Please note: This is an informational page for current SPU students and does not represent a program that SPU offers.
Becoming a cardiovascular perfusionist requires a bachelor’s degree with a strong background in biology, math, human physiology, chemistry, and other scientific disciplines. The cardiovascular perfusionist training programs are around 1-4 years in length. After graduating from a certification program, the individual will complete a two-part exam administered by the American Board of Clinical Perfusionists (ABCP). Not all states require certification, but employers may. The certification will need a yearly renewal.
There are several perfusionist programs throughout the United States. Official programs are certified through the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion.
Most programs require the following:
- Bachelor's degree
- The Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Completion of the following course work:
- Social Sciences, Biology w/lab, General chemistry w/ lab, A&P, Biochemistry, Physics, Applied mathematics, English
- Experience shadowing a perfusionist
- At least two letters of recommendation
After completing a cardiovascular perfusionist program, practitioners must pass the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion Examination to attain Certification in Clinical Perfusion (CCP).
Content provided by PPHS students Becca Gorrie and Emma Honeyman