Pre-Clinical Perfusion Science

Pre-Clinical Perfusion Science

Clinical perfusionists are skilled allied health professionals, qualified by academic and clinical education, who deal with all phases of regulating and controlling blood flow outside the body. The perfusionist operates life-sustaining equipment during any medical situation where it is necessary to support or temporarily replace the patient's circulatory or respiratory function.

The perfusionist has diverse responsibilities that include the mechanical support of a patient's circulation and pulmonary function during medical procedures such as open-heart surgery, transplantation, and emergency medicine. The perfusionist is an integral member of the cardiovascular surgery team involved in infant and adult cardiac surgery.

Academic Expectations

Specific admission requirements vary per clinical perfusion school. You should consult with schools of interest to determine their specific admission requirements. The course requirements for the University of Nebraska Medical Center's (UNMC) Clinical Perfusion Education Program, with specific UNL courses that fulfill each requirement, are available by downloading the program checklist above.

Suggested academic preparation:

  • Bachelor's degree- Admission to a Master of Perfusion Scienc program requires that applicants earn a bachelor's degree and take specific undergraduate science courses.
  • Competitive academic record- Admission to a clinical perfusion program is partially based on GPA. Academic performance in math and science courses will be important admission criteria.
  • Major in anything- All UNL majors are great options.

We recommend you meet with an Explore Center advisor once a semester to ensure you are progressing with the correct academic coursework.


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Professional Degrees

Masters in Perfusion Science (MPS)

The University of Nebraska Medical Center offers the only program in Nebraska in clinical perfusion. Upon completion of the 21-month program, a student will have earned a Master in Perfusion Science degree. Graduates are eligible for examination and certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion.


Pre-Health students

Entrance Exam

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is required by some perfusion science programs, including UNMC. Specific Subject GRE tests are not required. Please visit the GRE website for more information.

Application Information

No Centralized Application Service

The application process for clinical perfusion programs varies by school. Please consult programs directly regarding applications and requirements. A directory of clinical perfusion programs can be found at the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (Perfusion).

For UNMC's clinical perfusion program, apply online at the University of Nebraska Medical Center website.


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