General Richard B Myers Veterans Program
Since 2006, The MediSend Biomedical Equipment Technology School has trained and equipped professional biomedical equipment technicians for healthcare systems worldwide. The General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program will offer MediSend's leading biomedical training curriculum to returning U.S. veterans. Veterans will graduate from the accredited program in six months as qualified biomedical equipment technicians, prepared to enter a growing field with future potential for advancement.
"We all share a commitment to repay our veterans for their honorable service with the future they deserve. Veterans know how to work in a team environment. They can bring a sense of leadership and dignity to any organization. MediSend's elite training program will create viable job opportunities and the potential for a lifetime of increased earning power for these men and women. It is an investment in the future for individuals who have served their country and protected our security both here and abroad. Mary Jo and I have long supported the fine work of MediSend worldwide and could not be more proud that the Veterans Program will bear my name."
General Richard B. Myers, USAF Retired
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 2001-2005
MediSend's expertise in training students with diverse experiences and backgrounds makes the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program distinctively suited to maximize the technical skills, leadership attributes and varied experiences that our veterans will bring into the program. The result will be well-trained, highly productive individuals with the precise skills needed by a wide variety of employers, such as hospitals, manufacturing industries and independent service organizations.
- As many as 250,000 recent veterans are searching for jobs across the country, and more are expected to join them as the U.S. scales back its military presence in the Middle East.
- Many returning veterans will be seeking additional skills to expand career opportunities.
- Employment of biomedical equipment technicians is projected to grow 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the number of job openings in the biomedical equipment repair field is expected to outnumber qualified applicants.
- Traditional training channels (universities, colleges) average 24-30 months for completion of training and re-entry into the job market.
The General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program will apply MediSend's unique Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) curriculum and core expertise to address two key challenges - improving viable job opportunities for our veterans, and ensuring that the U.S. healthcare system will have the skilled technicians needed to deliver safe and reliable care. The MediSend BMET curriculum is approved by the US BMET Board of Examiners and the United States Certification Commission. After two years of BMET work experience, graduates of the program are eligible for a Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET) certification. The program will commence in January 2013.
Definition of short-term success:
- Veterans complete training and are prepared to enter a professional job market within 6 months rather than 24-30 months in traditional channels.
- Veterans achieve CBET certification eligibility 2 years sooner than in traditional channels, increasing their overall earning potentital.
- Veterans are trained in a growing field with many opportunities for career development.
Definition of long-term success:
- Lower unemployment rates for trained veterans
- Increased earning potential among trained veterans due to accelerated certification
- A larger base of qualified biomedical equipment technicians to fill open job positions, as the market requires.
- Hospitals and manufacturers benefit from an increased level of highly skilled and qualified labor.
Outcomes are assured by:
- A thorough admissions and entrance evaluation process
- Regular testing of knowledge, competency and practical skills throughout the program
- Post-graduation surveys to identify employment status and salary data
- Project metrics measuring the number and percentage of graduates employed compared to national/regional veteran employment statistics and the percentage working in the biomedical field