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2016-2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bio-Medical Electronics Technology


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This certificate prepares students for employment in health care environments where they would be expected to conduct biomedical equipment maintenance, repair, calibration and support.

For more information about the Bio-Medical Electronics Technology certificate, please visit our website at https://dmacc.edu/programs/esst.

Locations: Ankeny

Students start Fall semester

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.
  4. Students should provide evidence of completion of the DMACC Diploma of Electronics Fundamentals   or a college degree (AAS, AS, Bachelor or higher) in Electronics.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Bio-Medical Electronics Technology certificate, a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Semester 1


****Semester 1 courses are completed by satisifying the Electronics Fundamentals diploma entry requirement.****

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 37


Fixed Costs


Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$147.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs


  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books *** 300 300
Supplies *** 150 150

*** indicates costs incurred meeting entry requirements for the certificate

Approximate total for the program: $6,339*

*Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate costs.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?


  • Install, service and repair a wide variety of medical and non-medical electronics/electromechanical equipment. 
  • Graduates may work in a hospital, for medical equipment resellers, medical equipment manufacturers, as field service engineers for manufacturers or service companies.
  • Perform safety and preventive maintenance following company, manufacturers and accepted standards.
  • Maintain accurate equipment and service documentation according to company policy and accepted standards.
  • Evaluate equipment for suitability and serviceability.
  • Train staff and others on the proper user of equipment.
  • Interact with management, staff, coworkers and other trades.
  • Perform on-call duties as required.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?


  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of electronics, physics, mathematics, computers, networking and a variety of equipment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, HIPPA regulations and safety protocols such as universal precautions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of test equipment used for testing, calibrating, safety testing and maintaining medical and non-medical electronic equipment.
  • Apply knowledge to problems with the operation, installation, safety, maintenance, and repair of equipment used in a medical environment.
  • Demonstrate ability to understand technical manuals, reference material, and training classes to upgrade existing skills and learn new skills.
  • Communicate with mangers and staff regarding the safe operation, installation, and modification of medical electronic systems.

What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?


  • Demonstrate the ability to be a “self-starter”.
  • Possess a strong personal commitment to succeed as a Biomedical Equipment Technician of Field Service Engineer.
  • Possess a desire to continue to update skills through self-training, vendor training, in-house training and/or coursework.
  • Salary: $15 to $22+ per hour.

Nondiscrimination Policy


Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in employment, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator may be contacted at 515-964-6857.  For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850. (2016)

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