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Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion (CVP) is a graduate degree program approved by the Utah State Higher Education.  It is housed in the Division of Cardiothoracic (CT) Surgery in the School of Medicine. The CVP program is designed to educate students and prepare them with the knowledge, skills, and expertise necessary to graduate as licensed cardiovascular perfusionists. These individuals are vital members of the cardiovascular surgical team as they are responsible for running the heart-lung (cardiopulmonary bypass) machine and are heavily relied on by surgeons. During surgery, they utilize the appropriate equipment to maintain blood flow to the body’s tissues and regulate levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood. Perfusionists are also responsible for measuring selected laboratory values and monitoring circulation. They also administer medicines through the cardiopulmonary bypass circuit, among other responsibilities in the surgical setting. Our program graduates will meet the requirements necessary to succeed in a field where surgical techniques, cardiopulmonary bypass techniques, and new technologies are constantly changing the way we practice medicine.

The CVP program is intended to attract current allied health professionals, recent baccalaureate graduates, and qualified individuals to learn the advanced perfusion techniques needed for successful careers in cardiovascular surgery. The CVP is a 24-month (6 semester) post-baccalaureate degree that begins with three semesters (48 credit hours) of full time didactic and laboratory education, with students also doing clinical observations at the University of Utah hospital. The didactic portion of the curriculum for this program includes: Master’s level anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, perfusion technology, laboratory, research methods, and a masters project. The last three semesters (34 credit hours) will comprise of a clinical phase which includes full-time clinical rotations under the direct supervision of a preceptor at top notch hospitals throughout the United States. All program requirements are aligned with the external accrediting body for the field which falls under the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs who has an Accreditation Committee on Perfusion Education. This program was unanimously approved by the University of Utah Board of Trustees on December 12, 2019.

Application Process

The application for admissions system will open on August 1, 2023 and close November 5, 2023. All applications will be reviewed and invitations to interview will be sent in December with interviews planned for the first or second week of January 2024. Students accepted into the program are required to attend one week of in-person orientation, Monday, May 6-10, 2024. Accepted students begin Summer Semester classes on Monday, May 13, 2024.

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The Cardiovascular Perfusion Program application is opening August 1! Please join us on August 3, at 4 p.m. MST for a virtual question and answer session to prepare for the application process. Click the button to see the full flyer and information.