M.S. in Perfusion

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perfusionistAt MSOE, we’ve been educating perfusionists since 1983. Students benefit from our expert faculty members, extensive clinical training and thorough course work.

MSOE’s Master of Science in Perfusion (MSP) program is designed for full-time graduate students. A clinical perfusionist operates extra-corporeal circulation (meaning blood outside of the body) equipment during medical situations where it is necessary to support or replace the patient’s cardiopulmonary/circulatory functions, such as during open-heart surgery.

As with most allied health professionals, advances in biomedical technology have broadened the scope of responsibilities of perfusionists. The rapid and proper application of these technologies demands that the clinical perfusionist of today and tomorrow possess strong academic and clinical skills involving many areas of biomedical technology.

The clinical perfusionist is involved in cardiopulmonary bypass, patient monitoring, blood conservation (cell salvage, modified ultrafiltration and plasmapharesis), intra-aortic balloon pumping (IABP), ventricular assist devices (VAD), total artificial heart placement (TAH), selection of equipment and biomaterials, extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), etc. In addition to a variety of administrative duties, the perfusionist may be responsible for a number of educational and research functions.

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Program Benefits

MSOE’s MS in Perfusion program offers many exciting benefits for students:
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  • A 100% job placement rate
  • Starting salaries for entry level perfusionists are often between $75,000 and $100,000
  • MSOE is a leader in the field of perfusion education. We have been educating perfusionists since 1983 and started the first master’s degree program in this area in 1993
  • You will be educated in research and statistical techniques, which are important for completing research projects and understanding scientific literature
  • Faculty who teach in this program have expertise in several areas of biomedical technology, including: physiology, biomaterials, biomedical equipment, pathophysiology, etc. The clinical instructors take teaching very seriously and many of them also hold degrees at the master’s level. We have more than 20 clinical instructors
  • A student’s case load is typically at least 100 procedures, including a strong pediatric experience. This count only includes those cases in which you are acting as the primary perfusionist
  • You will see a wide variety of cases, including implantation of Ventricular Assist Devices, transplant procedures and procedures using ECMO (extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation)
  • All cases are in the Milwaukee area
  • Perfusionists are in high demand for people with a degree in this field, according to Money and Career Cheat Sheet.

Application Deadline

Applications may be submitted at any time for consideration of future enrollment. The program will start reviewing applications between December 15 and January 1 for the following September’s class. Applications will be considered until the class is full, after which applicants will have the option of being considered for the waiting list as well as carrying over their application for the following year.

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Financial Aid

All MSOE graduate students are eligible to apply for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. Most of MSOE’s graduate students are employed full-time and over 70% receive employer tuition support. If you are employed, we also recommend that you speak with your employer about tuition reimbursement assistance.

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Curriculum Content

PE 673 – Advanced Physiology I 3 credits
PE 7010 – Clinical Extra-Corporeal Perfusion I 4 credits
PE 651 – Seminar on Medical Ethics 2 credits
PE 7101 – Clinical Perfusion Practicum I 2 credits

PE 674 – Advanced Physiology II 3 credits
PE 675 – Pathophysiology 3 credits
PE 7021 – Clinical Extra-Corporeal Perfusion II 2 credits
PE 7102 – Clinical Perfusion Practicum II 3 credits

PE 670 – Pharmacology 3 credits
PE 601 – Analysis of Biological Systems 3 credits
PE 7031 – Clinical Extra-Corporeal Perfusion III 2 credits
PE 7103 – Clinical Perfusion Practicum III 3 credits
PE 650 – Seminar on Clinical Medicine 2 credits

PE 7051 – Clinical Extra-Corporeal Perfusion IV 2 credits
PE 7104 – Clinical Perfusion Practicum IV 3 credits

PE 647 – The Design of Experiments 3 credits
PE 7000 – Extra-Corporeal Perfusion Laboratory 2 credits
PE 7041 – Pediatric Extra-Corporeal Perfusion 2 credits
PE 7105 – Clinical Perfusion Practicum V 3 credits

PE 699 – Master’s Thesis 6 credits
PE 7106 – Clinical Perfusion Practicum VI 3 credits

Program Educational Objectives

The objectives of the MSP program are that, within one year of graduation:

  • All graduates will become certified clinical perfusionists (CCPs).
  • Each graduating class will collectively score above the national average on the certification exam.
  • All new graduates will be employed in the field of perfusion, if that is their desire.
  • All graduates will report meeting the performance and behavioral standards needed in their profession.
  • All employers will report satisfaction with the behavior and performance of the graduates.

Student Outcomes

The outcomes of the MSP program are that each student, at the time of graduation, will:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge in the areas of cardiovascular science.
  • Have acquired the clinical skills needed to provide quality perfusion services to the patient.
  • Be able to formulate, design, perform, analyze, and communicate the results of a research project.
  • Demonstrate initiative in their professional activities
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