You don't need a degree to become a Biomed at Fresenius. It does help though. We had a CCHT apply for the BMET position in our area and he got the job. I guess it just depends on the ATOM and RTOM to take a chance on you. The guy they hired in our area had a pay jump from CCHT to Biomed and does not even know how to use a multimeter. Its and insult to the other guys the have been there like 25 years or more. But I would say apply and hopefully the managers will give you a chance. Good luck!
I went to school to be an automotive dealership technician, I have an associates in applied sciences. I realized I liked working on my cars but not other peoples and the brand I worked for didn't break so I wasn't really making good money...lot of other reasons that job wasn't working out but won't get into that. After that I then worked as a unit clerk in a hospital for over 10 years. unit clerks went the way of the dinosaurs so I then became a dialysis pct. I did that for one year but was really always preferring technical jobs. I had spoken to one of the biomeds at that job...she and I actually both applied for the biomed job at the same time but she had either a degree or experience so I got the pct job and she got the biomed job (no hate). After a year of being a pct she told me of a biomed job opening within our company and encouraged me to apply, I did and got it. During the interview I do recall my degree not being in biomed seemed to be an issue, but I still got the job.
MOST places the folks I work with had biomed associates degrees, either just school or through the military, haven't really met any who took my route. After that first job each job afterwards noted the degree as being an associates in sciences but my experience was more important than what the associates was in, they DID bring up it wasn't in biomed but the experience made up for it.
If you can get in with the biomeds and get a referral you might be able to get a job that way like I did. Otherwise getting the biomed degree would be best, or go the military route if you can...I really can't think of anyone but me in biomed that I've personally worked with who went the route I did.
** I'd add that dialysis is a subset of biomed and there are fewer jobs in dialysis. My first "general" biomed job was intimidating even though I had done dialysis for several years. That helped me learn the job faster but the two aren't the same really...similar but not the same. My current job I do both dialysis and "general" biomed and I'm glad for it because if needed I can apply with more varied companies, either dialysis or general biomed.
Each is equally difficult and challenging but, as I said, even though I was a dialysis biomed for several years I was a rookie general biomed. Most places you're one or the other so I really like that I do both.