Admissions

GaugeAdmission to the UI Carver College of Medicine Perfusion Technology Program is competitive. Admission is determined by committee and is based on grade point average, references, application essay, and interviews. We typically accept 3-5 students per year with GPAs ranging from 2.9-4.0. 

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 9 semester hours of chemistry including biochemistry or organic
  • 3 semester hours of statistics
  • 5 semester hours of pre-calculus or calculus mathematics
  • 4 semester hours of physics
  • 7 semester hours of human anatomy and physiology

Applying to the program

For expedited processing and review, we strongly suggest that all of  the following be submitted in one application packet by mail 

  • Application form 
  • One page essay describing why you chose perfusion technology as a career, what you learned from your perfusion shadowing and why the perfusion program at Iowa is right for you 
  • Prerequisite courses form 
  • Passport-sized photo
  • Official college transcripts - include original official transcripts in sealed envelopes from all post high school educational experience.   Include proof of current or future Bachelor's degree.
  • 3 completed applicant references - suggested to have one academic, one personal and one employer reference.  Collect these from each reference and place sealed envelopes in the application packet.
  • Application fee ($50 due with application, make check payable to the University of Iowa Perfusion Technology Program)
  • Documentation of clinical observation 

    To gain insight into the perfusion profession, we strongly recommend you document having seen at least one cardiopulmonary bypass case. If this is not possible, interview a clinical perfusionist and ask about the following: 
  1. Call responsibilities/quality of life
  2. Clinical responsibilities
  3. Unique stresses faced by perfusionists
  4. Job outlook

Be prepared to discuss your shadow experience during the interview process.

The aforementioned items (ideally collected into one packet) may be mailed to: 

Perfusion Technology Program

University of Iowa, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

200 Hawkins Drive, SE545 GH

Iowa City, IA  52242-1062 

Deadline

  • Regular admission is due by December 1
  • First consideration is given to on-time applicants. Applications submitted after December 1 are processed on a space-available basis. Late applications will be accepted through June 1.

Interview Dates

  • Regular admission interviews are held during the month of February.
  • Late admission interviews are held during June.

Acceptance Offers

  • Regular admission offers occur during March/April.
  • Late admission offers occur during July.