Perfusion Technology: Program Overview

The Department of Perfusion Technology offers two degree programs; the Bachelor of Science, with a major in Perfusion Technology, and the Master of Science, with a major in Perfusion Technology. The Master of Science degree is intended for those whose baccalaureate degree is in a field other than perfusion technology. Those entering the Master of Science degree program achieve entry-level competency in perfusion technology as well as acquire additional skills in educational methods, management and research.

This technical medical specialty has become increasingly important in the health care field. The perfusion technologist serves primarily as part of the cardiovascular surgical team, operating the heart-lung machine during open heart surgery. The perfusion technologist is also responsible for other life support equipment, such as intra-aortic balloon pumps and ventricular assist devices. In addition to cardiovascular surgery, the perfusion technologist may also provide veno-venous bypass for liver transplantation, isolated limb or organ chemotherapy perfusion, cardiopulmonary bypass supported cardiac catheterization procedures, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and blood salvaging for orthopedic or general surgery procedures.