MS in Cardiovascular Perfusion - Entry
David Fitzgerald, DHA, MPH, CCP, Division Director
The Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion (CVP) program prepares its graduates to work as certified clinical perfusionists (CCP) in a variety of health care settings where extracorporeal life support services are required. Perfusionists are typically employed in cardiac surgical centers and operate the heart-lung machine during open heart surgery. They serve as experts in associated technologies such as ventricular assist devices and are involved in many aspects of perioperative blood management.
As a graduate of the MUSC CVP program, you’ll become an essential member of the cardiothoracic surgical team. Extensive knowledge of anatomy, pharmacology, pathology and surgical techniques are keys to success. Perfusionists can specialize in areas of pediatric perfusion and mechanical circulatory support devices. The MUSC perfusion program provides extensive experience in both areas.
The MUSC perfusion program was started in 1979 by James P. Dearing and is considered one of the best programs in the country. This is evidenced by very high pass rates on the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion Certification Exam, a large number of research publications by the full-time faculty members, and a world class simulation facility for practicing perfusion techniques. In addition to clinical facilities at MUSC, students receive clinical training at highly recognized cardiac surgical centers across the country and abroad that serve as MUSC clinical affiliation sites.
The MUSC Cardiovascular Perfusion Program is accredited by the Commission of Allied Health EducationPrograms (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Committee for Perfusion Education (AC-PE).
- Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
- Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above in all college work
Prerequisites (19 of 27 hours must be completed to apply)
- 27 hours of prerequisite courses must be completed before the program's start date
|Mathematics (6 hours recommended)||3|
|Anatomy and Physiology (includes lab)||8|
|Chemistry (includes lab)||8|
|Physics (includes lab)||4|
|Here is a guide of Frequently Approved Prerequisites.|
Please note: The Office of Enrollment Management is able to offer unofficial transcript evaluations from March 1st - June 30th. Please call Enrollment Management at 843-792-2536 to speak with an admissions specialist or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Competitive GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores
- Three references
- Current CPR Certification
- Shadow a perfusionist.
- Complete the Cardiovascular Perfusion Program Shadowing Log (PDF)
- *Clemson University students who are on the Accelerated Pathway track must provide signed verification of Clemson general education requirements validated by the Clemson Registrar’s Office by time of matriculation into MUSC. https://www.clemson.edu/academics/programs/musc/
CVP Shadowing at MUSC
We do not require that the shadowing experience be performed at MUSC. If you would like to shadow at MUSC, please visit this link: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/chp/cvp/Admissions/shadowing.htm
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for admissions for international students whose native language is not English. The TOEFL score will be evaluated in conjunction with other academic credentials. Acceptable communication skills including reading comprehension, oral communication, and writing are required.
In addition to the application itself the applicant must complete the supplemental materials. These forms are available in a PDF format within the application and are also sent through email once an application is submitted. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from each post-secondary school attended and all materials must be received by the application deadline.
- Confirm prerequisites
- Complete university application
- Minimal Skills Form
- Application fee
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended
- GRE scores
- Three letters of reference
- Shadow log (PDF)
- Academic Plan Form
Please note: All above information must be received on or before the application deadline before an admission decision can be made. It is the applicant's responsibility to review the progress of his/her application by visiting the progress portal.
|Start Term||Application Type||Available||Deadline|
|Fall 2020||Regular||July 1, 2019||Jan 1, 2020|
After the application process is completed, qualified applicants may be invited for a personal interview and tour of the facilities which are held at the end of February through early March.
Offers will be sent in March/April.