Perfusion Technology: Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Science Program

A minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of liberal arts and sciences must be completed prior to enrolling. This must include the required prerequisite coursework.

  • Cumulative and science grade point average (GPA) of 2.9 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion or a plan to complete all the required prerequisite coursework prior to enrolling at Rush.
  • Receipt of three letters of recommendation.
  • Applicants who did not complete high school in the U.S. must submit TOEFL scores.
  • Receipt of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended.
  • Once a complete application has been received, it will be reviewed and applicants will be selected to interview. If selected, completion of an on-site faculty interview is required to be considered for admission.
  • The Admissions Committee will take into consideration all application materials when evaluating an applicant.

The following courses must be completed prior to enrolling with a grade of "C" or better. Required courses must be taken for a letter grade rather than a pass/fail option.

Natural and biological sciences: 16 semester hours or 24 quarter hours. Science courses must include:

  • One semester of inorganic chemistry
  • One semester of organic chemistry
  • One semester of physics
  • One semester of a human anatomy course AND
  • One semester of a human physiology course OR
  • Two semesters of a combined anatomy and physiology course with a laboratory component

Some community college introductory science classes may not be comprehensive enough to satisfy the prerequisite requirements. For any questions about courses please contact the Office of College Admission Services at (312) 942-7100 to speak with an admissions counselor.

Mathematics and Statistics

  • Two college level mathematics courses which must include an introductory course in statistics.

English Composition

  • Two courses or documented proficiency at composition II level. Although not required, applicants are encouraged to take additional courses focusing on written communication as writing skills are essential for the successful completion of the Perfusion Technology program.

Social Sciences: 14 semester hours or 20 quarter hours.

Coursework must include:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Other social science courses may include psychology, sociology, economics, history and anthropology.

Humanities: 8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours.

  • Humanities courses include religion, philosophy, foreign languages, literature, or the history of art, music, theater, film, or dance. Studio art classes, instrumental music classes, and speech classes are not acceptable.

Additional Recommendation

In addition, it is highly recommended that perspective students talk to a clinical perfusionist, and if possible, observe a procedure requiring the use of cardiopulmonary bypass.

Master of Science Program

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Receipt of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended.
  • If the baccalaureate degree was conferred by a college or university outside the United States, internationa l transcripts must be evaluated by the Education Credentials Evaluators (ECE). A detailed course-by-course report is required. Contact ECE at (414) 289-3400 or www.ece.org.
  • Completion or a plan to complete all the required prerequisite coursework prior to enrolling at Rush. Applicants must complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better. Please see required courses as listed for the Bachelor of Science degree above.
  • Cumulative and science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Receipt of three letters of recommendation.
  • Applicants who did not complete high school in the United States must submit TOEFL scores.