LASER MAINTENANCE & REPAIR TRAINING
The Laser Training InstituteTM
Professional Medical Education Assn, inc
- not-for-profit continuing education, est. 1978 -
Professional Medical Education Association is a NON-PROFIT, 501(C)3 TAX EXEMPT ORGANIZATION.
(Tax ID: 31-1014446)
We are affiliated with, but independent of, the non-profit NATIONAL COUNCIL ON LASER CERTIFICATION
Copyright © 2015 by "Professional Medical Education Assn, Inc"
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Medical & Aesthetic Laser Maintenance and Repair
Seven day course given quarterly in Columbus, Ohio - est. originally in 1984
Click on the "Seminar Dates" at left to check dates.
$6550, discounts available (see below)
Includes 8 hotel nights and most meals
A "Laser Mechanics" Class
For Hospital based Biomedical Engineers,
and Office based Aesthetic Practice Technicians & Owners
YES! You can learn to maintain and repair your own lasers! These are primarily directed toward Biomedical Engineers working in hospitals and medical facilities, but anyone that is technically inclined can learn to perform regular preventive maintenance and front line troubleshooting of lasers. We have technicians come from aesthetic laser practices, and occassionally even individual physicians. No special licensing or permissions are required from government agences nor the laser manufacturer (kind of like working on your own car). The more you know about optics and electronics the better you will do in the long term, but all you really need to know for regular laser maintenance is basic electricity and how to use a meter, and basic mechanical systems like plumbing and cooling systems. This is NOT a Laser Engineering Course. It is a Laser Mechanics course to teach you how to fix your own lasers and save lots of money. The course will integrate you into a network of laser service and parts providers that can help back you up when you need it. Faculty offer free advice after the training on a limited basis, but will offer you good rates to come in as your service backup as well. Laser Certification exams are optionally provided at the end of each week long course.
Our seven day school is designed to teach hands-on procedures (alignments, calibrations, optics assembly & cleaning, etc.) to the electronically experienced biomedical engineer. The first four days of the program focuses on the CORE laser & optical components and subassemblies that are common to all laser systems (like a general mechanics class for cars). This allows the engineer to provide the periodic maintenance on ALL of their hospital laser systems, and provide front line service repair on most. This is accomplished through extensive hands-on work with CO2, Argon and Nd:Yag laser systems which are representative of the majority of subassemblies in ALL lasers. The last three days of the program delve into more depth with some specific laser systems, and spends more time with ophthalmic laser systems including Q-switched Yags, and the surgical Ho:Yag. Procedures on the KTP, Pulsed dye and Alexandrite lasers are reviewed in demonstration and VideoConference. Specific procedures on additional models of lasers will also be performed, and these additional models will rotate and change from course to course. The weeklong program will cover theory on laser biophysics, more advanced laser physics and laser electro-optics, and biological effects and surgical techniques which are all included on various sections of the NCLC laser certification exam. An adequate faculty to student ratio is always maintained by expanding faculty based upon course registration to keep it approximately 4 students average per faculty. Most classes average 8-12 students. An intensive review session is held at the end of the class in preparation for the Laser Certification exam, for those taking it. Don't expect to be a laser expert at the end of the course, but you can expect to be able to provide your normal laser preventive maintenance, frontline troubleshooting and replacement of standard components like flashlamps, dye cartridges, deionizer cartridges and optics.
This is a comprehensive program on Laser Repair. It starts at the beginning and sets the foundation for learning laser optics and subassemblies in most systems, and teaches "bread and butter" alignments, PM's and troubleshooting on the "mainstay" lasers. It then focuses on more specific types of lasers and more in-depth procedures on ophthalmic lasers and systems such as Pulsed Dye and KTP lasers. The course emphasizes "hands-on" with LOTS of touching and doing, and works toward developing an underlying understanding of lasers and maintenance procedures, rather than rote rule memorization. This is truly a "Laser Mechanics" course.
ADVANCED TRAINING - MAKE/MODEL SPECIFIC: Our week long course described above is the general laser repair course and will get you started with PM's and basic front line repairs on most of your lasers. We do offer separate Make/Model specific training and the general course is a pre-requisite to being accepted into these advanced classes. These can be done either on-site at your facility, or are given periodically in our Marathon Florida office, but are available only to alumni of the general Laser Repair Course.
Pricing and Discounts:
$6550 includes the course, 8 hotel nights, all breakfasts and lunches, and one group dinner, plus the fee for the NCLC Laser Certification exams if taken.
a $600 discount is provided for payments received by us 20 days or more in advance.
(additional discounts are offered for multiple attendees at one course from the same facility - call us)
Full payment is required prior to attendance at the program.
(*Purchase orders should be made out for the full course fee of $6550, and the invoice will state the discount that may be taken by these dates. Registrants from outside the United States will be required to submit payment in US Dollars prior to the course, in order to guarantee the hotel reservation - this prepayment also qualifies them for the applicable discount)
COMPLETE TRAVEL PACKAGE - We no longer offer a bundled package for travel that would include airfares and car rentals, primarily because we have had problems receiving government and hospital payments in a timely fashion. Our standard course though does include the hotel and most meals already. Arriving students should book their airfares and car rental (if needed) separately.
Click for a detailed outline. Due to the unpredictable nature of some of our technical work, this schedule is adjusted on an as-needed basis during the week.
The course ordinarily starts on a Monday morning (sometimes shifts because of holidays). We finish with most things by Saturday, and use Sunday morning for the Certification Review session with testing given later that morning going into the afternoon. Some people may finish as early as 2pm, but you can't count on that. Count on being there until 5pm at the latest. Your hotel is covered until the next morning anyway.
Faculty: - Click here for a faculty information page with more biographical and contact information for each faculty:
Not all faculty members are present for each course, but an adequate faculty/student ratio is maintained - about 1 to 4 overall for the course.
Dan Little - WorldLink Biomedical, NY
Gregory Absten - Professional Medical Education Assn, FL
Herb Deigl - Universal Medical Lasers, FL
Keith Stechow - Surgical Laser Services, OH
Jim McDaniel - West Coast Lasers, CA
Don Cielsielski - Experience-The Solution, Chicago IL
Rotating or Past Faculty Members:
Ken Karst - K2 Imaging, and MedCentral Health System, Granville OH
Sydney Sukuta - San Jose Community College, San Jose CA
John McCauley - Ophir Spiricon, Indianapolis, IN
Eric Absten - Professional Medical Education Assn, OH
Chris Zelich - PhotoVac Laser, Grove City OH
John Abel - EA Services, Penn Argyle PA
Terry Storer - The Laser Medic, Bedford TX
Tom Woodward - GE Clinical Services, AL
Frank Lazaro - Aerospace Guidance and Metrology Center, Newark OH
Angel Rodriguez, Del Ray Beach FL
Ken May, Laser-Med Services, Greater NYC area
Tom Enneking, Mt Carmel Hospital, Columbus OH
Steven Jones, Independent Service, Indianapolis IN
What You Get:
- Seven Day Course. Printed b/w course manuals. Electronic color pdf copy of the powerpoint presentations and course manuals.
- Hotel for 8 nights - Drury Inn Convention Center, downtown Columbus Ohio
- All breakfasts, lunches and one group dinner
- Laser Repair Technician Certification Exam - through the NCLC. Taken at the option of the attendee, but included with the course.
- Misc laser resources and materials provided on a memory stick for each student (articles, laser videos, presentations, etc)
- Access to faculty on an ongoing basis for continued support. Basic phone support for free and service backup at competetive rates.
- Eligibility to register for individual "Advanced" training on specific makes/models of lasers, at your own facility or the faculty's. (must be an alumni to be eligible)
Accredited for 48 hours Continuing Education Units. BMED's may individually submit application to AAMI for their credits.
Certificate of Laser Training provided.
Laser Certification Exams
The various Laser Certifications offered through the NCLC are voluntary professional credentials. They are not a requirement to perform Laser Maintenance and Repair, but do reflect a higher level of knowledge to the holder of the Certification. This course does qualify one to sit for the NCLC Laser Repair Technician Certification at the course end, and the testing/application fee is covered as part of this course. Participants are encourage to download and read the Laser Certification Handbook for details including the discussion of "Certification Candidates" vs full Certification.
Drury Inn and Suites Columbus Convention Center - We book your hotel for the repair course.
This is in the downtown "Entertainment District", with lots to do.
88 E. Nationwide Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43215
*Note - we prepay the hotel costs for you and make all arrangements, so don't book rooms separately.
Actual Classes are held in our office at:
3136 Broadway, Suite 101
Grove City, OH 43123
Transportation: We'll all meet in the lobby of the hotel the first day. Most people will have rental cars so we'll car pool all week to the classroom which is about 15 minutes away.
If you don't have a car we'll find transportation for you, including driving in with our faculty staying at the hotel. You will still need a shuttle to the hotel from the airport.
CLICK HERE for our full refund policy. In a nutshell - Due to the high costs and small size of these classes, the repair classes are noncancellable and nonrefundable once the registration has been made. Your registration is a committment to attend so please do not register until you are ready. Substitutions of the student attending may be made at any time prior to the start of the program. In severe extenuating circumstances we will consider substituting a later course, provided that the "lost" costs of the hotel is covered by the participant. We pay the complete hotel bill in advance once the registration is received.
at time of attendance