Perfusion School Directory

View our perfusion school directory, find the top perfusion school in your area and start your journey of saving lives and making a difference.

Perfusion Schools & Education

Perfusion is a hidden gem among in the medical industry, offering incredible career opportunities for those entering the medical field or for anyone considering a career change. If you have a bachelor’s degree in a medical or science field, such as chemistry, biology, or medical technology, we encourage you to consider perfusion school as your next step. With a limited number of perfusion schools across the country and a limited number of perfusionists taking the place of retirees, there is a critical shortage. It is a great time to research perfusion schools and start the journey to a rewarding career. Perfusion school can be completed in as little as one to two years.

Healthcare Faces a Severe Shortage of Perfusionists

Perfusionists are critical members of the OR team who operate the heart-lung machine during the 350,000 heart surgeries performed annually in the United States. They expertly keep the patient’s lungs breathing, the heart pumping, and the blood circulating. But, healthcare faces a serious shortage of skilled perfusionists. And the shortage is getting worse.

A sample of 10 percent of active perfusionists found that nearly 50 percent of perfusionists are over 50 years old, and in 2015 there were almost 30 percent fewer new graduates entering the field than professionals leaving the field. This is why SpecialtyCare supports Thomas Jefferson University’s Institute of Emerging Health Professions Center for Perfusion and Extracorporeal Technology Education, which offers one of the most advanced perfusionist education programs available today. It’s also why, more than ever before, a perfusion career is a smart choice.

Perfusion School Directory

We like to call perfusionists “the heart of the operating room,” as they play a critical role in keeping the patient’s heart and lungs functioning with a heart-lung machine so the surgeon can make necessary repairs. We also like to think of perfusion as a hidden gem of career opportunities as it is not often discussed or well-known in the industry. Unfortunately, there is a critical shortage of perfusionists in this country for two major reasons: A surge of perfusionists in the field are and will be retiring and there aren’t enough entering the industry to replace them.

As the leading provider of perfusion services, SpecialtyCare is taking measures to promote this incredible career opportunity. Perfusion topped the list of “Great Career Paths We’re Not Taking Anymore,” in an article published on, due to its great earning potential and relatively quick entry into the field. Becoming a perfusionist requires a bachelor’s degree in the medical sciences, (such as chemistry, biology, medical technology, etc.) and the completion of a training program. Advanced degrees in perfusion and cardiovascular studies are certainly available for those who’d like to further develop their expertise. SpecialtyCare also offers scholarship opportunities each year for students.

If you are interested in a rewarding career as a perfusionist, here are the active perfusion education programs in the U.S.

Texas Heart Perfusion Program

Program Director: Terry Crane, BS, CCP
Email: [email protected]

Leading the world of perfusion in education, Texas Heart Institute was the first accredited Perfusion Technology School in the United States. This program is located in Houston, TX and offers a post-baccalaureate 12-month course.

Quinnipiac University Cardiovascular Perfusion Program

Program Director: Michael Smith, PhD, CCP
Email: [email protected]

Located in Hamden, CT, Quinnipiac provides a curriculum centered around perfusion equipment operation and cardiac surgery. The program is one of eight in the nation that offers graduate-level training in perfusion.

Baylor Scott & White Heart Hospital’s Cardiovascular Institute

Program Director: Altaf (Al) Panjwani
Email: [email protected]

The CVI’s Cardiovascular Perfusion program produces competent entry-level Perfusionists through an interactive and engaging 12-month course of study proctored by physicians, perfusionists, and healthcare professionals who are passionate about educating future generations of perfusionists.

Rush University Perfusion Program

Program Director: Julie Collins, CCP
Email: [email protected]

Rush University’s cardiovascular perfusion master’s degree program prepares students for a career as an advanced perfusionist. This 21-month course consists of coursework and clinical fieldwork.

Vanderbilt University

Program Director: Nicole Michaud, MS, CCP
Email: [email protected]

Vanderbilt University ranks 14 in the nation for best universities. This 21-month program fosters academic achievement, clinical competency, and professional skills.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Program Director: Cliff Ball, BS, CCP
Email: [email protected]

Cleveland Clinic’s Cardiovascular Perfusion Program is an intensive, full-time, 18-month program boasting a rigorous academic and clinical education schedule.

Milwaukee School of Engineering Perfusion Program

Program Director: Ronald Gerrits, PhD
Email: [email protected]

Milwaukee School of Engineering has been educating perfusionists since 1983 and was the first college to offer a master’s degree program in this area in 1993. This full-time program includes significant clinical experience and courses focused on health-sciences, statistics and research study interpretation.

University of Nebraska Perfusion Program

Program Director: David W. Holt, MA, CCT
Email: [email protected]

This masters level program is 21 months in length and is located in Omaha, NE. The first two semesters, phase I, consist of didactic coursework and an introduction to perfusion science, while phase II and III move on to clinical rotations, a research project, and elective courses.

SUNY Upstate Perfusion Program

Program Director: Bruce Searles, MS, CCP
Email: [email protected]

Located in Syracuse, NY, SUNY Upstate offers a Master of Science in Clinical Perfusion which will produce competent entry-level perfusionists, who will be eligible to apply to take the national certification examinations offered by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion. Grads can also to apply for a license as a perfusionist in all license-issuing states including New York.

University of Arizona Circulatory Sciences Graduate Program

Program Director: Raymond Wong, PhD, CCP
Email: [email protected]

Located in Tuscon, AZ, the University of Arizona offers a Perfusion Sciences Graduate Program.

MUSC Extracorporeal Technology Educational Program

Program Director: Joe Sistino, PhD, CCP
Email: [email protected]

The MUSC Perfusion Program was started in 1979 by James P. Dearing and is considered one of the best programs in the country, boasting high pass rates on the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion Certification Exam, extensive published research by faculty members, and a world-class simulation facility for hands-on training. Students receive clinical training at several highly recognized cardiac surgical centers. Located in beautiful Charleston, SC, this program is 21 months.

Thomas Jefferson University

Program Director: Brian Schartz, MS, CCP
Email: [email protected]

Located in Philadelphia, PA, this two-year program prepares students for an entry-level perfusion career. SpecialtyCare supports Thomas Jefferson University’s Institute of Emerging Health Professions Center for Perfusion and Extracorporeal Technology Education, with simulation equipment to help prepare students for the OR.

University of Pittsburgh Perfusion Program

Program Director: Ryan Dzadonyri, MS, CCP
Email: [email protected]

The UPMC Shadyside School of Cardiovascular Perfusion offers a complete and accredited program in cooperation with Carlow University, leading to a Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion.

Cardiovascular Perfusion Program at University of Texas Health Science Center McGovern Medical School

Program Director: Richard Price, BA, CCP, LP
Email: [email protected]

The cardiovascular perfusion program at McGovern Medical School offers an accredited post-baccalaureate certificate program that meets the state of Texas licensing and national accrediting agency requirements. The school provides excellent training in partnership with Memorial Hermann’s Center for Advanced Heart Failure.

University of Utah Perfusion Studies Program

Program Director: Kirk R. Bingham, MS, CCP
Email: [email protected]

The Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion (CVP) is a proposed graduate degree program currently going through the Utah State Higher Education’s required approval process. It will be housed in the Division of Cardiothoracic (CT) Surgery in the School of Medicine. The CVP is designed to educate students and prepare them with the knowledge, skills, and expertise necessary to graduate as licensed cardiovascular perfusionists.

Lawrence Technological University Master of Science Cardiovascular Perfusion Program

Program Director: Kevin McCusker Ph.D., M.Sc., CCP, LP
Email: [email protected]

Lawrence Technological University remains the only institution within the State of Michigan devoted exclusively to a Master of Science Cardiovascular Perfusion Program. Lawrence Technological University is a unique school that offers a broad range of full-time, part-time, and continuing education programs.

Lipscomb University

Program Director: David Webb, MS, CP
Email: [email protected]

In just 22 months, you can transform your future in a profession with life-saving and life-changing outcomes for the patients you serve. Our cardiovascular perfusion curriculum prepares you to enter a highly skilled and desired position within the surgical theater.

Hofstra Cardiovascular Sciences and Perfusion Medicine

Program Director: Edward Delaney and Joseph Greco
Email: [email protected]

The Cardiovascular Sciences and Perfusion Medicine Program is committed to the education, mentoring, and professional development of future cardiovascular perfusionists.

UI Carver College of Medicine Perfusion Technology

Program Director: Shahna Helmick
Email: [email protected]

Since 1992, the University of Iowa has been training perfusion professionals through intensive academic preparation, laboratory simulation, and clinical education. Clinical experience is gained from six staff perfusionists who work at UI Hospitals and Clinics and over 10 different external rotation sites available.

Midwestern University Perfusion Program

Program Director: Kyle W. Dana, DC, CP
Email: [email protected]

Midwestern University’s Cardiovascular Science Program prepares you to flourish in the ever-changing field of cardiopulmonary surgery. Our curriculum is a full-time professional program of didactic and laboratory simulation education that exposes you to new surgical techniques and technologies, first through clinical observation and then through rotations at affiliated hospitals across the country.