- Perfusionist programs train students to operate life support equipment during surgery.nurse image by astoria from Fotolia.com
Perfusion technicians are medical professionals who operate heart and lung machines during surgical procedures performed on the heart. The first step to receiving credentialing from the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusionists is completing an accredited educational program. A small number of programs in the United States offer degrees in perfusion and carry the approval of the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
- Located in Hamden, Connecticut, Quinnipiac University is a private, nonsectarian university with more than 5,800 undergraduate students. The university offers a Master of Health Science program in cardiovascular perfusion. To qualify for admissions consideration, students must have a bachelor's degree in a health care or scientific field, such as nursing or biology, two years of work experience in health care and previous coursework in chemistry, biology, physics, college-level mathematics, anatomy and microbiology. The program requires five semesters of full-time study to complete, including one summer term. The program covers perfusion, both for children and adults, and includes two semester-long clinical practicum experiences, during which students gain hands-on experience in the field.
275 Mt. Carmel Ave.
P.O. Box 171
Hamden, CT 06518
- The Roman Catholic Church established Barry University in the city of Miami Shores in 1940. Since that time, the school has grown to an undergraduate enrollment of more than 5,000 students. The university offers a Bachelor of Science degree in cardiovascular perfusion. Students interested in the program spend two years completing prerequisite courses in a number of fields, including English, speech, mathematics, physics, chemistry, anatomy, biochemistry, social sciences, humanities, computer science and theology or religion. During their sophomore years, students can apply for admission to the restricted access program, and those who are invited to attend classes then begin the required classroom and laboratory courses. The summer after the third year and the entire fourth year are spent entirely in clinical settings throughout the Miami area.
11300 N.E. 2nd Ave.
Miami Shores, FL 33161
- Midwestern University is a private, nonsectarian college with branches in Downers Grove, Illinois and Glendale, Arizona. The latter campus is home to the college's Master of Cardiovascular Science degree in perfusion. Admissions requirements to the program include a bachelor's degree in any field, the completion of prerequisite undergraduate courses in science and mathematics and passing a criminal background check and drug test. The program features average class sizes of 20 to 25 students and boasts an 83 percent first-time passage rate on board examinations in perfusion. In addition to learning the operation of life support machines, students receive training in other cardiac technology, including pacemakers and artificial hearts. Three clinical rotations in Phoenix-area medical facilities are required prior to graduation with the entire program requiring approximately 21 months to complete.
19555 N. 59th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85308