UVU To Meet Science Industry Demand With New Graduate Certificate
July 31, 2014
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton | 801-863-6807
In an effort to meet the critical shortage of talent in the life sciences areas in Utah, Utah Valley University will begin offering a new graduate certificate in regulatory affairs this fall. UVU is the only academic institution in Utah that will offer this program.
Accessible to graduates with baccalaureate degrees in science- or technology-related areas, this new program will help fill an immediate and growing talent need for Utah’s life science companies. With frequent changes in laws and regulations in this industry, the need for regulatory affairs and quality assurance professionals is in high demand. The Regulatory Affairs Graduate Certificate, which will take a year to complete, provides students with the skills required to interpret and manage regulatory issues that are critical for the life sciences industry in Utah.
“UVU has a great model for hands-on learning and offered to launch this program,” said Haven McCall, director of the program. “This is a graduate program with classes taught by senior-level professionals working in the biotech industry. They bring real work experience into the classroom in a way that allows the students to learn by application. It prepares them for regulatory and quality positions in the FDA-regulated industry.”
This program, which benefits Utah’s life science companies (medical device, diagnostics, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, natural products and dietary supplements), will address a significant unmet need, said McCall. Data from the Utah Department of Workforce Services Labor Market reports an average of 70 jobs posted annually for regulatory affairs and quality assurance.
Companies regulated by the Food and Drug Administration need regulatory affairs and quality assurance professionals to ensure they remain compliant with U.S. laws and regulations, said McCall. The kinds of jobs that can be pursued with this certification are regulatory affairs specialists, regulatory affairs coordinators, quality assurance specialist and quality systems analysts.
McCall anticipates three types of students to enter the program: 1) recent graduates with an undergraduate degree who want focused education in this area, 2) working adults who want to pursue a career move to regulatory affairs or quality assurance and need the education to do so, and 3) currently working regulatory affairs and quality assurance professionals who are interested in gaining an academic credential in these focus areas of their careers.
For more information, email RAProgram@uvu.edu.