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Orthopaedic Medical Device Product Specialist Certificate

The Orthopaedic Medical Device Product Specialist certificate is aimed at providing students with core competencies within various aspects of the orthopaedic medical device industry with a focus on managing a product throughout its life cycle including product development and performance relevant to clinical use, and communication of its commercial value. The certificate comprises of four courses (12 credits).

Open to current Clemson undergraduates who are willing to meet the course requirements for the certificate. Please contact Jennifer R. Hogan, Certificate Coordinator for more information.

No academic program fee applies for the certificate. Please note that normal class/lab fees and tuition still apply.

Students who enroll in the Orthopaedic Product Specialist Certificate Program are eligible for the Arthrex Leadership Scholarship if concurrently enrolled in the SIP (Sales Innovation Program). The amount available is determined yearly. Certificate students will be contacted if eligible to apply.


  • • Complete an application for intent to earn the certificate. Contact Jennifer Hogan for form.
  • • Apply for SIP (Sales Innovation Program) BEFORE MKT 4210.
  • • Complete 12 hours of the following courses (three required courses and one elective course from list).


  • 1. MKT 4200 - Professional Selling. Current theories about the selling of goods and services to organizational buyers in the context of long-term relationships. Role playing, video-taped presentations, and other techniques are generally employed to enhance interpersonal communication skills. (3 credits) Section for non-majors.


    MKT 4210 - Technical Selling. Introduces the principles of selling across industry contexts with a focus on the technical selling role. Students learn critical thinking skills in developing selling strategy for technical applications and ideas. This course is intended for students in engineering and closely related science majors. Preq: ENGR 1050 or PKSC 1020.

  • 2. MKT 4950 – Healthcare Selling. Course material provides students an introduction to the health care industry with a focus on the development and marketing of surgical device innovations.  Preq: MKT 4200. (3 credits)
  • 3. BIOE 3120 - Introduction to Orthopaedic Device Science and EngineeringIntroduction to biomaterials, biomechanics, tribology, and design principles for orthopaedic devices with a focus on joint replacements, bone and graft fixation, orthobiologics. Effect of pathology on bone growth and remodeling, and implant fixation. Basic concepts of device success and failure.  Introduction to regulatory science for testing of orthopaedic devices. Preq: CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR. (3 credits)


    BIOE 4120 - Orthopaedic Engineering and Pathology. Interdisciplinary study of clinical orthopaedic cases (bone growth, bone remodeling, osteoarthritis, implant fixation and joint replacements); biomechanical, biomaterials, tribology and clinical diagnosis of failed implants (total joint replacements, fracture fixation and spinal instrumentation); basic concepts of orthopaedic pathology for engineers. Preq: BIOE 3020. Preq or concurrent enrollment: BIOE 3100 and BIOE 3200. (3 credits)


BCHM 3050 - Essential Elements of Biochemistry. Introduction to structure, synthesis, metabolism and function of biomolecules in living organisms. Credit toward a degree will be given for only one of BCHM 3010 or BCHM 3050. Includes Honors sections. Preq: BIOE 1010 or BIOL 1030 or BIOL 1100. Preq or concurrent enrollment: CH 2010 or CH 2230.

BIOE 3100 - Engineering Analysis of Physiological Processes. Application of knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to cellular systems physiology, including function, dysfunction, and the mechanisms that underlie treatment. Associated laboratory modules give students opportunity to design, conduct, and analyze experiments, to use the techniques, skills, and tools necessary for engineering practice. Preq: BIOE 1010 or BIOL 1030 or BIOL 1100. Coreq: BIOE 3101

BIOL 2210 - Therapeutic Applications of Human Anatomy and Physiology. A survey of human anatomy and physiology (systems approach), incorporating foundational human anatomy and physiology principles and language, including organ systems, anatomical features, and integration of the concept of maintaining homeostasis and failures of homeostasis: the basic mechanisms of disease/pathologies. Preq: BIOL 1030 and BIOL 1050; or BIOL 1100; and CH 1010 or CH 1050. 

BIOL 2220 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I. Basic introductory course in integrated human anatomy and physiology covering cells and tissues; integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems; sensory organs. Physiology is stressed. Structured primarily for Nursing and other health-related curricula. Preq: BIOL 1030 and BIOL 1050; or BIOL 1100; and CH 1010 or CH 1050. Coreq: BIOL 2221.

BIOL 3150 - Functional Human Anatomy. Introduction to the anatomical structures associated with all organ systems found in the human body at both the gross and microscopic level. Basic physiology is integrated to assist with understanding the function of the anatomical systems. Preq: BIOE 1010; or BIOL 1030 and BIOL 1050; or BIOL 1100; and junior standing. Coreq: BIOL 3151. 

HLTH 2030 Overview of Health Care Systems (3) Introduction to the health care delivery system including public health and health care components. Examines and discusses individual and public expectations of need and demand for health care and delivery of public health and health care services.

HLTH 2600 Medical Terminology and Communication. Skills in building, analyzing, defining, pronouncing, and spelling medical terms related to the human body are developed and applied through electronic communication. (3 semester hours). 

HLTH 2030 Overview of Health Care Systems. Introduction to the health care delivery system including public health and health care components. Examines and discusses individual and public expectations of need and demand for health care and delivery of public health and health care services. (3 semester hours).

HLTH 3800 Epidemiology. Introduces epidemiological principles and methods used in the study of the origin, distribution, and control of disease. NOTE: Prerequisite courses include: STAT 2300 and at least one 2000-level HLTH course. (3 semester hours).

IE 4300 - Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare. Focuses on how industrial engineers help improve the quality and safety of patient care. Students learn how healthcare is different from traditional industrial engineering sectors. A substantial part of the course is focused on learning how to apply industrial engineering tools, specifically those grounded in human factors, to healthcare problems. Preq: IE 2100 or IE 4880 or PSYC 3640 or PSYC 3680 or PSYC 4350. 

MKT 3010 - Principles of Marketing. Principles and concepts involved in planning, pricing, promoting, and distributing of goods and services. Includes Honors sections. Preq: ECON 2000 or ECON 2110 or ECON 2120 or any 2000-level AGRB course; and sophomore standing.

Current Clemson Undergrads:

1. Fill out the ”Undergraduate Certificate Application” form.
    -Certificate Name: Orthopaedic Medical Device Product Specialist
    -Certificate Program Code: CERTU-ORTH-F
Note: You will only be able to complete the form through the “Student Signature” portion

2. Email your form to to be signed off by the Certificate Program Coordinator.

Jennifer R. Hogan
Certificate Program Coordinator