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    Posted: May 24 2008 at 4:03pm
Hi all, i am an allied health professional but am thinking of  going to perfusion school.
I had some questions to ask
Are there plenty of jobs around?
I know it is a stressful job but are we paid good enough?
If i got my certificate in perfusion rather then masters, is it going to to be an obstacle for promotions?
Any answers to above questions will be highly appreciated.Big%20smile
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  Quote murungu Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: May 31 2008 at 10:46pm
There is work but you may not have a choice on zip code for your first few jobs.
Starting pay is $60k plus depending on location, job requirements etc.
If money is your motivator there are more lucrative fields in medicine.
A masters is not going to help you.

Only negative. Your perfusion qualification is no use beyond perfusion and possibly medical sales. The CCP certification requires 40 cases a year to remain valid so you can't take a break for a couple of years and then come back without retaking some tests.
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  Quote Alex.peterson Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: Nov 05 2008 at 6:11am
know it is a stressful job but are we paid good enough?
If i got my certificate in perfusion rather then masters, is it going to to be an obstacle for promotions

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  Quote murungu Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: Nov 06 2008 at 3:29pm
A masters is not necessary.

 I just checked a "masters Program" prerequisite list.
An unspecified Bachelors degree( Accounting, Engineering,Under-water Basket-weaving etc) and the same specific prerequisites as I needed for a BS in perfusion!
Save yourself a lot of money and time and frustration and go the BS path.I think the few certificate courses require a BS anyway.

I my youth, the route to a Masters was to get a degree in your chosen field. Work for a few years in your chosen field and then do a Masters in your chosen field because you would actually achieve something.

In the end your qualification is a prerequisite to write the CCP tests.
It would be interesting to compare the first-time CCP pass rates between BS and MS candidates.


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  Quote murungu Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: Nov 07 2008 at 10:30pm
One caveat. If you already have a bachelors degree you may have to go the masters route if you need student loans.
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