Admissions Requirements and Pre-Requisites

Completion of a bachelor’s level or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university

  • Minimum cumulative GPA and science GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.00
  • Three letters of recommendation (Letters can be from any person who can attest to the applicant’s capacity and potential for graduate studies)
  • Completion of the required prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited college or university. All prerequisites must be completed with a C or better. Grades of C- are not acceptable for any prerequisite courses
  • Prerequisite Courses Required:
    • Anatomy 3 credits (U of U BIOL 2325)
    • Physiology 3 credits (U of U BIOL 2420)
    • Biochemistry 3 credits (U of U BIOL 3510)
    • Physics 3 credits (U of U PHYS 2010)
    • Biology with lab 8 credit hours (U of U BIOL 1210/BIOL 2020)
    • General Chemistry (inorganic with lab) 4 credit hours (U of U CHEM 1210)
    • College Algebra or higher 6 credit hours (U of U MATH 1050/MATH 1060)
    • English 6 credit hours (U of U WRTG 2010 and one additional course)
    • Social and Behavior Sciences (sociology, psychology, anthropology, etc.) 6 credit hours  

There are NO expiration dates on any of the prerequisite courses, but it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that anatomy and physiology be taken within the last 7 years. This is to help the accepted student be ready for the rigorous anatomy and physiology requirements while in the CVP program. If accepted, the CVP program MAY require that the student take a refresher anatomy and physiology course before entering their first year of didactic learning.


  • Completion of the program’s interview process
  • Passage of the University of Utah criminal background check and drug screenings
  • GRE exam not required


For competitive admissions, the CVP program highly recommends:

  • Shadowing of a perfusionist
  • Applicants with experience in one of the following allied health care professions is encouraged

        o Perfusion Assistant

        o Respiratory Therapy

        o ECMO Technologist

        o Nurse

        o Emergency Medical Technologist

        o Cardiac Rehabilitation Physiologist



As a part of the interview process, finalists will be invited to do a mandatory onsite interview. This is in line with industry standards.


All students admitted into the University of Utah Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion (CVP) program will be required to provide medical documentation for the following:

    • Signed Health Policies Agreement
    • Immunization Records
    • Background check within 1 year
    • Drug screen within 1 year (completed on campus within the first month of didactic coursework)
    • Proof of personal Health Insurance (current)
    • Proof of ACLS/BLS

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