Grace College Orthopaedic Program Graduates First Class
Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind., is pleased to announce that members of the first cohort of the Orthopaedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs (ORCA) graduate program are slated to graduate on May 19. Thirty ORCA students will receive their degrees in the college’s annual commencement ceremony after completing a rigorous year of study in twelve courses designed by and for professionals in the orthopaedic industry.
This graduate program is targeted to professionals who desire a thorough knowledge of the laws and regulations mandated by the federal government, especially the FDA, as they apply to the development, testing approval, manufacturing, and commercialization of orthopaedic products. Grace College partnered with OrthoWorx to launch this program one year ago, and it has since enjoyed wide industry support. Of the 30 students enrolled, 22 come directly from local orthopaedic firms such as Zimmer, DePuy, Biomet, Medtronic, Paragon Medical, and Orthopediatrics.
According to Allyn Decker, Program Director, “We couldn’t have asked for a better first year. The quality of instruction and the dedication of our students have been exceptional. We anticipate career growth and success for those currently employed in orthopaedics and for others hoping to enter the field.” Already, two non-industry ORCA students have been accepted to long-term internships at local companies, and other students have taken on new responsibilities at their current companies because of the knowledge they’ve gained through the ORCA program.
Grace College will accept applications until April 1 for the next cohort, which will begin in May of 2012. Program information and application materials can be accessed at www.grace.edu/orca. Grace College is a member of the North Central Association, and its programs are accredited by the Commission on Higher Learning.