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Program Description

The University of Utah Perfusion Program is in its second year of perfusion education and is working towards its accreditation (December 21’). This 24-month program leading to a Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion degree is a full-time program that begins each summer semester (early May) and spans over 6 continuous semesters. The program begins with three semesters of didactic and laboratory education, with students doing clinical observations throughout the first three semesters. The total number of credits awarded during the didactic year is 48. In addition, all students must produce and present a master’s project during their didactic year. The clinical phase takes place during the second year and includes full-time clinical rotations under the direct supervision of clinical preceptors. The total number of credits awarded during the clinical year is 34.


Develop highly trained, professional perfusionists to be successful, competent, and compassionate members of the cardiac surgery team. By using evidence-based medicine, the program will provide the knowledge, skills, and experience to work cooperatively and safely to ensure excellence in patient care.


The University of Utah Perfusion Program will be a leader in perfusion education by providing an innovative and equitable academic and clinical environment to inspire graduates to be safe, life-long learners, educators, researchers, and leaders.

Program Goals

  • Prepare competent perfusionists in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.

  • Provide students with a strong foundation in perfusion theory and the skills to apply that theory proficiently in accordance with the needs of healthcare providers and employers.

  • Maintain external accreditation with a curriculum designed to ensure job placement and success in the profession for our graduates

  • Provide fluency of professional communication, behaviors, and attitudes between all medical disciplines.

  • Prepare students to qualify and pass the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion certification examinations.