics principles, circuits, and analysis.
300 hrs
Understands microprocessor fundamentals including memory, registers, instructions and control.
300 hrs
Understands the principles of electronic components, circuits, and instruments.
300 hrs
Develops technical skills, including component identification and schematic usage.
300 hrs
Develops skills to use multi-meters effectively.
300 hrs
Understands the principles of telecommunications and signal transmission.
300 hrs
Able to identify basic sensors and actuators including motors.
300 hrs
Understands the purpose and usage of various power conditioning, distribution, and storage systems (e.g., transformers, batteries).
300 hrs
Biomedical Equipment Technology - 53800 req. hrs
Able to identify and properly utilize shop tools.
1500 hrs
Understands the principles of soldering and using various repair techniques (e.g., epoxy, shrink wrap, electrical tape).
1500 hrs
Knows the difference between a Class I, II, and III, medical device.
1500 hrs
Understands the difference between diagnostic, monitoring, and therapeutic equipment.
1500 hrs
Understands the difference between critical and non-critical equipment.
1500 hrs
Understands the different areas of the healthcare facility and the types of medical equipment found in each of the various areas.
1500 hrs
Is familiar with the proper process to order parts and service for medical equipment.
1500 hrs
Understands the importance of creating a return materials authorization (RMA) prior to shipping equipment outside of the facility.
1500 hrs
Understands the different types of inspections and how and when they are used, including incoming, visual, and electrical safety.
1500 hrs
Understands what planned maintenance (PM) is and its importance regarding equipment safety and reliability.
1500 hrs
Able to identify and understand test equipment operation (e.g., electrical safety analyzer, defibrillator analyzer, electro surgical analyzer, physiologic simulators, digital multimeter [DMM]).
1500 hrs
Able to describe the basic theory of operation, functioning, and clinical application of medical devices, such as heart monitors, Electrocardiogram (ECG) carts, bladder scanners, defibrillators, ventilators, blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters, infusion pumps (Intravenous (IV), Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA), feeding, suction devices, electrical surgical units (ESUs), and centrifuges and carry out operational checks on such devices.
1500 hrs
Able to discuss how the medical equipment is managed and any inventory verification procedures for the healthcare facility.
1500 hrs
Able to discuss the Medical Equipment Management Plan (MEMP) or equivalent document(s) that guide daily operations of the department.
1500 hrs
Understand what an Alternative Equipment Maintenance (AEM) program is, what equipment can and cannot be included per CMS, and what factors should be considered when determining what equipment should and should not be included in the program.
1500 hrs
Able to discuss the proper process of how to handle a medical device involved in a patient incident as well as what must be reported when according to the Safe Medical Devices Act (SMDA).
1500 hrs
Becomes familiar with hazard alerts and recalls involving medical equipment as well as the remediation process.
1500 hrs
Knows the difference between a Class I, II, and III recall.
1500 hrs
Understands what a computer maintenance management system (CMMS) is and why it is an important tool for Healthcare Technology Management (HTM).
1500 hrs
Understands proper work order documentation (e.g., what information should go in a work order) and why it’s important to capture this data.
1500 hrs
Able to search for an equipment record and work order within the CMMS system.
1500 hrs
Able to enter technician time, vendor time, and parts (part # and cost) into a work order within the CMMS and understand why capturing this data is important from a compliance and financial standpoint.
1500 hrs
Able to interpret data from CMMS to recommend course of action (retire, repair, replace).
1500 hrs
Is familiar with the department’s process for adding and retiring assets from the CMMS.
1500 hrs
Biomedical Equipment Technology: Understands normal function and underlying technology of the following - 56300 req. hrs
Laboratory equipment (e.g., centrifuges, water baths, analyzers, cryostats, microtomes).
250 hrs
EEG and EMG equipment and related equipment
250 hrs
Diagnostic equipment (e.g., otoscope, ophthalmoscope, audiometer, uroflow meter).
250 hrs
Monitoring systems (e.g. End-tidal CO2 [EtCO2], ECG, Electroencephalogram [EEG], noninvasive blood pressure, invasive blood pressure, pulse oximetry, fetal monitoring, and respiration).
250 hrs
Therapeutic equipment (e.g., infant warmers, ultrasound therapy, hypo/hyperthermia, aspirators, sequential compression device (SCD), bilirubin light)
250 hrs
Life support equipment (e.g., defibrillators, anesthesia machines, ventilators, balloon pumps, external pacemakers).
250 hrs
Operating room equipment (e.g., electro surgical generators, video equipment, lasers, tourniquets, sterilizers, warmers).
250 hrs
Imaging devices: (e.g., general radiology, ultrasound, portables, radiographic/fluoroscopy, C-Arm, bone density, mammography, CV/IR/angiography, CT, SPECT CT, gamma cameras, MRI, linear accelerators)
250 hrs
Understands and applies NFPA99 codes to the maintenance of medical equipment.
250 hrs
Completes an electrical safety inspection according to NFPA 99 accepted standards and determine if it passes or fails.
250 hrs
Biomedical Equipment Technology: Tests, troubleshoots and PM the following equipment with the ability to identify the fault conditions and apply appropriate corrective actions - 64550 req. hrs
Infusion pumps
250 hrs
PCA infusion pumps
250 hrs
Feeding pumps
250 hrs
Syringe pumps
250 hrs
Pulse oximeters
250 hrs
Otoscope/ophthalmoscopes
250 hrs
Sphygmomanometers
250 hrs
Thermometers
250 hrs
Multiparameter physiological monitors and associated modules (peripheral capillary oxygen saturation [SpO2], temperature, invasive and non-invasive blood pressure [NIBP], respiration, ECG).
250 hrs
Telemetry monitors
250 hrs
Electric beds
250 hrs
ECG cart
250 hrs
Electronic blood pressure machines
250 hrs
Sequential Compression Devices (SCDs)
250 hrs
Bladder Scanners
250 hrs
Defibrillators
250 hrs
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
250 hrs
Video equipment
250 hrs
Endoscopy equipment
250 hrs
Electrical surgical units
250 hrs
Scales
250 hrs
Basic lab equipment, such as centrifuges, water baths, shakers, incubators, mixers, and electrophoresis devices.
250 hrs
Suction Units
250 hrs
Portable Patient Lift Equipment
250 hrs
Prioritizes repairs of medical devices based on level of risk and/or urgency.
250 hrs
Able to differentiate between a device error and a use error to determine appropriate action.
250 hrs
Able to differentiate between an issue within a local monitoring device on the network and a system-wide network problem.
250 hrs
Able to identify medical equipment that is capable of and utilized for interoperability features.
250 hrs
Is familiar with sterilizer equipment and understands its function and importance in the healthcare facility.
250 hrs
Is familiar with various analyzers found in a healthcare facility’s laboratory and what they are used for.
250 hrs
Is familiar with equipment found in a healthcare facility’s Radiology Department and knows what types of clinical procedures each is used for: general radiology, ultrasound, portables, radiographic/fluoroscopy, C-Arm, bone density, mammography, CV/IR/angiography, CT, SPECT CT, gamma cameras, MRI, and linear accelerators.
250 hrs
Is familiar with Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence technology and how it is used in healthcare.
250 hrs
Is familiar with available HTM guidance and resources for continual learning (e.g., 24x7, TechNation, ECRI’s Top 10 Hazards, the American College of Clinical Engineering [ACCE], local HTM associations, AAMI.
250 hrs
Information Technology - 82050 req. hrs
Understands and can differentiate between the roles and responsibilities of the IT and HTM departments
700 hrs
Understands the basic concepts of computer architecture and systems (e.g., processor, memory, input/output devices, and communication channels).
700 hrs
Demonstrates an understanding of the principles of computers, peripherals, networks and software. Is able to apply this understanding to applications within medical equipment and systems.
700 hrs
Able to initiate a repair/trouble ticket to the proper team responsible for addressing IT issues
700 hrs
Is familiar with the different types of computer/network connectors and cabling and knows how and when to use them.
700 hrs
Can identify and differentiate between different types of networks (e.g., Local Area Network [LAN], Wireless Local Area Network [WLAN], Virtual Private Network [VPN]).
700 hrs
Understands the different types of wireless connections available for medical devices (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.), their applications in healthcare, and their security features and risks.
700 hrs
Tests and troubleshoots network components (e.g., network interface card [NIC], switch, cable, hub, router, and modem).
700 hrs
Is familiar with Cybersecurity principles.
700 hrs
Able to identify equipment that can store ePHI (electronic protected health information) as well as the protocol for retiring this type of equipment.
700 hrs
Understands cybersecurity threats to networks such as ransomware, conficker worms, and various other ways hackers attempt unauthorized access to a control system device.
700 hrs
Understands the risks associated with plugging in personal devices (cell phones, universal serial bus [USB] drives) to hospital computers or medical devices.
700 hrs
Is familiar with the hospital’s policy (if one exists) for checking USB/external drives for viruses that are used by medical equipment service providers to upgrade and/or troubleshoot equipment.
700 hrs
Understands computer and device communications including network protocols and address schemes.
700 hrs
Is familiar with Manufacturer Disclosure Statement for Medical Device Security (MDS2) and Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
700 hrs
Is familiar with International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 80001: Application of Risk Management for IT-Networks Incorporating Medical Devices.
700 hrs
Is familiar with Health Level 7 (HL7) basics.
700 hrs
Is familiar with device integration and identifies medical equipment that is integrated within the electronic medical record (EMR).
700 hrs
Identifies and troubleshoots personal computer (PC) hardware and networking components (wired and wireless) with the use of cable tracers.
700 hrs
Identifies and troubleshoots PC hardware and networking components (wired and wireless) with use of Packet Internet Groper (PING).
700 hrs
Understands and applies the fundamentals of network configuration (e.g., Internet Protocol [IP] address, gateways, subnet addressing).
700 hrs
Able to configure medical devices (e.g., infusion pumps, ECG carts) to the healthcare facility’s wireless network.
700 hrs
Is aware of devices that contain ePHI and knows the proper sanitization methods to remove ePHI from any medical device before equipment leaves the facility for any reason.
700 hrs
Understands the healthcare facility’s IT change control process and attends at least one Change Control meeting.
700 hrs
Is familiar with the healthcare facility’s server room(s), how they are organized, and the healthcare facility’s security policy around service room access.
700 hrs
Communication Skills - 85950 req. hrs
Understands the basic principles of oral and written communication and can utilize them effectively.
300 hrs
Understands and effectively uses proper grammar, punctuation, and case in written communication.
300 hrs
Respects cultural diversity and communication.
300 hrs
Displays appropriate and professional verbal and non-verbal communications in all encounters.
300 hrs
Demonstrates proper, effective, and professional communication with all individuals encountered.
300 hrs
Understands the importance of email communication, how to use the organization’s email software, how to set up an “Out of Office” message during planned absence and create an e-mail signature.
300 hrs
Prepares appropriate work order documentation and written technical reports using the (CMMS).
300 hrs
Team communications are effective and obvious with regular interaction as well as hand offs and follow ups before and after planned absence.
300 hrs
Uses a working medical vocabulary that allows effective communication with clinical staff.
300 hrs
Listening skills are evident with a repeat back to the customer to ensure clear communication.
300 hrs
Presents technical information to a variety of clinical and non-clinical audiences.
300 hrs
Manages difficult conversations in a professional manner focusing on issue resolution.
300 hrs
Understands the importance of “closing the loop” when communicating with customers. After a customer reports an issue, resolution begins and customer/department is updated regularly, then when the issue is resolved, apprentice follows up with the person or the department leader who initiated call.
300 hrs
Professional Skills - 87150 req. hrs
Reports to work when scheduled, arrives and leaves on time, notifies supervisor when a change of schedule occurs.
100 hrs
Is appropriately dressed, hair and personal hygiene, aligned with dress code and facility expectations.
100 hrs
Follows directions, procedures, and safety guidelines.
100 hrs
Works side-by-side with a diverse staff in the healthcare environment.
100 hrs
Respects the rights of others, is a team player, is cooperative, collaborative, and respectful to others. Is assertive, displays customer service attitude, seeks opportunities to learn and is mannerly.
100 hrs
Is appropriate with culture, race, gender, age diversity: does not engage in mistreatment or harassment of any kind.
100 hrs
Demonstrates a positive attitude in all encounters. Consistently exhibits a strong work ethic.
100 hrs
Demonstrates time management skills, conserves materials and handles change constructively.
100 hrs
Exhibits emotional calm, patience, and problem-solving skills. Supportive of all staff and acts as a resource to peers. Appropriately handles criticism, conflicts, and complaints.
100 hrs
Understands ethics and how to address ethical issues in the workplace.
100 hrs
Exhibits time management skills including organization, goal setting, and planning abilities.
100 hrs
Responds appropriately and professionally to instructions and concerns of superiors, co-workers and other staff.
100 hrs