Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion

Rush cardiovascular perfusion students

As integral members of the cardiovascular surgical team, perfusionists are in the operating room in any situation where it is necessary to support patients’ cardiopulmonary and circulatory functions.

This cardiovascular perfusion master’s degree program (formerly known as Perfusion Technology) prepares you for a career as an advanced perfusionist. You’ll also train to be a leader in your chosen specialization, whether it’s education, research or clinical. The rigorous curriculum includes coursework and clinical field work, which are completed at RUSH University and its affiliated clinical sites.

After graduating from the perfusion program, you will be qualified to sit for the certification examination of the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion.

Perfusion Program Quick Facts
Program Type:





21 Months

Average Class Size:



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Program Outcomes


Graduation Year:

2020 2019 2018 2017 Four Year Average
Enrollment Year: 2018 2017 2016 2015
Attrition Rate:


0% 5.3% 5.5%% 2.70%
Positive Placement: 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Clinical Application in Perfusion Examination Pass Rate Success: 86.67% 100% 100% 100% 96.70%
Perfusion Basic Science Examination Pass Rate Success: 100% 95.24% 94.44% 88.24% 94.48%

Source: ABCP Perfusion Examination Results and AC-PE Annual Report.

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