Curriculum

CalculatorThe program begins with two semesters of didactic and laboratory courses to prepare students for the following year of clinical experience courses. Clinical instructors provide one-on-one training where students participate in pediatric and adult open heart operations and other procedures requiring the perfusionist's expertise.

The didactic and clinical faculty include perfusionists, cardiothoracic surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other experienced lecturers. Computers, research, management, and on-call aspects of perfusion technology are integral parts of the UI Hospitals and Clinics Perfusion Technology Program.

The Perfusion Technology Program began here in 1992 and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs. Students are awarded a certificate upon completion of the Perfusion Technology curriculum, making them eligible to take the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion Certification Exam.

Semester Hours Number Title
Fall (first year) 4 PATH:8133 Introduction to Human Pathology
  5 PERF:4162 Pathophysiology of Perfusion Technology
  3 PERF:4161 Instrumentation in Perfusion Technology
  2 PERF:4163 Clinical Experience I
  1 PERF:4167 Perfusion Seminar
Spring (first year) 3 PCOL:4130 Drug Mechanisms and Actions
  6 PERF:4170 Principle and Practice of Perfusion Technology
  3 PERF:4171 Devices in Perfusion Technology
  3 PERF:4164 Clinical Experience II
  1 PERF:4167 Perfusion Seminar
  1 PERF:4168 Research in Perfusion
Summer (first year) 12 PERF:4165 Clinical Experience III
  1 PERF:4167 Perfusion Seminar
  1 PERF:4168 Research in Perfusion
Fall (second year) 12 PERF:4166 Clinical Experience IV
  1 PERF:4167 Perfusion Seminar
  1 PERF:4168 Research in Perfusion
Spring (second year) 12 PERF:4169 Clinical Experience V
  1 PERF:4167 Perfusion Seminar
  1 PERF:4168 Research in Perfusion