Mar 4, 2022
Synopsis: Michelle chats with Danielle McGeary, Vice President of HTM for the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and Maggie Berkey, CBET, Senior Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) for CommonSpirit Health at the Good Samaritan campus in Nebraska, about AAMI’s innovative BMET Apprenticeship Program. McGeary and Berkey developed this program in collaboration with AAMI’s healthcare technology management community and the U.S. Department of Labor. The two-years program is a hybrid of on-the-job training and education (two college courses). Rural hospitals should consider taking advantage of this landmark initiative not only to help meet their short-term needs without having to retrain existing staff but also to deal with the issue of the long-term aging of the BMET workforce. The minimum eligibility requirements for entry into this nationally registered apprenticeship program, which is about six months old, are either a high school diploma or GED. An entry-level BMET begins at $25 per hour but eventually can make a six-figure yearly income. For more information about hosting or applying for the BMET Apprenticeship Program, visit https://www.aami.org/htm/bmet-apprenticeship.