Lipscomb University


The Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion is a 24-month master level program with 30 hours of didactic learning and 30 hours of clinical training. This program will educate and train students to become perfusionists, vital members of cardiac surgical teams responsible for the selection, setup, and operation of a mechanical device commonly referred to as the heart-lung machine. The perfusionist is responsible for operating the machine during surgery, monitoring the altered circulatory process closely, taking appropriate corrective action when abnormal situations arise and keeping both the surgeon and the anesthesiologist fully informed.

Lipscomb Health is leading the future of health care education with innovative training of compassionate health care professionals who are prepared to live out their purpose and calling, serving patients and providing care that brings physical healing as well as mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Cardiovascular Perfusion Sciences is an in-demand health care program with only 17 other programs across the nation. The job market is excellent and growing with heart disease being the number one major health risks in America.

The perfusion sciences students will learn alongside PA and Pharmacy students, allowing for the expansion of collaborative and interprofessional education in all three areas. Lipscomb’s simulation center and cadaver laboratory will provide excellent learning environments for the students to practice before they practice.



Lipscomb University


David Webb, MS, CP


One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204-3951




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The Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion requires candidates to submit an application by the published deadline and participate in an interview process. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, or the international equivalent verified by WES, or anticipate earning a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation into the perfusion sciences program.

All prerequisite science courses must be taken within seven years of matriculation. A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is required. Additionally, all applicants will be expected to have earned a C or above in the required prerequisite courses.