At which campus can I study this program?
Requirements for an undergraduate certificate may be completed at any campus location offering the specified courses for the certificate.
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.
To earn an undergraduate certificate in Medical Plastics, a minimum of 14 credits is required.
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Human Body: Form and Function|
|Elementary Microbiology |
and Elementary Microbiology Laboratory
and Special Topics
|PLET 497||Special Topics (Plastics Product Development)||3|
|PLET 497||Special Topics (Medical Product Development)||1|
|PLET 497||Special Topics (Advanced Materials in Medical Applications)||3|
|PLET 497||Special Topics (Medical Manufacturing Methods)||3|
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Associate Professor of Engineering
Erie, PA 16563
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.
A certificate in Medical Plastics can open doors to careers with medical plastics manufacturers and medical device design firms, and in medical device sales.
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.