Master's in medical technology

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

This fall St. Cloud State will offer a new master of science degree in Medical Technology Quality (MTQ) that is uniquely focused on medical products.

Professionals in the medical technology industry develop and implement systems for ensuring product quality from concept and design to manufacturing and full commercialization.

An undergraduate degree in engineering, science, biochemistry, bio statistics, public health, nursing or similar field is recommended.

Visit the MTQ website for information on classes, schedule and application process.

“In today’s competitive environment, especially in the Minnesota medical device sector, identifying and hiring competent and well-informed personnel in the quality profession is becoming more and more difficult,” said Jeff Fecho, vice president of global quality for St. Jude Medical, a multinational based in Little Canada, a suburb of St. Paul.

Said Fecho: “The medical technology quality program, coupled with the already active regulatory and clinical programs at SCSU, provides us with a readily available and credible source specifically geared toward the medical device industry. This program has global appeal and is a key educational component in assuring that our employees have what they need to keep us compliant and competitive.”

Fecho is on the university's MTQ advisory board, which includes industry professionals from medical technology giants such as Medtronic and 3M, as well as other industry insiders.

Minnesota is home to nearly 600 FDA-approved medical device manufacturers. Minnesota companies registered nearly 2,220 medical device patents between 2005 and 2009, ranking second among all states, according to the state's Department of Employment and Economic Development.

The medical technology quality program is the third St. Cloud State master's program designed for the medical technology industry. Regulatory Affairs and Services debuted in 2007. Applied Clinical Research launched in 2010.

Classes will be evenings and weekends at the university's Twin Cities Graduate Center in Maple Grove. Interested students should contact the College of Science and Engineering at 320-308-2167 or e-mail

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