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Master of Science (MS) in Cardiovascular Perfusion Admissions

Program Prerequisites

We ask that you complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better prior to matriculation: 

  • Natural and biological sciences — 16 semester hours or 24 quarter hours, including the following courses: 
    • Human anatomy and physiology, one semester each or two semesters of a combined course with a lab component. 
    • Inorganic chemistry, one semester. 
    • Physics, one semester. 
  • Mathematics — two courses, including the following: 
    • Statistics, one semester. 
    • College algebra (or higher-level math), one semester 
  • English composition, two courses (typically 6 semester hours or 8 quarter hours total). 
  • Social sciences — 14 semester hours or 20 quarter hours, including the following courses: 
    • Introduction to psychology. 
    • Introduction to sociology. 
    • Other social science courses may include psychology, sociology, economics, history or anthropology. 
  • Humanities — 8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours. Please note the following: 
    • Humanities courses may include religion, philosophy, foreign languages, literature, or the history of art, music, theater, film or dance. 
    • Studio art, instrumental music and speech classes are not acceptable. 
  • Medical Terminology, one course  

Admissions requirements

The following is required for admission consideration: 

  • Bachelor’s degree earned from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation 
  • Cumulative and science prerequisite grade-point averages of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale 
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job (support is available for students with disabilities


Shadowing (observing) a perfusionist is not required, but you are encouraged to seek out such opportunities. This will give you a better understanding of the perfusionist’s role in the operating room.

Applicants who choose to shadow a perfusionist should use this form to document their hours. 

How to Apply to the Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion Program

Take the following steps to apply:

  • Complete an application using the Allied Health Centralized Application Service (AHCAS).
  • You will also need the following ready to submit to AHCAS:
    • Official transcripts from every U.S. college or university attended.
    • International course evaluations for all coursework completed outside the United States.
    • Three professional recommendations.
      • References should be from current or former academic advisers, managers or supervisors.
      • Evaluations from co-workers, family members, and friends, are not accepted.
    • Personal statement.
  • Submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores if your native language is not English.
  • Participate in a personal interview with program faculty.

Applications will be reviewed as they are verified by AHCAS.  

You are encouraged to submit the applications and application items as early in the admissions cycle as possible.  

Interviews begin in January and February and are required for admission into the program.  

Applicants whose applications have been verified and reviewed will receive an application status update or interview invitation by the end of February. 

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Contact Our Admissions Office

(312) 942-7120