The undergraduate Certificate in Perfusion Technology requires 73 s.h. of credit. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate. The certificate is a 20-month program that spans over five semesters. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Committee for Perfusion Education (AC-PE). Students are awarded the certificate upon successful completion of the program making them eligible to take the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion certification exam.

Three to five students are accepted annually and begin the program the fall semester. During the first two semesters of the program, students pursue a core curriculum that provides a solid scientific base while the second year (three semesters) is reserved for the completion of an independent research project, clinical training in the operation of the heart-lung machine, and learning ancillary procedures such as blood salvaging, circulatory support, and artificial hearts.

The Certificate in Perfusion Technology requires the following work.

PERF:4161Instrumentation in Perfusion Technology3
PERF:4162Pathophysiology of Perfusion Technology5
PERF:4163Clinical Experience I2
PERF:4164Clinical Experience II3
PERF:4165Clinical Experience III12
PERF:4166Clinical Experience IV12
PERF:4167Perfusion Seminar (taken five times for 1 s.h. each)5
PERF:4168Research in Perfusion (taken four times for 1 s.h. each)4
PERF:4169Clinical Experience V12
PERF:4170Principle and Practice of Perfusion Technology6
PERF:4171Devices in Perfusion Technology3
PATH:8133Introduction to Human Pathology for Graduate Students3
PCOL:4130Drug Mechanisms and Actions3
Total Hours73
Surgery perfusion students working on equipment.


The following coursework is required before admission to the certificate program:

  • baccalaureate degree;
  • chemistry, including biochemistry or organic chemistry (9 s.h.);
  • human anatomy and physiology (7 s.h.);
  • physics (4 s.h.);
  • precalculus (5 s.h.) or calculus; and
  • statistics (3 s.h.).

Admission to the program is based on the decision of the Admissions Committee. Decisions are based upon a combination of grade-point average, references, an essay, and interview scores.

For information about application materials, see Admissions on the Perfusion Technology Program website.

Applications must be submitted by November 1.