Medical Devices
Certificate Program

Medical Devices

From discovery to market

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Certificate Description

From tongue depressors to Fitbits

The program gives you a foundation to understand the development and commercialization of safe and effective medical devices and in vitro diagnostic devices (IVDs). Students learn to research, design, develop, regulate, test, and market new devices and biologics. Experienced and aspiring medical device professionals will gain insight into the technological, ethical, regulatory, and business aspects of the highly regulated medical device industry.

Medical Device certificate program objectives

  • Use nine elements of design control for medical devices
  • Navigate post-market regulatory requirements for devices
  • Market medical devices
  • Decode regulatory compliance, including medical device quality system regulations and ISO 13485
  • Explore the product development life cycle for medical devices
  • Set up and implement medical device verification and validation programs

Required Credits: Total Required: 17 units (7 courses). Take 5 core courses (12.5 units) and 2–3 elective credit courses (4.5 units). End with certificate of completion review.
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 12 months.


Course Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. Required Courses
Design Control for Medical Devices 2.0
Human Factors and Usability in Medical Device Development 2.0 Fall TBD
Quality Management Systems for Medical Devices: ISO 13485 and FDA Requirements 2.5
Regulation of Medical Devices and Diagnostics 3.0 Winter TBD
Risk Management for Regulated Industries 3.0
2. Elective Courses
European Medical Device Regulation: Clinical Evaluation and Post-Market Surveillance 3.0
Global Medical Device Submissions and Strategy 1.5
Medical Device Verification and Validation 1.5
Mobile Medical Applications 0.5 Winter TBD
Post-Market Regulatory Obligations for Medical Devices 1.5
Regulation of in vitro Diagnostics in Europe and the US 2.5
Validating Software for Medical Devices and Emerging Technologies 2.0
Value-Added Quality Audits 1.5
3. Fee for Certificate Review
Medical Devices Certificate Completion Fee None

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Requisite Knowledge

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.

Advisory Board

Kiran Gulati, Chair

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

Regulatory Affairs Consultant
Author, Instructor

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

Regulatory Counsel and VP Quality
Moximed, Inc.

Director, R&D
Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc.

Vice President, Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs
Outset Medical, Inc.

Declaring Candidacy

You can enroll in a certificate program any time during your studies.

Once you create your student account, you can enroll in a certificate program. Although you can enroll in a program at any time, the benefit of enrolling early is that it locks in your certificate requirements. This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you.

  • You must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.

You have a total of five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program.

All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within a five-year 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.

  • Enrolling in a certificate program does not trigger the beginning of the five-year window. It begins the first day of the first course that applies to a certificate program.
  • The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the five-year timeframe.

Grade Requirements

Please note that only letter grades of C- or higher may be applied to a certificate, and in some programs, students may have more stringent requirements. Students in most employer- and government-sponsored payment programs, such as workforce development, as well as international students on F-1 visas, need to maintain a B average to meet their requirements. Personal Financial Planning students have additional grade requirements for individual courses to attain a certificate.

See Grading and Credits Policy for further information.

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