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Introducing our recently refocused Medical Device Quality Design certificate focused on advancements in the healthcare industry. We now have two tracks for you to tailor your curriculum interest.
From tongue depressors to Fitbits
Digital health, smart wearable devices, medical device software and in-vitro diagnostics are just a few of the latest strides in the highly regulated healthcare industry.
The Medical Device Quality and Design certificate program prepares students by focusing on the latest technological and regulatory advancements in the field.
You'll study the front end of medical device design and development used to verify that design inputs meet design outputs, including:
- User needs,
- Risk management,
- Human factors, and
You will be exposed to the fundamentals and underlying concepts on how to demonstrate compliance with key regulations. (See learning outcomes below) Global harmonization quality compliance initiatives will also be addressed.
Two tracks of study
- Medical Device Quality Design
- Medical Device Software Quality
Based on your interests, you can choose the track that best suits your interest.
Medical Device Quality and Design learning outcomes
- Interpret and develop documentation that complies with
- U.S. FDA quality system requirements (21 CFR 820)
- European Medical Device Regulations (EU MDRS / IVDRS), ISO 13485
- Risk management (ISO 14971).
- Write a risk management plan and risk management report.
- Apply risk management principles to develop verification and validation plans for software and manufacturing processes.
- Develop a human factors usability plan.
- Interpret FDA guidelines and regulations and develop quality test plans for digital health and medical device software.
- Explain and apply risk management principles defined in ISO 14971 throughout the design and development lifecycle, such as product risk, software risk, and cybersecurity risk.
Find Your Job in Medical Device and Mobile Health
The mobile health space is exploding with life-enhancing innovations and new technology. FDA regulations are changing to adapt. How do you get into the medical device industry in a boom era? Industry experts Kiran Gulati and Prabhu Raghavan discuss emerging tech, science, and the regulatory know-how you need to get products to market, as well as job market trends and the education paths that will prepare you to succeed. (June 23, 2021)
Estimated Cost: Track 1: Starting at $4,845 • Track 2: Starting at $4,860. (You pay only for courses you enroll in.) | International Tuition Cost
Program Requirements: 6 courses (14 quarter units). Select one track of study.
Minimum Hours of Instruction: Minimum 140 hours of instruction.
Estimated Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 9–12 months.
1. Core Course(s): Track 1 Medical Device Quality Design - 14 Units
2. Core Course(s): Track 2 Medical Device Software Quality - 14 Units
3. Completion Review:
4. Related Course(s): These Courses Are Not Part of The Certificate Program
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Prepare for certification. Earn credit toward recertification
Helps prepare professionals with three to five years in the regulatory field for the Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) exam, the only post-academic professional credential for regulatory professionals in the healthcare product sector.
Programs related to the scope of regulatory practice as defined by the RAPS competency model and/or the RAC content outlines that meet the RAC recertification requirements are eligible to earn RAC recertification credits. A full-day program may qualify for six credits per day. There is a 12-credit maximum for a multi-day event. For more information on how many points can be earned, see the RAC recertification guide.
Recommended Course Sequence
Please follow this sequence. Students new to the industry should begin with Quality Systems for Medical Devices FDA QSR and ISO 13485 (formerly Medical Device Quality Systems) followed by Regulation of Medical Devices and Diagnostics. For those with experience in this field, courses can be taken in any order provided the prerequisites are met.
An introductory course to medical devices regulation or Medical Devices: Regulatory Strategies and Marketing Pathways taken within the last five years fulfills the requirement of Regulation of Medical Devices and Diagnostics.
You may take one elective outside the certificate curriculum, if you receive prior approval from the Academic Services Department.
Please review the course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education.
Statistics knowledge: You will need an understanding of statistics for this program. UCSC Extension offers Statistics.
Certificate Program Chair
KIRAN GULATI, RAB-LA, M.B.A., is a management consultant with more than 25 years' experience in quality systems and process improvement for the medical device and biotech sectors. She has held positions at Genentech and McGhan Medical (formerly Collagen Corporation), where she managed the auditing and quality system training functions and has extensive experience designing and training for companies in domestic and international settings. Since 2001, she has helped medical device startups and established companies achieve successful results during ISO 13485, CE Mark assessments, and FDA audits. Gulati has served as chair of RAPS San Francisco Bay Area chapter and is currently on the RAPS North American Advisory Board. She has been a speaker at conferences sponsored by the Institute of Validation Technology (IVT) and the ASQ Silicon Valley Division. She has taught for UCSC Extension since 2006 and serves on the advisory boards for the UCSC Extension Medical Devices and Regulatory Affairs certificate programs.
Certificate Program Advisory Committee
MEREDITH BROWN-TUTTLE, BA, RAC, FRAPS
Regulatory Affairs Consultant
KIRAN GULATI, RAB-LA, M.B.A.,
Principal Medical Device Consultant/Exemplar Medical Device Lead Auditor
Kiran Gulati & Associates
Program Chair, Regulatory Affairs, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension
Program Chair, Medical Devices, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension
NANCY E. ISAAC, JD, MPH
Regulatory Counsel and VP Quality
NIRANJAN MAHARAJH, MS, BS
Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc.
JENNIFER MASCIOLI-TUDOR, MBA, BS
Vice President, Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs
Outset Medical, Inc.
Establish candidacy in a certificate or specialization
Once you create your student account, you can establish candidacy in a certificate or specialization program any time during your studies.
The benefits of enrolling early
- Lock in your certificate requirements.This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you
- Receive program updates
- Set your intention
- It’s free
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You have five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program or three years to finish up a specialization program.
All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within this window.* The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2017, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.
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