Cardiovascular Perfusion

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Program at a glance:

Credential(s) Earned

Advanced Diploma, Cardiovascular Perfusion

Program Length

19 months

Delivery Method

Full time (first 8 weeks online)

Start Date

Next intake is September 2021


Canadian Student Tuition

Application Deadline

February 1, 2021

Program Code


Career Opportunities

  • Education
  • Commercial sales
  • Research management

The Cardiovascular Perfusion program at Michener is accredited by Accreditation Canada. 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.

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What is Cardiovascular Perfusion?

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.

What does a Cardiovascular Perfusionist do?

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.

Why become a Cardiovascular Perfusionist?

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.

How long does it take?

Cardiovascular Perfusion program is a 19 month full-time program.

  • All Perfusion students are expected onsite at Michener for a perfusion specific orientation prior to Labour Day. Orientation will be scheduled for 4 days; Monday to Thursday.
  • Please note that semester 1 courses are offered online for the first 8 weeks of the semester and then students are onsite at Michener for the remainder of the semester.

Admission Requirements

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.

For the Cardiovascular Perfusion program, offers of admission will be allocated with equal consideration amongst candidates applying through option A and option B.

See Admissions Requirements


The fee policy for Canadian students can found on the Canadian Tuition Fees web page.

Please note this program is currently not open to international applicants.

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.


What will I learn?

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
  • Pharmacology
  • Hemotherapy


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
Weeks 1-8 are on-line

  • HTCV111 Hemotherapy
  • PCCV111 Patient Care and Professionalism
  • PSCV111 Physiological Science I
  • PTCV110 Perfusion Theory I

Semester 2 – Winter

  • PDCV120 Professional Practice
  • PMCV121 Applied Pharmacology
  • PPCV120 Pathophysiology
  • PTCV120 Perfusion Theory II
  • RMCV120 Research Methods

Semester 3 – Summer

  • CCCV130 Critical Care
  • CSCV130 CVP Simulations
  • PTCV231 Advanced Perfusion Theory
  • PPCV121 Pathophysiology II

Semester 4 – Fall

  • CLCV242 Clinical Education

Semester 5 – Winter

  • CLCV242 Clinical Education

Clinical Education

Length: 29 weeks
Start: August
End: March

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 in compliance with all five accreditation requirements (2014 Requirements for accreditation – Conjoint Accreditation Services).

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