Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion


This program is a full-time, five-semester program that is committed to training future perfusionists to be leaders in their discipline. Students within this program will be physically located at Cleveland Clinic and engage in face-to-face and online learning through Cleveland Clinic and OHIO Online. 

The demand for cardiovascular perfusion practitioners is currently increasing due to the aging of the U.S. population. A longer lifespan translates into greater incidence of cardiovascular diseases which open-heart surgery is a treatment option. There is also an intensified focus on health for cardiac issues in response to high heart-related mortality rates nationwide.

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum 3.0 GPA
  • A preferred “B” or higher letter grade in prerequisite courses which may include the following: bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, at least 3 credit hours college math (stats are required as part of these 3 credit hours), 8 credit hours college physics, 1 credit hour pharmacology, 16 credit hours in biology (a bios series and an anatomy and physiology series are required), 12 credit hours in chemistry (biochemistry is required).
  • Selected applicants will be asked to interview with Cleveland Clinic .
  • If selected for admission, the student will be required to reside in the Cleveland Ohio area for the entirety of the program.
  • Fall 2024 applications will open later this year.

Note: All applications and application materials must be submitted through the Graduate College.

Required Documents for Application

Please complete the following documents and include them as part of your application to the program:

International Students

This program does not permit full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this program.

Program Outcomes

Successful program graduates will:
  • Demonstrate clinical skills in cardiopulmonary bypass and mechanical circulatory devices.
  • Demonstrate acquired perfusion knowledge and general medical knowledge.
  • Demonstrate acquired knowledge of various perfusion equipment and supplies used in the healthcare setting.
  • Integrate perfusion theory to clinical applications.
  • Demonstrate clinical skills in autotransfusion, blood conservation, and blood product management. Demonstrate clinical skills in laboratory analysis of blood gases, hematocrit, and coagulation.
  • Respond appropriately during crisis management.
  • Effectively manage a catastrophic event such as device failure or air emboli.
  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner and function effectively as a member of the healthcare team.
  • Pass the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion's Perfusion Basic Science Examination (PBSE) and Clinical Applications in Perfusion Examination (CAPE) meeting AB-CP outcome thresholds.

Graduation Requirements

Fall (Semester 1)

IHS 6301 Perfusion Theory I (3.0 cr hrs)

IHS 6302 Perfusion Circuit (2.0 cr hrs)

IHS 6921 Perfusion Practicum I (4.0 cr hrs)

IHS 5447 Critical Thinking and Clinical Reasoning (3.0 cr hrs)

Total hours = 12 hours

Spring (Semester 2)

IHS 6303 Clinical Implementation I (2.0 cr hrs)

IHS 6304 Perfusion Theory II (2.0 cr hrs) (prereq IHS 6301)

IHS 6940 Research Seminar I (1.0 cr hr)

IHS 6922 Perfusion Practicum II (4.0 cr hrs) (prereq IHS 6921)

IHS 5520 Research and Evidence-Based Practice in Health Care (3.0 cr hrs)

Total hours = 12 hours

Summer (Semester 3)

IHS 6305 Clinical Implementation II (2.0 cr hrs)  (prereq IHS 6303)

IHS 6306 Perfusion Theory III (2.0 cr hrs.)  (prereq IHS 6304)

IHS 6900 Perfusion Special Topics (1.0 cr hrs)

IHS 6923 Perfusion Practicum III (4.0 cr hrs) (prereq IHS 6922)

Total Hours= 9 hours

Fall (Semester 4)

IHS 6307 Mechanical Support (3.0 cr hrs)

IHS 6941 Research Seminar II (1.0 cr hrs) (prereq IHS 6940)

IHS 6924 Perfusion Practicum IV (4.0 cr hrs) (prereq IHS 6923)

IHS 5513 Health Informatics (3.0 cr hrs)

Total hours = 11 hours

Spring (Semester 5)

IHS 6942 Research Seminar III (1.0 cr hr) (prereq IHS 6941)

IHS 6925 Perfusion Practicum V (5.0 cr hrs) (prereq IHS 6924)

HLTH 5850 Quality Improvement in Healthcare (3.0 cr hrs) spring two

Total hours = 9 hours

Program Total Credit Hours: 53


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Note: Per the Cardiovascular Perfusion Handbook, students will be required to attend clinical hours that take place outside of the OHIO academic calendar.

For further information about the program, contact Matt Wittenauer.