Utah Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion
The Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion (CVP) is a graduate degree program housed in the Division of Cardiothoracic (CT) Surgery at the UofU School of Medicine. The CVP program is designed to educate students and prepare them with the knowledge, skills, and expertise necessary to graduate as certified cardiovascular perfusionists. Perfusionists are vital members of the cardiovascular surgical team as they are responsible for running the heart-lung (cardiopulmonary bypass) machine, among many other hospital responsibilities. Our program graduates will meet the requirements necessary to succeed in a field where surgical techniques, cardiopulmonary bypass techniques, and new technologies are constantly changing the way we practice medicine.
- Prerequisite Courses Required:
- Anatomy 3 credits (U of U BIOL 2325)
- Physiology 3 credits (U of U BIOL 2420)
- Biochemistry 3 credits (U of U BIOL 3510)
- Physics 3 credits (U of U PHYS 2010)
- Biology with lab 8 credit hours (U of U BIOL 1210/BIOL 2020)
- General Chemistry (inorganic with lab) 4 credit hours (U of U CHEM 1210)
- College Algebra or higher 6 credit hours (U of U MATH 1050/MATH 1060)
- English 6 credit hours (U of U WRTG 2010 and one additional course)
- Social and Behavior Sciences (sociology, psychology, anthropology, etc.) 6 credit hours
There are NO expiration dates on any of the prerequisite courses, but it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that anatomy and physiology be taken within the last 7 years. This is to help the accepted student be ready for the rigorous anatomy and physiology requirements while in the CVP program. If accepted, the CVP program MAY require that the student take a refresher anatomy and physiology course before entering their first year of didactic learning.
- Completion of the program’s interview process
- Passage of the University of Utah criminal background check and drug screenings
- GRE exam not required