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Program Overview

Program Overview

New Cardiovascular Perfusion program to enroll inaugural class in fall of 2021, featuring clinical partnership with SpecialtyCare.

As a perfusion scientist, you’ll be a valued member of a cardiac surgical team. Perfusionists play a vital role to ensure a patient’s blood continues flowing throughout the body by utilizing artificial pumps during cardiac procedures. In just 24 months, you can transform your future in a profession with life-saving and life-changing outcomes for the patients you serve.

The cardiovascular perfusion curriculum prepares you to enter a highly skilled and desired position within the surgical theater. Lipscomb’s clinical partnership with SpecialtyCare, the national market leader in perfusion services, provides you with the highest quality clinical placement during your education and job opportunities after graduation. SpecialtyCare serves over 1,100 hospitals and health systems, supporting 13,500 physicians and 400,000+ procedures annually. This partnership provides the advantages of a nationwide network located in the health care capital. 

As a Lipscomb student, you’ll be training in a state-of-the-art health simulation center, which is uniquely equipped to provide hands-on learning in a low-risk environment during your didactic training. The center includes a newly designed and specialized laboratory dedicated to cardiovascular perfusion instruction.

The Cardiovascular Perfusion program is currently under review for approval by Lipscomb's internal curricular team. At the appropriate time, the program will be presented to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for further consideration for approval. Lipscomb University is also in the initial application process for seeking accreditation through the Accreditation Committee for Perfusion Education (AC-PE), which is part of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

The Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion requires candidates to submit an application by the published deadline and participate in an interview process. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, or the international equivalent verified by WES, or anticipate earning a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation into the perfusion sciences program. 

All prerequisite science courses must be taken within seven years of matriculation. A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is required. Additionally, all applicants will be expected to have earned a C or above in the required prerequisite courses.

Understanding Holistic Application Reviews

Lipscomb utilizes a holistic application review and interview process, which may include the following: academics, communication skills, letters of recommendation, problem-solving skills, professionalism, work experience, degree earned, research, volunteerism, interview performance, attitude, timeliness and other factors that help differentiate those applicants that possess the highest likelihood of succeeding as part of the health care team. 

Certain exceptions may be granted on an individual basis concerning admissions requirements. No assurances or guarantees are given or implied based on the completion of the prerequisites or achieving a high level of academic performance.

The Cardiovascular Perfusion program is currently under review for approval by Lipscomb's internal curricular team. At the appropriate time, the program will be presented to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for further consideration for approval. Lipscomb University is also in the initial application process for seeking accreditation through the Accreditation Committee for Perfusion Education (AC-PE), which is part of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Courses

Courses

As a cardiovascular perfusion student, your curriculum will require 24 continuous months of study. The first 30 credit hours will be didactic learning on Lipscomb’s campus. The second 30 credit hours will be completed in clinical settings.

Year 1

Fall

  • PERF 5XX3 - Cardiac Anatomy & Physiology (3)
  • PA 5022 - Ethics in Health Care (2)
  • PA 5042 - Biostatistics and Evidence Based Medicine (2)
  • PHPR 2903 - Clinical Concepts of Disease I (3)
  • PERF 5XX1 - Seminar I / Interprofessional Education (1)

Total Hours 11

Spring

  • PERF 5XX2 - Pharmacology in Perfusion I (2)
  • PERF 5XX3 - Principles & Practice in Perfusion Technology I (3)
  • PERF 5XX2 - Mechanical Devices I (2)
  • PERF 5XX2 - Clinical Practicum I (2)
  • PHAD 2222 - Healthcare Delivery (2)
  • PHPR 2913 - Clinical Concepts of Disease II (3)
  • PERF 5XX2 - Principles of Lab Analysis (2)

Total Hours 16

Summer

  • PERF 5XX1 - Basic Science in Perfusion (1)
  • PERF 5XX1 - Journal Review (1)
  • PERF 5XX2 - Pharamacology in Perfusion II (2)
  • PERF 5XX3 - Principles & Practice in Perfusion Technology II (3)
  • PERF 5XX5 - Clinical Practicum II (5)
  • PERF 5XX2 - Capstone Development I (2)
  • PERF 5XX1 - Seminar II (1)

Total Hours 15

Year 2

Fall

  • PERF 6XX2 - Mechanical Assist Devices II (2)
  • PERF 6XX5 - Clinical Practicum III (5)
  • PERF 6XX2 - Capstone Development II (2)
  • PERF 6XX1 - Seminar III (1)

Total Hours 10

Spring

  • PERF 6XX5 - Clinical Practicum IV (5)
  • PERF 6XX2 - Capstone Development III (2)
  • PERF 6XX1 - Seminar IV (1)
  • PERF 6XXX - PBSE Review (0)

Total Hours 8

Program Total 60 hours

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Tuition is $1,030 per credit hour for 60 hours, a total of $61,800. Fees are still pending.

Applying for Financial Aid

We encourage all students to file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and apply for financial aid. Doing so is the only way to know what aid you are eligible to receive. Applying for aid does not affect your chances of being admitted to Lipscomb. We recommend that the FAFSA be filed by April 1. If you do not have your tax return completed by then, go ahead and file the FAFSA. You can always amend your FAFSA once your return is complete.

  • Complete your FAFSA by going to FAFSA.gov and electronically submitting it.
  • Be sure to have your tax information from the most recent tax year and your driver's license.
  • If you have filed a FAFSA before, you will need your FSA ID.
  • If you have not filed a FAFSA before, visit FAFSA.gov to request an ID.
  • Lipscomb University's school code is 003486 (to be used in step six on the FAFSA).

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Career Paths

Perfusionist

Perfusionists play a vital role to ensure a patient’s blood continues flowing throughout the body by utilizing artificial pumps during cardiac procedures, replacing the function of the heart while the cardiac surgeon operates.