Biomedical Equipment Students Traveled to Ohio for Specialized Training

Several Biomedical Equipment Technology students at Stanly Community College (SCC) were able to get top-notch training in Ohio. Radiological Service Training Institute (RSTI) is an internationally recognized school that specializes in X-Ray, CT, and MRI repair training for the medical industry. They offer advanced training in four levels, beginning with Phase I. Each year they conduct a Phase I training class especially for college students from around the country at their headquarters in Solon, Ohio. Typically their two week course is concentrated into six days and the tuition of $4,695 is reduced to $700 for current college students. This year, six Biomedical Equipment Technology students were able to attend, and for the third year in a row, SCC students earned top scores against University and other 4-year college students.

Congratulations to SCC students: Jovane Macias, Mark Dorr, Brittany Needham, Erica Leigh Douglas, Charles Sullivan, and Tim Blizzard, for representing SCC in such an outstanding manner. Most of these students will graduate this May with their degrees in Biomedical Equipment Technology.

Mark Dorr, who is currently doing his internship at Carolinas Healthcare System NorthEast, noted, “I feel that the training that I got at RSTI will help me in my new career as a Biomedical Equipment Technician.”

Brittany Needham said, “Going to RSTI has helped me to know that I would like to get further training on X-Ray machines. My experience with this whole program has been way more helpful then what I originally thought.” Jovane Macias, who will be undertaking his summer internship at Carolinas HealthCare System University, commented, “My time here at Stanly has been a great learning experience. I’ve made new friends and gained connections in the field which I hope to pursue in the future.”

Erica Leigh Douglas, who is currently doing her internship at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, noted, “This program has been a vital component to all of my future success as a technician. Sonny Richards, the program director, has always been willing to help his students succeed in their studies. There have been numerous times that Mr. Richards has contacted his professional associates to help aid in the future success of his students.”

Charles Sullivan, who is doing his internship at Carolinas HealthCare System University, commented, “I believe this program has given me the skills and knowledge I’ll need to do well in any career related opportunities on the outside. The RSTI training I received in Ohio really prepared me for any position that will involve working with X-Ray or radiology equipment. This includes troubleshooting, planned maintenance, as well as educating a customer, hospital or vendor on the use of X-Ray equipment and its internal workings.”

Tim Blizzard, who is currently doing his internship at Carolinas HealthCare System—Stanly Regional Medical Center, noted, “The faculty at SCC are well informed. Sonny Richards has taught me a lot of what I have experienced in the hospital internship this semester. The training I had at RSTI was a great learning experience.”

The Biomedical Equipment Technology curriculum prepares individuals to install, operate, troubleshoot and repair sophisticated devices and instrumentation used in the health care delivery system. Emphasis is placed on preventive maintenance and safety inspections to ensure biomedical equipment meets local and national safety standards.

Course work 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 forms. A biomedical equipment technician is a problem solver.

Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in hospitals, clinics, clinical laboratories, shared service organizations, and manufacturing field service. With an A.A.S. degree and two years of experience, an individual should be able to become a certified Biomedical Equipment Technician.

Contact Sonny Richards; Program Head/Instructor, Biomedical Equipment Technology at (704) 991-0277 or srichards5224@stanly.edu for more information.

Biomedical Equipment Students

Biomedical Equipment Technology students, left row—front to back: Charles Sullivan, Erica Douglas, and Tim Blizzard. Right row—front to back: Brittany Needham, Jovane Macias, and Mark Dorr.