Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion (Post Professional)

David Fitzgerald, DHA, MPH, CCP, 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.


Learn more about the admission steps and requirements for the program.


Year 1, Fall

CVP 724 Quality Improvement & Information 2
CVP 772 Masters Research Project I 3
CVP 726 Evidence-Based Medicine 2
Semester Total 7

Year 1, Spring

CVP 728 Leadership and Health Services 2
CVP 773 Master's Research Project II 4
CVP 730 Pathophysiology of Aging 1
Semester Total 7

Year 1, Summer

CVP 714 Cardiac Assist Devices 2
CVP 774 Masters Research Project III 3
CVP 719 Post Professional Pediatric 1
Semester Total 6
Curriculum Total 20
Transfer Credit Hour Total* 10
Required Credit Hour Total 30

* Transfer credits must be from an AC-PE accredited perfusion program and must not have been used as credits towards a first bachelor’s degree. Course examples: pharmacology, physiology, pathophysiology.