MS in Cardiovascular Perfusion - Post Professional

Joseph Sistino, Ph.D., Division Director

New technologies and surgical procedures require that practicing certified cardiovascular perfusionists (CCP) have an increased knowledge base for managing both neonates and elderly patients with complex medical conditions as well as the application of new cardiac assist devices. Leadership skills are becoming more essential as an increased number of practicing cardiovascular perfusionists attain leadership roles.

The post-professional Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion is designed for working perfusionists who have completed an AC-PE accredited perfusion education program. This graduate level program provides individuals an opportunity to advance their educational and professional goals.

The one-year program is completed via distance learning, using a combination of online course work, independent reading, and projects. In addition to perfusion specific coursework, students will also take courses in leadership, quality improvement, and informatics. The program includes a capstone research project.

Distance Education Information

MUSC has been approved by South Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Currently, MUSC accepts applications to the Cardiovascular Perfusion Post Professional Program from students who live in all states except the territory of Puerto Rico.

To learn more please see the Office of Institutional Effectiveness' State Authorization page


Prerequisites for admission to the Cardiovascular Perfusion Post Professional Program consist of:

  1. Certified Clinical Perfusionist (CCP) by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion.
  2. Completion of an AC-PE accredited perfusion education program.
  3. Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree with eligible transfer credits.

Additional requirements and a full list of prerequisites coursework can be found at the College of Health Professions website.

Application Process

In addition to the application itself the applicant must complete supplemental reference materials specific to the program to which they are applying. These forms are available in 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.

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline

Fall 2021


July 1, 2020

April 30, 2021