Grace Graduates O.R.C.A. Students

Orthopaedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs students. Pictured left to right: Molly Fishel, Joseph Meyers, Mike Wolford and Kim Earle.

Orthopaedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs students. Pictured left to right: Molly Fishel, Joseph Meyers, Mike Wolford and Kim Earle.

Grace College in Winona Lake is pleased to announce that members of the second cohort of the Orthopaedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs graduate program are slated to graduate on May 11.

Twenty-four O.R.C.A. students will receive their degrees in the college’s annual commencement ceremony after completing a rigorous year of study in 12 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 in 2011, and it has since enjoyed wide industry support.

Of the 24 students enrolled this year, 15 are currently working in orthopaedic firms including Zimmer, DePuy-Synthes and Stryker. Five students secured internships or permanent positions after starting the O.R.C.A. program. This year’s class joins the first cohort of thirty graduates.

According to Allyn Decker, program director, “The O.R.C.A. program stands as a shining example of what can be accomplished when industry competitors partner with higher education to develop local talent for a high-tech industry like orthopaedic manufacturing. We anticipate career growth and success for those currently employed in orthopaedics and for others hoping to enter the field, since regulatory and clinical affairs professionals are in high-demand.”

Grace College will accept applications until April 1 for the next cohort, which will begin in May. The program can also be delivered live to distance learners who cannot travel to Winona Lake. 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.

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