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Graduate Diploma, Cardiovascular Perfusion
Next intake is Sept 2016
February 1, 2016
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The Cardiovascular Perfusion program at Michener is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). Graduates are eligible to write the certification examinations of the Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion and the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion and are employed in cardiac surgery centres across Canada and the United States.
Learn more about the Michener Cardiovascular Perfusion Program, and how to become a cardiovascular perfusionist, by navigating the information below.
Cardiovascular perfusion is a profession primarily focused on supporting the normal functions of the heart and lungs during open-heart surgery. This allows the heart to be stopped to facilitate cardiac surgery.
Cardiovascular Perfusionists are important members of the open-heart surgical team whose primary role is to conduct cardiopulmonary bypass using a heart-lung machine and other ancillary equipment. They closely monitor the patient’s blood flow and other vital signs during open heart surgery and are also responsible for administering intravenous fluids, blood products and anesthetic drugs. Perfusionists are also experts of other life support equipment such as ventricular assist devices and intraaortic balloon pumps.
Job Satisfaction – Being able to work independently contributes to high levels of job satisfaction among Cardiovascular Perfusionists.
Unique Career Opportunities – Cardiovascular Perfusionists are integral members of open-heart surgical teams. Previous critical care experiences and skills are used in a new and exciting way – taking it to the next level.
Cardiovascular Perfusion program is a 19 month full-time program.
Applicants to the Cardiovascular Perfusion program must possess specific qualifications in order to be eligible for admissions. Please visit our Admissions Requirements by Program page for details.See Admissions Requirements
The fee policy for Canadian students can found on the Canadian Tuition Fees web page.
The fee policy for International Students can found on the International Student Tuition Fees web page.
Tuition fees are based on the entire duration of the program of study. For your convenience, these fees have been broken down into three equal payments that can be made annually. Also, each annual fee can be split into two payments which will be due in the summer and late fall of each academic year.
Students will learn:
- Detailed anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular and related systems
- The operation of high-tech mechanical pumps and cardiopulmonary support devices
- Comprehensive perfusion theory
Please check this website for any updates regarding the program before the application deadline.
Visit the CVP Curriculum Page for detailed course information.
|Semester 1 – Fall
||Semester 2 – Winter
|Semester 3 – Summer
||Semester 4 – Fall
|Semester 5 – Winter
|Before the turning point when cardio-pulmonary bypass became available, hypothermia was used as the sole method for open heart surgery which was extremely short-lived one, from 1952 to 1954. Moreover, the method was never very popular, initially too cumbersome and limited to simple straightforward operations. Cardio-pulmonary bypass can be looked at as the climax of a revolutionary development. (Interactive Cardio Vascular and Thoracic Surgery 2004; 3:535-541, The mid-century revolution in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery: Part 6, Author: A.P. Naef.)|
Length: 29 weeks
You will be assigned to clinical placement site(s) through Michener’s Office for Clinical Education. This process begins with an information session in the first semester of your program.
As clinical education is a major component of all Michener programs, our affiliated clinical sites are integral to your education. They include regional cardiac surgical hospitals across Canada. Working closely under the supervision of Certified Perfusionists you will have the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills into practice during the clinical phase of your program. Clinical placements give you hands-on experience in work environments and the opportunity to network with potential employers.
You will be placed in more than one clinical site during your clinical placement period, based on the required clinical competencies for your program and the range of services at the clinical sites.
Clinical partner sites are subject to change, therefore, specific geographic regions may not be available at the time of your placement; other regions may be added. Please note that when you accept a seat in the program, you also accept to go to any of the program’s affiliated clinical sites at the time of your placement. In addition, you agree to comply with the following mandatory requirements which must be completed prior to the start of your clinical placement:
- First Aid and CPR Certification for Health Care Providers
- N95 Mask Fit Testing
- Updated Vulnerable Persons Check (also required upon admission)
- Updated TB Test (also required upon admission)
Michener highly recommends all students be vaccinated with influenza vaccine. This vaccine may be mandatory at some clinical sites. Students must follow clinical site protocol.
The Cardiovascular Perfusion program is a CMA (Canadian Medical Association) accredited program. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that programs enable their students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to function as competent health practitioners for the benefit of all Canadians. Accreditation, an external validation of program quality, is the public recognition that an educational program has met national standards (CMA 2006) Graduating from an accredited program means that:
- your education has met national standards
- your program has patient care and student welfare at the forefront
- your education is relevant to current medical practice
- your have access to professional certification
- eligibilty to write the National Certification Exam set by The Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion
- you have attained the competencies required for entry to practice
- your education is recognized by employers and the public
- you have greater mobility as a health science practitioner
Continuing Education in CVP – Masters in Perfusion Science
Students graduating from the program are also eligible for a Masters in Perfusion Science from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Michener has arranged an accelerated admissions process for these interested graduates.