Utah Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion


The Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion (CVP) is a proposed graduate degree program currently going through the Utah State Higher Education’s required approval process.  It will be housed in the Division of Cardiothoracic (CT) Surgery in the School of Medicine. The CVP is designed to educate students and prepare them with the knowledge, skills, and expertise necessary to graduate as licensed cardiovascular perfusionists. These individuals are vital members of the cardiovascular surgical team as they are responsible for running the heart-lung (cardiopulmonary bypass) machine and are heavily relied on by surgeons. During surgery, they utilize the appropriate equipment to maintain blood flow to the body’s tissues and regulate levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood. Perfusionists are also responsible for measuring selected laboratory values and monitoring circulation. They also administer medicines through the cardiopulmonary bypass circuit, among other responsibilities in the surgical setting. Our program graduates will meet the requirements necessary to succeed in a field where surgical techniques, cardiopulmonary bypass techniques, and new technologies are constantly changing the way we practice medicine.

Utah Perfusion Program


University of Utah


Kirk Bingham


30 North 1900 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132




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Completion of a bachelor’s level or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university

  • Minimum cumulative GPA and science GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.00
  • Three letters of recommendation (Letters can be from any person who can attest to the applicant’s capacity and potential for graduate studies)
  • Completion of the required prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited college or university. All prerequisites must be completed with a C or better. Grades of C- are not acceptable for any prerequisite courses
  • Prerequisite Courses Required:
    • Anatomy 3 credits (U of U BIOL 2325)
    • Physiology 3 credits (U of U BIOL 2420)
    • Biochemistry 3 credits (U of U BIOL 3510)
    • Physics 3 credits (U of U PHYS 2010)
    • Biology with lab 8 credit hours (U of U BIOL 1210/BIOL 2020)
    • General Chemistry (inorganic with lab) 4 credit hours (U of U CHEM 1210)
    • College Algebra or higher 6 credit hours (U of U MATH 1050/MATH 1060)
    • English 6 credit hours (U of U WRTG 2010 and one additional course)
    • Social and Behavior Sciences (sociology, psychology, anthropology, etc.) 6 credit hours  

There are NO expiration dates on any of the prerequisite courses, but it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that anatomy and physiology be taken within the last 7 years. This is to help the accepted student be ready for the rigorous anatomy and physiology requirements while in the CVP program. If accepted, the CVP program MAY require that the student take a refresher anatomy and physiology course before entering their first year of didactic learning.

  • Completion of the program’s interview process
  • Passage of the University of Utah criminal background check and drug screenings
  • GRE exam not required