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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 CHEM 336 Biochemistry.

Program curriculum:

BIOL 172: Molecular Biology 
BIOL 181: Mechanisms of Inheritance 
BIOL 182: Evolution
CHEM 208: Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 208-L: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 238: Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 238-L: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 315: Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 315-L: Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 336: Biochemistry
CHEM 415: Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 415-L: Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CORE 101: Drury Seminar
ENGL 207: Expository Writing
MATH 227: Statistics
MATH 231: Calculus I
PHYS 211: General Physics I 
PHYS 212: General Physics II

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