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MCC fills industry void, launches Biomedical Technology certificate program

MCC fills industry void, launches Biomedical Technology certificate program

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MESA, Ariz. -- Aug. 18, 2021 -- Mesa Community College, in collaboration with Banner Health, establishes a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Biomedical Equipment Technology, the only program of its kind in Arizona.

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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for medical equipment repairers will grow 19.1% over the next decade.

“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.”

EMSI Career Coach reports the median salary for medical equipment repairers in Maricopa County is $44,544.

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.

Learn more about the Biomedical Equipment Technology program at mesacc.edu/programs/map/biomedical-equipment-technology-ccl.

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Media Contact: Dawn Zimmer, dawn.zimmer@mesacc.edu, 480-461-7892

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.

Mesa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) - https://www.hlcommission.org.

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin. A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the career and technical education programs of the District. MCCCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. For Title IX/504 concerns, call the following number to reach the appointed coordinator: (480) 731-8499. For additional information, as well as a listing of all coordinators within the Maricopa College system, visit http://www.maricopa.edu/non-discrimination.

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