Mission, Vision, & Objectives

Program Description

The University of Utah Perfusion Program is in its first year of perfusion education and is working towards its accreditation. 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 those 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.


The mission of the University of Utah Perfusion Program is to develop highly trained, professional Perfusionists to be successful, competent, and compassionate members of the cardiac surgery team. The mission is consistent with the University of Utah School of Medicine mission statement:”… serve the people of Utah and beyond by continually improving individual and community health and quality of life. This is achieved through excellence in patient care, education, and research." Using evidence-based medicine, the program will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to work cooperatively and safely with a healthcare team to perform perfusion techniques 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 fulfill our mission while also contributing to the growth and success of the perfusion profession.

To achieve our vision, the University of Utah School of Perfusion will:

  • Continuously build upon our goals and mission to provide our students the best education as possible and make them the most sought after candidates in the perfusion profession
  • Prepare students to be life-long learners, educators, researchers, and leaders
  • Become international leaders in perfusion education

Program Goals

  • To prepare competent perfusionists in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains.
  • To 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.
  • To maintain external accreditation with a curriculum designed to ensure job placement and success in the profession for our graduates.
  • To provide fluency of professional communication, behaviors, and attitudes between all medical disciplines.
  • To prepare students to qualify and pass the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion certification examinations.

Welcome from our Director of Graduate Studies

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