MESA, Ariz. (Aug. 19, 2021) – Banner Health, in collaboration with Mesa Community College, is offering a way for people to get training for a job in the in-demand field of biomedical technology through a Biomedical Equipment Technology certification program now offered at MCC.
The MCC Biomedical Equipment Technology program introduces students to the technical knowledge and skills needed for entry-level positions such as troubleshooting, repairing and maintaining biomedical equipment used by hospitals, clinics, home healthcare providers, medical device manufacturers and repair companies. Coursework includes the study of electronics, networking, information security, human anatomy and physiology, and regulatory and healthcare delivery systems.
Students who complete the training will learn how to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers who are engaged in developing biological or medical systems and products.
“Banner is excited to be partnering with Mesa Community College for this first-of-its-kind program to help Arizona residents develop biomedical technical knowledge and skills that are in such high demand now. By taking classes and getting involved in internships, students can grow into having well-paid positions that can help make a difference in peoples’ lives,’’ said Perry Kirwan, vice president of Technology Management/ENTECH at Banner Health.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for medical equipment repairers will grow 19.1% over the next decade. EMSI Career Coach estimates that the median salary for medical equipment repairers in Maricopa County is $44,544.
“The MCC Biomedical Equipment Technology program helps meet increasing workforce needs in local Arizona hospitals,” said Michael Voss, dean of Instruction, Career and Technical Education. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students to kickstart a career in the medical field while making a living wage.”
About Banner Health
Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns and operates 30 acute-care hospitals, Banner Health Network, Banner – University Medicine, academic and employed physician groups, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services; including Banner Urgent Care, family clinics, home care and hospice services, pharmacies and a nursing registry. Banner Health is in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit bannerhealth.com.
About Mesa Community College
Mesa Community College is nationally recognized as an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College and is known for service learning, career and technical programs, civic engagement and innovative approaches to education. For more than 50 years, the college has served as a resource for career readiness, transfer education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Host to more than 30,000 students annually, MCC offers degree and certificate programs at its two campuses, additional locations and a combination of online formats. Through Guided Pathways with Integrated Support Services and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, MCC is transforming how it champions student success, college completion, university transfer and career attainment and advancement. MCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution and nearly 50% of its students are the first in their families to attend college. Its American Indian Institute serves students from the 22 federally recognized tribes of Arizona as well as out-of-state tribes. MCC has the largest indigenous student population of all the Maricopa Community Colleges. The diverse student body includes more than 300 international students from 55 countries. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training that empowers MCC students to successfully transfer to a university or compete in the workforce. Located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, on the traditional territories of the O'odham, Piipaash and Yavapi Peoples, MCC is one of 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. Visit mesacc.edu to learn more.