Aspiring perfusionists can find training programs at teaching hospitals and 4-year colleges and universities. Bachelor's and master's degree programs -- as well as training certificates -- are available.
Schools with Perfusionist Programs
These schools offer perfusion training and education that may meet your academic needs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, IA||4-year, Public||Post-baccalaureate certificate||$11,336 (in-state), $30,277 (out-of-state)|
|Milwaukee School of Engineering||Milwaukee, WI||4-year, Private||Master's||$22,728|
|Long Island University||Brooklyn, NY||4-year, Private||Master's||$1,249 (per credit, 2019-2020)|
|University of Nebraska Medical Center||Omaha, NE||4-year, Public||Master's||$9,303 (in-state), $25,557 (out-of-state)|
|Upstate Medical University||Syracuse, NY||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$ 7,771 (in-state), $17,551 (out-of-state)|
|Rush University||Chicago, IL||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's||$30,168 (undergraduate), $36,788 (graduate)|
|University of Texas Health Science Center||Houston, TX||4-year, Public||Post-baccalaureate certificate||$18,000|
|Midwestern University||Glendale, AZ||2-year, Private||Master's||$45,812|
|Vanderbilt University||Nashville, TN||4-year, Private||Post-baccalaureate certificate||$39,000|
Sources: *NCES, school websites
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when choosing a perfusionist training program or school:
- Look for schools with the appropriate level of accreditation from the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP).
- Assess the practical training available.
- Evaluate the job placement assistance opportunities as some programs may support professional connections through organizations like the American Society for Extra-Corporeal Technology.
- You may also want to give extra attention to schools with higher job-placement rates.
Bachelor's Degree in Perfusion
A bachelor's degree in perfusion is a rare academic program offered through select 4-year schools. Clinical experiences train students in the appropriate measures used to calibrate and operate perfusion equipment. Students may also be required to complete a research project. Accredited programs will allow students to sit for the ABCP certification examination and coursework may include:
Master's Degree in Perfusion
A master's degree in perfusion typically requires the completion of a science-based bachelor's degree and prerequisites dictated by the individual schools. The program may include a final project or thesis as well as clinical practicums and training in research methods.
Individuals interested in a healthcare career involving treatment of the lungs and heart may seek training as a perfusionist at the bachelor's and/or master's level. Research and hands-on clinical training are often incorporated into the curriculum.