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.

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Design Control for Medical Devices
April 24 - June 12
The successful development of medical devices requires that the design be controlled to ensure product safety and that the device can fulfill its intended use. This course provides a practical understanding of the engineering value of design control throughout the product lifecycle as it pertains to product quality.
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Stem Cell Biology
April 23 - June 4
This course prepares students conceptually and technically for the emerging stem cell and biologics therapy market.
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Preparing for FDA Inspections and Conducting Sponsor Audits
May 2 - 10
This course helps participants prepare for FDA inspections and conduct sponsor audits. Topics include investigator and sponsor/monitor inspections; how and when inspections occur; FDA inspection procedures and practices; conducting sponsor audits and inspections; interacting professionally with inspectors; and responding effectively to inspectors' observations.
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Clinical Data Management
May 3 - 17
Taking a hands-on approach, this course provides a solid understanding of the steps involved in clinical data management from study site data collection through data extraction for analysis.
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Clinical Trials Site Monitoring I
May 30 - June 14
This course introduces the essential elements of monitoring a clinical trial and delineates the roles and responsibilities of the sponsor, study site and the FDA. Participants gain insight into the interactions between sponsors and study sites.
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Document Preparation: Protocols, Reports, Summaries
June 7 and 28
This course provides insight into the preparation of effective documentation for clinical trials, including study protocols, reports, and summaries. Participants have opportunities to create sample documents and apply the rules governing clinical trial documentation.
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Stanford Clinical Research Internship Program for UCSC Extension's Clinical Trials Design & Management Certificate Program Graduates

Qualifying graduates from the Clinical Trials Design & Management Certificate Program may have the opportunity to bring their course work to life and gain valuable experience in a clinical research setting at Stanford. Space is limited. If interested, please contact (408) 861-3862 or email

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