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 Fall 2016

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Post-Market Regulatory Obligations for Medical Devices

November 12 - 19
Medical device manufacturers must follow certain requirements and regulations once devices are on the market. They must investigate complaints, set up and submit to the FDA's eMDR system for reporting device malfunctions and serious injuries or deaths; handle recalls; manage postmarket surveillance studies requirements under section 522 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, as well as post-approval studies required at the time of approval of a premarket approval (PMA); and handle advertising and promotional labeling in the context of reviewing clinical publication handout and marketing materials at conferences and other events. This practical course offers you the opportunity to apply these post-market regulatory requirements via individual in-class activities using case studies.

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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