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Master of Science (MS) in Cardiovascular Perfusion


Our Master of Science (MS) in Cardiovascular Perfusion program prepares you for a career as an advanced perfusionist.

As a perfusionist, you are an integral member of the cardiovascular surgical team.

You will provide support in the operating room and in any situation when patient cardiopulmonary and circulatory function needs support.

You’ll also train to be a leader in your chosen specialization, whether it’s education, research or clinical.

After graduating, you are qualified to sit for the certification examination of the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion.

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Fast Facts: Master of Science (MS) in Cardiovascular Perfusion
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Program Type:
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Program Length:
21 Months

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Average Class Size:
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Per Credit

Our Approach

Rush cardiovascular perfusion students

You learn from faculty who also practice as professionals at one of the nation’s top academic medical centers, RUSH University Medical Center.

This means you will receive rich, hands-on experiences in clinical settings.

Graduation Year: 2020 2019 2018 2017 Four-year Average
Attrition Rate: 0% 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%


Program Length and Location

Our two-year program, 78-credit program takes place in person on campus.

The rigorous curriculum includes coursework and clinical field work, which are completed at RUSH University and its affiliated clinical sites.

Program Tuition

At RUSH University, we know your education is a big investment. We want to make sure you have all the information to be able to make the best financial decisions for you and your family.

Tuition for the Master of Science (MS) in Cardiovascular Perfusion program is $1,061 per credit.

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Career Opportunities: Master of Science (MS) in Cardiovascular Perfusion

Graduates are highly sought after and are successfully employed in the Chicago area and nationwide.

Graduates work in a variety of settings, including the following:

  • Community hospitals
  • Major medical centers
  • Private perfusion groups
  • Physician and surgeon groups
  • Teaching institutions

Many perfusionists are eligible to advance to chief perfusionist and perfusion program director.

Perfusionists with research skills may collaborate on projects with physicians and researchers.

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