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.
Recommended prerequisite or co-requisite: CHEM 115 or CHEM 238.
This course examines the structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins. The molecular mechanisms of replication, transcription, mRNA processing and translation will be emphasized. In addition, regulation of these processes will be explored. Lecture and laboratory. Intended for students majoring in biology or related disciplines.
Prerequisite: BIOL 181.
An introduction to the principles of evolutionary biology, including the history, processes and patterns of evolution as well as systematic biology.
Prerequisite: CHEM 238.
A lecture course that covers analytical methods of chemical analysis. Topics include statistical analysis, quantitative chemical analysis, chemical equilibria, eletroanalytical techniques and fundamentals of spectroscopy.
Prerequisite: CHEM 238-L.
A laboratory course designed to give students experiences with analytical methods of chemical analysis. Topics include data analysis, chemical equilibria (acid-base and complexation), redox titrations and spectroscopy.
A fundamental course in the study of inorganic chemistry. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, nomenclature of inorganic compounds, fundamentals of inorganic complexes and an introduction to the chemistry of main group elements.
A fundamental laboratory course in the study of inorganic chemistry. Topics include the preparation of inorganic complexes, resolution of chiral transition metal compounds, ion conductivity and a preparation of a main group inorganic compound.
Prerequisite: CHEM 238.
This lecture course is an in-depth study of organic functional group chemistry of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, aromatics and alcohols. Topics include nomenclature, stereochemistry, mechanisms, and theory.
Prerequisite: CHEM 238-L.
This laboratory course has a 1?hour lecture component that introduces the lab and complements CHEM 315. It develops organic lab skills and techniques with extensive hands?on experience and organic application of spectroscopy and instrumentation
Prerequisite: CHEM 315 or CHEM 312. Recommended prerequisite: CHEM 327.
A lecture course that studies the structure and function of biological molecules. Topics include enzyme kinetics, synthesis and degradation of biological molecules, and energy production. Emphasis will be placed on enzyme mechanisms and regulation.
Prerequisite: CHEM 315.
This lecture course continues in-depth study of organic functional group chemistry of carbonyl containing compounds and amines. Topics include spectroscopy, mechanisms, theory and an introduction to biochemistry and metabolic pathways.
Prerequisite: CHEM 315-L or CHEM 312-L.
A laboratory course has a 1?hour lecture component that introduces the lab and complements CHEM 415. It continues development of organic lab skills and techniques. Topics covered will include multi-step synthesis, open- ended projects involving experimental design and an introduction to enzyme catalysis and stereochemical control.
This course introduces students to the expectations of academic work at the collegiate level. Particular emphasis lies on developing students’ skills in writing, critical thinking and information literacy. Each course section has its own theme, developed by faculty members from a wide variety of disciplines.
Expository writing provides students with valuable opportunities to write in a wide variety of modes of nonfiction, including narrative essays, film and book reviews, cultural analyses and journalistic essays. Students read and discuss published nonfiction and participate in workshops where they respond to one another’s writing in small groups. The workshop format enables students to respond to issues of form, purpose, voice and audience.
Prerequisite: One year of high school algebra.
A course to acquaint the student with the basic ideas and language of statistics including such topics such as descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, basic experimental design, elementary probability, binomial and normal distributions, estimation and test of hypotheses, and analysis of variance.
Prerequisite: Two years of high school algebra and one semester of high school trigonometry.
A study of the fundamental principles of analytic geometry and calculus with an emphasis on differentiation.
Co-requisite: MATH 231.
The principles of Newtonian mechanics including motion, energy, and force. Calculus with extensive use of vector analysis. Intended for science majors. The modeling-centered, inquiry-based workshop format — integrated laboratory and lecture — emphasizes experiment, data collection and analysis, problem solving, and cooperative learning in both small and large groups. Three two-hour sessions per week. Offered fall semester.
Prerequisite: PHYS 211.
Continuation of Newtonian mechanics, including working, 2-d motion, impulse-momentum, and circular motion. Also electrical and magnetic properties of matter, fields and forces, and DC circuits. Calculus with extensive use of vector analysis. Intended for science majors. The modeling-centered, inquiry-based workshop format — integrated laboratory and lecture — emphasizes experiment, data collection and analysis, problem solving, and cooperative learning in both small and large groups. Three two-hour sessions per week. Offered spring semester.
Undergraduate students in the clinical perfusionist field often major in biology, chemistry, or both. Clinical Perfusion is considered a program and is not a major. A bachelor’s degree is required prior to acceptance into a perfusionist certificate 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 perfusion schools only offer certification, but some have degree programs.
Internships and Clinical Experience
Drury also strongly recommends that students spend time in a clinical settng. The experience that the student gains will not only give them a better understanding of the perfusionist profession, but these experiences let perfusion schools know that an applicant has firsthand knowledge of the profession. A Drury University student has the advantage of contacts with local alumni, who can provide students with both shadowing opportunites and, in some cases, internships. Other internships can be arranged through the Office of Career Planning and Development.
Clinical Perfusion Certificate Schools
Located in Iowa City, Iowa, the University of Iowa Perfusion Technology program provides students with a unique opportunity to train in one of the largest teaching hospitals in the nation. The hands-on experience coupled with a comprehensive curriculum allows students to gain the necessary skills to succeed in this profession. In Fact, the University of Iowa has a 100% job placement rate upon graduate from this program. The Perfusion Technology program is 20 months long and results in a certificate in perfusion.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center is located in Omaha, Nebraska. This program offers a degree in Master of Perfusion Science (MPS) upon completion of the 21 month program. per year, only 10 students are accepted into the Clinical Perfusion Program. These students demonstrate academic excellence in the required prerequisite courses and extensive clinical experience in this field.
Texas Heart Institute offers a 12 month post-baccalaureate program for a certificate in perfusion technology. This program prepares students for success in their profession through instruction in cardiopulmonary function and by training in the operation room. In addition, students at the Texas Heart Institute are trained to operate the cardiopulmonary bypass machine and other equipment used in heart surgery. Only eight students are admitted to each class and there are two classes per year. Texas Heart Institute is located in Houston, Texas.