Biomedical Equipment Graduate Thrives in the Field
Erica Douglas poses with her son after earning her Biomedical Equipment Technology Degree from Stanly Community College.
Albemarle, NC - In 2014, Erica Douglas served as a student ambassador while attending Stanly Community College (SCC). Faculty and staff quickly recognized she was an outstanding student that would excel towards her academic dreams. After earning her Biomedical Equipment Technology (BMET) degree from SCC in 2015, Erica decided to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Engineering Technology Management at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). It comes as no surprise that this unique individual is nominated as one of IUPUI’s top 100 students for 2018.
As a mother and a part-time student, Erica also works full-time for Aramark Healthcare Technologies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She works with a team of technicians to ensure that all hospital medical equipment operates to manufacturer and clinical expectations. “Before I graduated from SCC, I had been accepted into the biomedical engineering program at North Carolina A&T State University. However, a month before my graduation, the BMET program director advised me of a job opening in Chapel Hill, so I decided to interview for the position. I instantly fell in love with the large and chaotic campuses at the UNC Hospitals. When the position was offered to me, I gladly accepted it. As a biomedical equipment technician for Aramark Healthcare Technologies, I learned that I could pursue my Bachelor of Science at IUPUI and Aramark Healthcare Technologies would cover the tuition. I had my start date for my new position with Aramark Healthcare Technologies before I graduated from SCC,” she explained. Erica says she loves her work because she is able to get involved in both the technical and clinical settings. “I really enjoy the work that I do. It’s especially gratifying knowing that my work makes it easier for patients to receive the best care possible at UNC Hospitals,” she said.
Erica remembers being inspired to enroll in the BMET program at SCC because of the employment opportunities and good pay. “The ability to provide financial support for my son inspired me to pursue my degree. SCC is one of three institutions in North Carolina to have an accredited Biomedical Equipment Technology program,” she added.
Erica insists it was well worth the hour drive each way to campus in order to complete the BMET program. “It wasn’t always easy for me, but I’m very thankful and want to recognize the instructors who had a great impact on my success. I have never had instructors that were as encouraging and supportive of my educational and career goals as the instructors at SCC. One of my favorite things about SCC is the fact that the campus is small and everyone knows everyone. SCC has a beautiful campus, down-to-earth faculty, and a ‘small-town feel’ type of atmosphere. I found the relationships that I developed with the faculty to have a great impact on my academic success.”
SCC’s Biomedical Equipment Technology curriculum prepares individuals to install, operate, troubleshoot, and repair sophisticated devices and instrumentation used in the healthcare delivery system. Emphasis is placed on preventive and safety inspections to ensure biomedical equipment meets local and national safety standards. Coursework provides a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, electronics, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and troubleshooting techniques. People skills are very important as well as the ability to communicate both in written and oral form. A biomedical equipment technician is a problem solver.
In addition to the Associate in Applied Science degree in Pharmacy Technology, SCC also offers a diploma and a tuition-waived program for Career & College Promise (high school juniors and seniors). There are seats available for the January cohort.
Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in hospitals, clinics, clinical laboratories, shared service organizations, and field service for manufacturers. For more information, contact Steven Eury, SCC BMET Program Director, at (704) 991-0277 or firstname.lastname@example.org.