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Medical Devices
Certificate Program

Medical Device Quality and Design

From discovery to market

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Certificate Description

Certificate Update
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
  • Methodologies.

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

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Estimated Cost (You pay only for courses you enroll in): Track 1: $4,845 • Track 2: $5,605 | International Tuition Cost
Required Credits: Total Required: 14 units (6 courses). Select one track of study.
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 12 months.


Course Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. Core Course(s): Track 1 Medical Device Quality Design - 14 Units
Human Factors and Usability in Medical Device Development 2.0
Medical Device Process Validation 2.0 Fall TBD
Quality Management Systems for Medical Devices: ISO 13485 and FDA Requirements 3.0
Regulation of in vitro Diagnostics in Europe and the US 2.5
Risk Management for Regulated Industries 3.0
Value-Added Quality Audits 1.5
2. Core Course(s): Track 2 Medical Device Software Quality - 14 Units
Design Control for Medical Devices 2.0
European Medical Device Regulation: Clinical Evaluation and Post-Market Surveillance 3.0
Mobile Health: The Evolving Industry and Regulatory Landscape 1.0
Quality Management Systems for Medical Devices: ISO 13485 and FDA Requirements 3.0
Risk Management for Regulated Industries 3.0
Validating Software for Medical Devices and Emerging Technologies 2.0
3. Completion Review:
Medical Devices Certificate Completion Fee None
4. Related Course(s): These Courses Are Not Part of The Certificate Program
Clinical Trials Essentials: An Intensive One-Week Course 3.5
Post-Market Regulatory Obligations for Medical Devices 1.5

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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.

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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
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  • Receive program updates
  • Set your intention
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To complete a program, you must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.

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.


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.

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* Students participating in a special program, such as workforce, international, Personal Financial Planning, or curriculum partner programs (Udacity, Microfacturing Institutes) may have a shorter completion requirement.

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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.

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