Perfusionists

Job Description

Perfusionists assemble, operate and monitor equipment that keeps oxygen-rich blood pumping through the circulatory system. When cardiac surgeons perform open-heart surgery, they rely on a perfusionist to operate machinery that continues to pump oxygenated blood through the patient.

Academic Requirements

The curriculum of a perfusionist’s educational program balances clinical experience with classroom training on cardiopulmonary bypass procedures. Students take advanced courses on human anatomy and physiology. Programs may also include topics in management, pharmacology, ethics and biostatistics. Training involves classroom settings and hospital rotation.

Perfusionists
$60-100
Thousand
Average
Salary
High
Patient
Interaction
19%
Job
Growth
 
Low
Blood
Interaction
Bachelor's degree
Education
Required

Schools

Lincoln University

820 Chestnut
Jefferson City, 65101

Ozarks Technical Community College

1001 E. Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, 65802
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