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There is no room for error in the orthopedic/medical device manufacturing environment. Patient safety and company reputation are on the line, and effective quality systems and practices must be in place and followed every day to maximize productivity and device effectiveness. This dynamic, high-stakes environment needs medical device professionals who are trained in quality management to help ensure excellence in all critical processes, including design, manufacturing, record keeping, complaint handling, auditing and testing, and vendor relations.
Grace College’s GOAL (Grace Opportunities for Adult Learners) program is created just for students balancing work and personal commitments while pursuing an education. Our online Bachelor of Science in Quality Management program offers flexible courses, so you can complete coursework at your leisure.
The Bachelor of Science in Quality Management program at Grace College is designed to prepare adults with the knowledge and skills to pursue careers in the orthopedic/medical device industry. The highly trained instructors at Grace College will give you all the tools you need to enter this rewarding and challenging career field.
“I was really excited when Grace offered the GOAL program, and working with a lot of other people who were doing the same thing as me.” Dee Anna Muraski Associate Director of Internships
In this course, students will learn to analyze, construct, and deliver a variety of presentations required in the modern workplace. Emphasis will be on practicality and individual growth. Three hours.
Students will gain experience with and knowledge of concepts related to diversity in the workplace. Special emphasis is placed on understanding personality preferences. Group dynamics such as power, perception, motivation, leadership, and decision-making are analyzed through readings, written assignments, and class discussion. Three hours.
Students will build a writing portfolio for diverse audiences and purposes. A writing rubric will ensure strong ideas, logical organization, conversational voice, clear words, smooth sentences, correct copy, and a reader-friendly design. Computer tools will be used to create and enhance written messages that meet the needs of today’s fast-paced business environment. Three hours.
In this course, students will examine adult developmental stages including physical, cognitive, personality, social, and moral development.
Students will receive a comprehensive overview to quality management in general, with specific applications made to the medical device industry. Case histories and in-class exercises will help demonstrate these critically important concepts. Students will also be introduced to key regulations that guide quality management efforts. Three hours.
The study of organizational development explores how companies must adapt to ever-changing internal and external environments in order to thrive in today’s economy. Change strategies and intervention processes will be studied so students can apply practical solutions to various organizational challenges in case histories and in their own workplaces. Leadership and teamwork will be explored in the context of organizational development. Three hours.
Statistical information is used extensively in quality management and students will be exposed to the core concepts, formulas, and applications used in statistical analysis. Software tools will be explored and students will have an opportunity to apply conceptual information to real-world medical device scenarios. Three hours.
Quality management begins at the design stage. Engineers must know how to build and manage the design history file so that key decisions and findings are recorded accurately. Students will build a DHF in a team environment and will apply project management principles over the span of this course. Three hours.
Managerial Economics is a course designed to prepare students to understand the economic system and its effect on individuals as consumers, producers and citizens. Students learn these key economic principles: central vs. de-central government, inflation vs. deflation, saving vs. spending, Austrian Economics vs. Keynesian Economics. Students also learn the relationship of the government’s budget to their personal budget and create a personal, budget plan. All topics are presented in an engaging, organic, easy to understand format.
Quality management must extend to external partners including vendors, suppliers, and contract manufacturers. This course explores those critically important external relationships and the safeguards that must be in place for maintaining the highest levels of quality across the entire supply chain. Three hours.
Once a device is released to the market, some of the most challenging quality management work is required. Students will be exposed to situations that require close monitoring and ongoing communication with manufacturing partners, physicians, patients, and regulating bodies so that issues can be resolved effectively. Three hours.
This course is an introductory survey analyzing the three fundamental forms of financial statements: Balance Sheet, Income Statement, and Cash Flow Statement. Interpretive skill set development will focus on strategic planning, assessing risk, and applying effective budgeting controls. Three hours.
Students will learn how to use mathematics, statistics, and various computer packages to solve common business problems. Three hours.
This course will primarily focus on understanding and utilizing information technology and information systems within the organization from a managerial perspective. Three hours.
This culmination experience will enable students to select individualized activities that demonstrate their practical managerial skills in the workplace. Three hours.
Those looking for success not only need to be open to change but also need to embrace it. Without a strong basis in adaptability, a businessperson may find themselves far behind the curve before they can realize it.