Medical Plastics, Certificate

Program Code: MEDPLS_UCT

Program Description

Plastics play a critical role in a growing medical industry. A significant portion of medical devices, prosthetics, implants, tools and packaging of devices and products are dependent on plastics. Many of products could not exist, or cost would be excessive, without plastics. Medical plastics is a subset of the larger plastics industry and represents a strong growth area. Medical plastics usage is expected to increase approximately 7% per year over at least the next five years. Medical plastics also represents a large opportunity for domestic plastics manufacturers as there is a general resistance to outsourcing this production due to concerns over the quality and safety of third-world suppliers.

What are Medical Plastics?

Plastic materials are lightweight, flexible, easily shaped, and can be kept sterile, making them a no-brainer element for creating implantable medical devices and prosthetics. The certificate in Medical Plastics explores issues related to plastics’ use in medicine, including product design, materials choice, manufacturing options, and FDA regulations.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You are interested in the intersections of engineering and medicine.
  • You’d like to help people with serious medical issues.
  • You are majoring in Plastics Engineering Technology.

Program Requirements

To earn an undergraduate certificate in Medical Plastics, a minimum of 14 credits is required.

Prescribed Courses
PLET 497Special Topics (Plastics Product Development)3
PLET 497Special Topics (Medical Product Development)1
PLET 497Special Topics (Advanced Materials in Medical Applications)3
PLET 497Special Topics (Medical Manufacturing Methods)3
Select one of the following:3-4
Human Body: Form and Function Keystone/General Education Course
Elementary Microbiology Keystone/General Education Course
and Elementary Microbiology Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course
and Special Topics

Prerequisites Required.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Erie

Jonathan Meckley
Associate Professor of Engineering
213L Burke
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6147
jam135@psu.edu

Career Paths

The certificate in Medical Plastics is available to students majoring in the B.S. in Plastics Engineering Technology degree program. Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system to help you identify and achieve your goals for college and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester.

Careers

A certificate in Medical Plastics can open doors to careers with medical plastics manufacturers and medical device design firms, and in medical device sales.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES WITH A CERTIFICATE IN MEDICAL PLASTICS

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Students who hold a degree in Plastics Engineering Technology pursue master’s and doctoral degrees in plastics engineering, polymer science, materials science, and elastomeric materials. Those specialty fields can be further tailored to your career interest in medical device design and production.

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Professional Resources

Contact

Erie

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
242 Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center
5101 Jordan Road
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6153
engineering@psu.edu

http://behrend.psu.edu/school-of-engineering