Dec 15, 2018  
2017-2018 University Catalog 
    
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cardiovascular Perfusion, MS


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Cardiovascular Perfusion: Program Overview


The Master of Science degree is intended for those whose baccalaureate degree is in a field other than cardiovascular perfusion. The Cardiovascular Perfusion Program curriculum provides the knowledge, clinical experiences, and opportunity for our students to achieve competence in the practice of cardiovascular perfusion.

This medical specialty has become increasingly important in the health care field. The perfusionist serves primarily as part of the cardiovascular surgical team, operating the heart-lung machine during open-heart surgery. The perfusionist is also responsible for other life-support equipment, such as intra-aortic balloon pumps and ventricular assist devices. In addition to cardiovascular surgery, additional professional practice may include veno-venous bypass for liver transplantation, isolated limb or organ chemotherapy perfusion, cardiopulmonary bypass supported cardiac catheterization procedures, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and blood salvaging for orthopedic or general surgery procedures.

Students in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program will benefit from the teaching and research expertise of established scholars and practitioners. The program is committed to providing increased opportunities for experiential learning at nationally ranked cardiac centers across the country.

Cardiovascular Perfusion: Admission Requirements


 

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Receipt of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended
  • If a college or university outside the United States conferred the baccalaureate degree, the Education Credentials Evaluators (ECE) must evaluate international transcripts. A detailed course-by-course report is required. Contact ECE at (414) 289-3400 or www.ece.org.
  • Cumulative and science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Receipt of three letters of recommendation
  • Applicants who did not complete high school in the United States must submit TOEFL scores.
  • The following courses must be completed prior to enrolling with a grade of “C” or better. Required courses must be taken for a letter grade rather than a pass/fail option. 

 

Natural and Biological Sciences

16 semester hours or 24 quarter hours. Science courses must include:

  • One semester of inorganic chemistry
  • One semester of physics
  • One semester of a human anatomy course, AND
  • One semester of a human physiology course, OR
  • Two semesters of a combined anatomy and physiology course with a laboratory component

 

Some community college introductory science classes may not be comprehensive enough to satisfy the prerequisite requirements. For any questions about courses please contact the Office of College Admission Services at (312) 942-7100 to speak with an admissions counselor.

 

Mathematics and Statistics

Two college level mathematics courses, which must include an introductory course in statistics.

 

English Composition

Two courses or documented proficiency at composition II level. Although not required, applicants are encouraged to take additional courses focusing on written communication because writing skills are essential for the successful completion of the Perfusion Technology program.

 

Social Sciences

14 semester hours or 20 quarter hours of course work must include:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Other social science courses; may include psychology, sociology, economics, history and anthropology

 

Humanities

Eight semester hours or 12 quarter hours

  • Humanities courses include: religion, philosophy, foreign languages, literature, or the history of art, music, theater, film or dance. Studio art classes, instrumental music classes, and speech classes are not acceptable.
  • Medical Terminology

 

Applicants must complete all the required prerequisite coursework prior to enrolling at Rush with a grade of “C” or better. 

 

Additional Recommendation:

In addition, it is highly recommended that prospective students talk to a clinical perfusionist, and if possible observe a procedure requiring the use of cardiopulmonary bypass.

Cardiovascular Perfusion Technical Standards


Rush University is committed to diversity and to attracting and educating students who will make the population of health care professionals representative of the national population.

Our core values - ICARE - Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect and Excellence translate into our work with all students, including those with disabilities. Rush actively collaborates with students to develop innovative ways to ensure accessibility and creates a respectful accountable culture through our confidential and specialized disability support. Rush is committed to excellence in accessibility; we encourage students with disabilities to disclose and seek accommodations.

The following technical functions are required of all students enrolled in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program:

Acquire Information

  • Acquire information from demonstrations and experiences in courses such as lecture, group, and physical demonstrations.
  • Acquire information from written documents and computer systems (e.g., literature searches & data retrieval).
  • Identify information presented in accessible images from paper, slides, videos with audio description, and transparencies.
  • Identify information presented in images from paper, slides, videos, and transparencies.
  • Recognize and assess patient changes in mood, activity, cognition, verbal, and non-verbal communication.

Use and Interpret

  • Use and interpret information from assessment techniques/maneuvers. Use and interpret information related to physiologic phenomena generated from diagnostic tools.

Motor

  • Possess psychomotor skills necessary to provide or assist in holistic Cardiovascular Perfusion care and perform or assist with procedures and treatments.
  • Practice in a safe manner and appropriately provide Cardiovascular Perfusion care and assessment in emergencies and life support procedures and perform universal precautions against contamination.

Communication

  • Communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and families.
  • Communicate effectively with faculty, preceptors, and all members of the healthcare team during practicum and other learning experiences.
  • Accurately elicit information including a medical history and other information to adequately and effectively evaluate a population’s, client’s or patient’s condition.

Intellectual Ability

  • Measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize data related to diagnosis and treatment of patients and populations.
  • Exercise proper judgment and complete responsibilities in a timely and accurate manner according to the Cardiovascular Perfusion role.
  • Synthesize information, problem solve, and think critically to judge the most appropriate theory, assessment, or treatment strategy.

Behavioral

  • Maintain mature, sensitive, effective relationships with clients/patients, families, students, faculty, staff, preceptors and other professionals under all circumstances.
  • Exercise skills of diplomacy to advocate for patients in need.
  • Possess emotional stability to function under stress and adapt to rapidly changing environments inherent to the classroom and practice settings.

Character

  • Demonstrate concern for others.
  • Integrity, accountability, interest, and motivation are necessary personal qualities.
  • Demonstrate intent and desire to follow the Rush University and Cardiovascular Perfusion Code of Ethics.

The technical standards delineated above must be met with or without accommodation. Students who, after review of the technical standards, determine that they require reasonable accommodation to fully engage in the program, should contact the Office of Student Disability Services to confidentially discuss their accommodations needs. Given the clinical nature of our programs time may be needed to implement the accommodations. Accommodations are never retroactive; therefore, timely requests are essential and encouraged. To learn more about accommodations at Rush University please contact:

Marie Ferro-Lusk, MBA, MSW, LSW
Manager, Office of Student Disability Services
Rush University
600 S. Paulina St. AAC 440
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 942-5237
Marie_S_Ferro-Lusk@rush.edu

 

Cardiovascular Perfusion: Educational Activities


The faculty of the department is responsible for providing both the didactic coursework and the clinical experiences necessary for the completion of the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science degrees in perfusion technology. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Committee-Perfusion Education (AC-PE) of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Cardiovascular Perfusion: Service Activities


Faculty members are licensed perfusion technologists actively involved in the daily activities of the Department of Extracorporeal Services.

Cardiovascular Perfusion: Curricula


Central themes of evidence-based practice, leadership, cultural competence, technology integration and scholarship are addressed throughout the program and recognized by the professional commitments of our graduates and faculty.    

The Cardiovascular Perfusion Program curriculum provides the knowledge, clinical experiences, and opportunity for our students to gain competence in the practice of cardiovascular perfusion.

Students in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program will benefit from the teaching and research expertise of established scholars and practitioners. The program is committed to providing increased opportunities for experiential learning at nationally ranked cardiac centers across the country.

Graduates of the program will be qualified to sit for the certification examination of the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion.

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