Earn an accelerated Bachelor's and Master's degree
Combine a liberal arts education with hands-on clinical
experience in this accelerated program. You will work toward your
Bachelor of Science in Biology, completing clinical experience in
your senior year and moving on to apply to the Master of Science in
Cardiovascular Perfusion program. You can earn both degrees in four
years-plus a summer and fall semester-making it one of the fastest
accelerated options at Carlow.
In this dual-degree program, you will join a diverse community
of learners as you pursue biology within the tradition of the
liberal arts. You'll accumulate the technical proficiency and
professional skills required of healthcare professionals, setting
you up for success after graduation.
With a MS in Cardiovascular Perfusion, your career opportunities
span outside working as a perfusionist; leaders within the
profession are needed to be compassionate, responsible educators
and managers within departments of perfusion throughout the
*Please note that admission to the MS in Cardiovascular Perfusion program is not guaranteed. Admission is on a competitive
basis; up to 20 students are accepted per year.
What is Cardiovascular Perfusion?
Cardiovascular perfusion is a health sciences field specializing
in the operation of the heart-lung machine during surgery.
Perfusionists are responsible for overseeing the function of the
heart and/or lungs during operations such as open-heart surgery,
coronary artery bypass surgery, heart and lung transplantation,
congenital defect repair surgery, and valve replacements.
Perfusionists are an integral part of monitoring cardio and
Complete your BS in Biology directly through Carlow University;
the MS in Cardiovascular Perfusion is offered in coordination with
the UPMC School of Perfusion, one of the only ones of its kind in
western Pennsylvania. In this program, you will enjoy a learning
experience that includes:
- 18 months of clinical training at UPMC Shadyside;
- Ability to earn a BS and an MS in under five years;
- Studying in the oldest program of its kind in North
Ready to take the next step and further your education at Carlow
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What You'll Learn
The BS in Cardiovascular Perfusion covers the pre-requisites
needed to apply for entrance to the MS program. These
pre-requisites include General Biology I and II, Anatomy and
Physiology I and II, General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry
I and II, Physics I and II, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Calculus,
and Medical Ethics.
BS-to-MS Perfusion Courses
Bio 250 Genetics
Dig into the maintenance, inheritance, transfer, and expression
of genetic information at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and
population levels. This course covers Mendelian genetics, bacterial
genetics, the structure and function of chromosomes and genes,
recombination and mutation, the control of gene expression, and
population genetics. This course also covers a brief introduction
to genetic engineering and biotechnology.
Bio 739 Pharmacology
This is a one-semester graduate-level online course designed to
provide you with an overview of the pharmacological sciences and an
understanding of the pharmacologic principles regarding common
medical issues. You'll learn about special populations and drug
therapy across the lifespan in addition to covering the mechanisms
of action of drugs classified as autonomic, central nervous system,
cardiovascular, endocrine, contraceptives, and chemotherapeutic
agents. Lastly, you'll study drug side effects and adverse
reactions, with attention given to receptor mechanisms as they
relate to the therapeutic application of drugs.
PRT 750 Introduction to Clinical Perfusion
Gain an overview of both the theory and practice of clinical
perfusion. This serves as an orientation to the surgical
environment of the cardiovascular perfusionist prior to beginning
the clinical portion of the perfusion program.
This is just a
of the variety of classes you'll be
taking. For more details about these classes, and more, please
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students in the undergraduate portion will complete 20% of their coursework at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA.
graduate students complete the entirety of the program as Carlow University students through UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA.
Accreditation and Professional Licensure
The American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) is the
organization that confers the professional perfusion credential of
"Certified Clinical Perfusionist" (CCP). Upon completion of the
Carlow/UPMC Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion program,
students are eligible to sit for the ABCP Perfusion Basic Science
Examination (PBSE), which is the first of two exams that lead to
professional certification. Upon completion of fifty clinical
perfusion cases after graduation, you can become eligible to sit
for part two of the ABCP's CCP examination process, the Clinical
Applications in Perfusion Exam (CAPE). A candidate must pass both
sections of the ABCP boards to practice perfusion.
The ABCP officially recognizes perfusion schools that are
accredited by the Commission on Accreditation
of Allied Health Education Programs
accredits programs based on the recommendation of the Accreditation
Committee-Perfusion Education (AC-PE). The UPMC School of Perfusion
is and has always been in good standing with the CAAHEP.
Carlow University and the Master of Science in Cardiovascular
Perfusion program are also accredited by the Middle State Commission on Higher