Grace College and OrthoWorx Announce Open Enrollment for Medical Device Quality Management Program

Grace College and OrthoWorx today announced open enrollment for the new Medical Device Quality Management (MDQM) Program via www.grace.edu/mdqm . Students may now enroll online for the MDQM Certificate, MDQM Bachelor’s Degree and MDQM Master’s Degree with classes set to begin January 2014. Five-week certificate courses begin January 2014 and run through the first week of July 2014. Classes will meet each Monday night from 6-10 p.m. at the Grace College campus in Winona Lake, Ind.

The MDQM Program was developed to train and develop individuals who are currently employed in, or wish to enter the medical device industry or related industries on critical elements of quality management.  The five courses in this program can be applied to a certificate, bachelor’s degree, or master’s degree, depending on the student’s academic background and educational goals.  The MDQM Program focuses on the quality systems, post-market surveillance, design control and assurance, manufacturing quality and supply chain management and statistical processes that ensure excellence at key stages of the medical device life cycle.

The MDQM curriculum emerged from an OrthoWorx-commissioned research study to identify gaps that exist between the career development needs and educational needs of the regional orthopedic industry and the educational offerings in the area specific to quality management.  The certificate and bachelor’s degree were identified as most urgent needs, followed by a master’s degree. “Patient safety is of paramount importance in the medical device industry and companies have very pervasive, complex quality systems for nearly every facet of their operations,” stated OrthoWorx Executive Director Brad Bishop.  “We want the Warsaw region to be the best place in the world to acquire the skills and knowledge required for these quality positions.  For our region to remain the Orthopedic Capital of the World, we must equip our residents with the abilities they need to meet the requirements of critical fields in the medical device industry.  This new program at Grace College contributes to that goal, as do other programs we have developed and are exploring with Ivy Tech Community College.  It’s important that all of our education systems are aligned to generate a healthy pipeline of talent.”

Students desiring to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Quality Management will matriculate through the School of Adult and Community Education at Grace College.  Quality Management bachelor’s students will follow the GOAL adult degree completion model, which launches cohorts in September and January each year. Master’s students can begin classes as early as May 2014.  Dean of the School of Adult and Community Education at Grace College Steve Grill, PhD, is enthusiastic about launching the MDQM Program to expand the college’s industry-based educational program.  “Grace College is pleased to partner again with OrthoWorx on this initiative, extending the offerings of OrthoWorx Center of Excellence at Grace College. We look forward to continuing to make significant contributions to the health and vitality of our region by equipping students with the capabilities they need for success in the medical device industry.”

Registration for all three tracks (certificate, bachelor’s degree, and master’s degree) is open online at www.grace.edu/mdqm Inquiries can be directed to Allyn Decker, Program Director at deckerap@grace.edu or 574-372-5100, ext. 6509

Individuals or companies interested in financially supporting OrthoWorx initiatives in the region can contact OrthoWorx directly or make a contribution electronically at the following web link. http://www.kcfoundation.org/orthoworxmatch/  Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a $4 million grant to Orthopedics Capital Foundation, a supporting organization of Kosciusko County Community Foundation (KCCF), to enable it to fund OrthoWorx’s ongoing charitable and educational initiatives to secure and advance the region’s current position as the Orthopedic Capital of the World. In addition to the $4 million, the Endowment’s grant includes a dollar-for-dollar matching opportunity that would increase the total grant to $7.5 million if OrthoWorx can secure $3.5 million in contributions or pledges by October 15, 2013.

About OrthoWorx

Formed in 2009 with initial funding from the Lilly Endowment, OrthoWorx

(www.orthoworxindiana.com) is a community-based initiative that works strategically and

collaboratively with the orthopedic industry and other stakeholders to ensure that the Warsaw region continues to reap the social and economic benefits that derive from its position as The Orthopedic Capital of the World

About Orthopedics Capital Foundation

The Orthopedics Capital Foundation was created in 2009 to enable philanthropic support for the OrthoWorx Initiative in enhancing the Warsaw region’s economy and quality of life through charitable and educational activities.

About the Lilly Endowment Match Opportunity

 The Lilly Endowment Inc. is offering a matching opportunity for cash donations or binding pledges from qualified orthopedic-related donations received by October 15, 2013.  Pledges can be multi-year, and gifts will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $3.5 million. Qualifying matching funds must consist of irrevocable contributions of cash or equivalents (e.g. publicly traded stocks or bonds) and legally enforceable pledges to make irrevocable contributions of cash or cash equivalents on or before June 30, 2016. Contributions of cash equivalents will be matched on the basis of their gift value as determined by applicable United States Department of Treasury regulations.

About Grace College

Grace College and Seminary is an evangelical Christian community of higher education that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence and preparing for service. Grace College also offers flexible online graduate degrees, on-campus and online degree completion programs, and highly affordable, easily accessible degree programs in Detroit, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana. It has historically been among the top schools of its size and listed in the U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”

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