Biomedical Polymers Online Course & Certificate

20 contact hours
Used For:
2 Continuing Education Units
Course and Certificate:

Biomedical Polymers is a course that provides the most recent development of biomedical polymers and their applications and covers a variety of biomedical areas such as in cardiovascular, dental, orthopedic, ophthalmologic and wound healing research. We will investigate polymer biocompatibility, absorption in the body, advantages relative to conventional materials, and any issues they may possess.

The course will also review synthetic, natural, and biodegradable polymers, along with their morphology, crystallinity, mechanical properties, and suitability for use as a medical device. Conversion processes- from polymer to medical device- will also be presented.


After completing Biomedical Polymers, students will be equipped with a basic understanding of the following:

  • Currently available and investigated polymers
  • Material properties
  • Polymer conversion into medical devices
  • Selection and design the unique polymers for special biomedical applications
  • Benefits and limitations of these polymers in vivo and in vitro


A general understanding of chemistry and/or biology is recommended

 Students will be assigned 5 homework assignments, and 1 final exam for each course. 

Lesson 1- Introduction

Lesson 2- Synthetic Polymers

  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
  • Polydimethyle Slioxabe (PDMS)
  • Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA)
  • Polytetrafluoro-ethylene (PTFE)
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
  • Block copolymers (PU)

Lesson 3- Synthetic Polymers: Biodegradable

  • PGA
  • Polylactic Acid (PLA)
  • PLGA
  • Polycaprolactone (PCL)

Lesson 4- Natural Polymers

  • Collagen
  • Fibrinogen
  • Cellulose

Lesson 5- Applications

  • Sutures
  • Drug Delivery Devices
  • Orthopedic Fixation Devices
  • Vascular Grafts
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Bioadhesives


 This course is Instructor-led and delivered through our award-winning online Learning Management System.