College of Science and Engineering
SCSU Regulatory Affairs and Services graduates honored
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
President Potter speaks to the graduates
The first 12 graduates of the St. Cloud State University master’s degree in regulatory affairs and services (RAS) program were honored during a reception Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the university’s new Twin Cities Graduate Center in Maple Grove.
President Earl Potter spoke to the graduates, along with dean David DeGroote and program director Chuck Swanson. Wendy Pinar represented the students with a talk about their time in the program. They were then given a Master in Regualatory Affairs diploma frame as a thank you from the College of Science and Engineering for their completion as the charter cohort.
The graduates began evening and weekend classes at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park when the program was launched in September 2007. A second cohort of 19 students began classes there in fall 2008, but the third cohort will attend classes beginning this fall at the Twin Cities Graduate Center.
The regulatory affairs and services degree program ‒ the first in the country to focus specifically on medical devices ‒ is designed to educate professionals to lead medical device companies through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and international regulatory processes that ensure new medical devices are safe and effective, processes that are critical to getting a product to market.
The medical device industry has identified regulatory affairs and services as an occupation in acute need of more trained professionals, according to program director Charles "Chuck" Swanson, who during his 30 years in the industry played an influential role in establishing many of the guidelines and procedures in use today by the FDA. "The RAS professional’s role is critical in the development, commercialization and manufacturing of medical devices and impacts nearly every aspect of a medical device business from research and development to marketing and sales," Swanson said.