About the Pre-Clinical Perfusionists Program

Clinical perfusionists are the health-care professionals who are responsible for operating the machinery that regulates a patient’s heart and lungs during surgery. Because of the specialty of their work, these technicians have become an integral part of the cardiothoracic surgery team. In order to be considered for employment, the student must graduate from an accredited perfusionist school. Most perfusionist schools only offer certification, but some have degree programs. Requirements beyond core classes include: BIOL 205 Human Anatomy, BIOL 206 Human Physiology, BIOL 208 Microbiology, and BIOL/CHEM 336 Biochemistry.

Program curriculum:

CORE 101: Drury Seminar
BIOL 172: Molecular Biology
BIOL 181: Mechanisms of Inheritance
CHEM 208/L: Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 238/238L: Inorganic Chemistry
MATH 231: Calculus I
MATH 227: Statistics
PHYS 211: General Physics I
CHEM 315/315L: Organic Chemistry I
BIOL 205: Human Anatomy
BIOL 206: Human Physiology

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