At MSOE, we’ve been educating perfusionists since 1983.  Students in the perfusion program will see a wide variety of cases, which may include implantation of Ventricular Assist Devices, transplant procedures and procedures using ECMO (extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation). Students act as the primary perfusionist in over 100 cases—all in the Milwaukee area—including a strong pediatric experience. Simulation will also be used to prepare students. Research and statistical techniques are also core to the program, which are critical for completing research projects and understanding scientific literature.

 MSOE’s M.S. in Perfusion program prepares students in the following clinical areas:

  • 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)

Curriculum Format

MSOE’s Master of Science in perfusion program starts in the fall of each academic year and is designed for full-time graduate students. It can be completed over six consecutive quarters, provided all program requirements are met. Academic courses meet on campus. Students are required to provide their own transportation to the various affiliated clinical sites—most are located within 25 miles of campus.

Application process

Applicants may apply at any time. Enrollment is limited to eight students per year. Only the most highly qualified applicants will be invited for interviews, and acceptance decisions will be made after interviews are completed. Applications are reviewed after Dec. 15 for the September class of the following year. Applications will be considered until the class is full. A criminal background check and urine drug screen will be conducted for all students entering the program. See a complete list of requirements.

Cost

Total tuition cost of the program is determined by multiplying the number of credits (expected to be 66 in 2019-20) by the graduate tuition rate.

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), https://www.caahep.org.

M.S. in Perfusion Program Details

Read more about MSOE's M.S. in Perfusion graduate degree.

Meet Our Faculty

We have more than 20 clinical instructors and faculty who teach in this program and have expertise in several areas of biomedical technology, including: physiology, biomaterials, biomedical equipment and pathophysiology.

Graduate Outcomes Rate for the Program

100%

Starting salaries for entry level perfusionists are often between $75,000 and $100,000.