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Cardiovascular Perfusion (MHS)


Quinnipiac’s MHS in cardiovascular perfusion is one of only eight perfusion graduate-level programs in the United States. Our rigorous academic and clinical courses prepare students for the varied responsibilities of a clinical perfusionist.

The perfusionist provides consultation to the physician in the selection of the appropriate equipment and techniques to be used during extracorporeal circulation. During cardiopulmonary bypass, the perfusionist provides life support to the patient while the heart and lungs are stopped to enable the surgeon to operate. Perfusionists administer blood products, anesthetic agents and drugs through the extracorporeal circuit. The perfusionist is responsible for the induction of hypothermia and other duties, when required. Perfusionists have a role in the implementation and operation of ventricular assist devices designed to provide long-term circulatory support for the failing heart.

Individuals interested in becoming a perfusionist should have intelligence, dexterity and mechanical aptitude and be able to concentrate intensely for long periods of time. Other important personal qualities include a strong sense of responsibility, the ability to work well with people as well as the ability to work effectively in emergency situations. Perfusionists often work under very stressful conditions. The hours are long, and the situations are life and death. A perfusionist must be emotionally stable and able (mentally and physically) to react effectively to all situations in the operating room.

This program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Committee--Perfusion Education under the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

For more information contact:
Graduate Health Sciences Admissions
Phone: 203-582-8672 or 1-800-462-1944
E-mail: graduate@quinnipiac.edu

Admissions Requirements

In evaluating applications, the Committee on Admissions places heavy emphasis on previous academic achievement and recommendations from perfusionists and cardiac surgeons.
In order to be considered for admission to the cardiovascular perfusion program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Baccalaureate degree in science or health-related disciple from a regionally accredited American or Canadian college or university.

2. Successful completion of the following prerequisite courses:

  • Two semesters of biology (with labs)
  • Two semesters of anatomy and physiology (with labs)
  • One semester of microbiology (with lab)
  • Two semesters of chemistry (with labs)
  • One semester of physics (with lab)
  • One semester of college-level  mathematics (college algebra or calculus)
  • Prerequisites must be taken on-campus from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or Canada.

All applicants must possess a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.80. Two years of health care work experience is required. Preference is given to candidates who have experience in critical care areas such as ICU, CCU, ER and OR. Certification in Basic Life Support from the American Heart Association is required.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed graduate application form
  • $45 application fee
  • Detailed autobiography of personal, professional and educational achievements
  • Two professional reference letters
  • Official post-secondary transcripts with confirmation of undergraduate degree
  • Copies of relevant professional license certificates

The GRE is not required.

Scores for the tests of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required if the applicant is from a non-English speaking country.

The application deadline is February 1. Decisions will be made individually as an application becomes complete. Final decisions will be made by the program director, with input from the medical director and the Perfusion Advisory Council, an organization made up of one certified clinical perfusionist (clinical instructor or department chief) from each of the hospitals that has a clinical affiliation agreement with Quinnipiac.

An interview with the program director is required prior to a decision of admission. Applications will be ranked based on a strong academic record, experience in a relevant clinical area, perceived ability to complete a challenging didactic and clinical program and the strength of professional recommendations.

Curriculum + Requirements

Our cardiovascular perfusion program offers students well-rounded didactic, laboratory and clinical experience in the perfusion area. The clinical phase of the program runs for three consecutive semesters. Students rotate through a variety of clinical sites to assure adequate exposure to a variety of equipment and procedures.

During the first two didactic semesters, students are introduced to the operating room environment by weekly orientation sessions in one of several affiliated hospitals. Students are required to join the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology and maintain student membership for the duration of the program.

Failure to maintain an overall GPA of 2.67 in each of the two didactic semesters (Fall I and Spring I) will result in automatic dismissal from the program.

First Year (college-based didactic course work)

Fall Semester I

Course Title

Credits

PR 500

Theoretical Foundations of Cardiovascular Perfusion

2

PR 502

Systems Anatomy and Physiology I

3

PA 535

Disease Mechanisms

4

PR 508

Extracorporeal Circuitry and Laboratory I

1

PR 516

Physiologic Monitoring

4

Total

14

 

Spring Semester I

Course

Title

Credits

PR 503

Systems Anatomy and Physiology II

3

PR 506

Pharmacological Intervention

4

PR 509

Extracorporeal Circuitry and Laboratory II

1

PR 510

Surgical Techniques

2

PR 512

Pediatric Perfusion

4

Total

14


Second Year (hospital-based clinical training session)

Summer Session

Course

Title

Credits

PR 514

Special Topics in Cardiovascular Perfusion

2

PR 600

Cardiovascular Perfusion Practicum I

5

Total

7

 

Fall Semester II

Course

Title

Credits

PR 520

Research Methods in Cardiovascular Perfusion

2

PR 602

Cardiovascular Perfusion Practicum II

5

Total

7

 

Spring Semester II

Course

Title

Credits

PR 604

Cardiovascular Perfusion Practicum III

5

Total

5