Biosciences Lab TechnicianUCSC Extension offers a full complement of bioscience programs and courses designed to meet the needs of Bay Area companies and industry professionals.

Taught by experts from Silicon Valley's thriving biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device sectors, our courses offer participants the knowledge base, industry perspectives and important connections needed to enhance careers and expand opportunities.

Whether you are interested in the scientific, clinical, computational or regulatory aspects of the bioscience field, studying at UCSC Extension will help you excel in this dynamic industry.

Online Courses Offered Winter 2017

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January 21—March 4

This course provides insight into the engineering value of design control throughout the medical device lifecycle as it pertains to product quality. You'll learn the nine design control elements needed to clarify design objectives, test products, and satisfy customer requirements, thereby shortening the path to product and business success.

January 23—February 13

This interactive course provides a landscape of the evolving mobile health technology sector with an explanation of the equally dynamic framework created by U.S. regulatory authorities that oversee this transforming area. Course focus is on the framework established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on past positions, current strategy and recommendations, and emerging regulatory issues, with several examples drawn from industry news.

January 23—April 10

This course covers the software validation requirements of Class II and III medical device software, mobile medical apps, medical device data systems, manufacturing software, automated test software, process software, quality system software and spreadsheets.

February 24—25

This course examines issues associated with the adoption of Electronic Data Capture (EDC) and offers the opportunity to use EDC software on classroom computers during simulated clinical trials.

March 13—17

The course benefits anyone working in the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries and the biomedical community who is interfacing with or conducting clinical research, including new clinical research associates and study coordinators; medical directors, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals; biomedical scientists; statisticians and database administrators; and business professionals.

Stanford Clinical Research Internship Opportunities for Extension Students

Through a special arrangement, qualifying graduates from our Clinical Trials Design & Management Certificate Program may bring their course work to life and gain valuable experience in a clinical research setting at Stanford University. Space is limited. If you'd like to apply, contact our staff at (408) 861-3862 or email

Considering a career in medicine?

Medical schools recommend that applicants study advanced topics in biosciences as they relate to health and disease. At UCSC Extension, we offer a variety of courses that fulfill the suggested electives for medical, dental, and veterinary colleges. Check out the available options in our Pre-Health Professions program.

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