Applied Education in the MedTech Industry

About RAS

Cathy Krier


Cathy Krier, MBA

Program Director

I truly enjoy making connections that promote and support advances in the Medical Device field, and I’m honored to lead this MedTech program. At the Twin Cities Graduate Center, students connect with a vibrant community of medical device professionals and have the advantage of making strong connections with industry experts serving as faculty and advisory board members.

The program was established by Dr. Chuck Swanson, a retired Regulatory Affairs Executive at Medtronic. In the past, regulatory professionals often started as scientists or engineers, learning about regulatory requirements on the job. As devices and regulations grew more complex there grew a need for formally trained professionals in the specialty. There was an overdue need and demand for this program. Chuck hand-crafted this program over eight years and enlisted teams of industry experts not only in its design but in its instruction. He created a model that higher education programs across the country look to for guidance. This is an exceptionally practical and focused program, based on competencies needed by Regulatory Affairs professionals and leaders.

The hallmark of the MedTech programs at the Twin Cities Graduate Center is the high priority our faculty and staff place on preparing our graduate students for the challenges of the ever changing global, technical environments in the medical device industry.  Students and graduates of our programs connect with a diverse set of medical device company representatives on an ongoing basis in the classroom, when working projects/internships and via the annual job fair.  Graduates are highly sought after by medical device industry companies.

Nationwide, the RAS program is ideal if you seek a career as a regulatory affairs professional, or want to deepen your regulatory expertise. Using Adobe Connect, students that are remote can connect synchronously and actively participate in class sessions.

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