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Degree Requirements

The M.S. in Cardiovascular Perfusion consists of 54 graduate credits. Twenty-seven credits are taught at LIU Post and 27 credits are taught at North Shore University Hospital. LIU Post courses are taught on a semester basis:

Fall Semester: September through December
Spring Semester: January through May
Summer Semester I: May through June

At the hospital, modules are taught throughout the calendar year:

Module I – September through February, first year
Module II – March through August, first year
Module III – September through February, second year
Module IV – March through August, second year

The plan of study for this degree includes the courses listed below.

All clinical courses are taught Monday through Friday during business hours. University-based courses in biomedical sciences are taught in the evening, after 5:45 p.m. All courses are designated with a BMS number followed by a C to recognize students enrolled in the M.S. in Cardiovascular Perfusion program.

The hospital-based courses extend for 24 months as four consecutive six-month modules. The first module builds on applied science knowledge and experiences. The classroom didactic and laboratory demonstrations present content in a sequence that correlates with the instruction of cardiac surgery and extracorporeal technology in the operating room. Clinical exposure includes observation, hands-on laboratory set-up preparation, and operation of the heart-lung bypass machine.

The second module expands on the previous materials and emphasizes clinical performance under the direct supervision of qualified clinical perfusionists.

The third module provides extensive and advanced techniques of extracoporeal technology. Clinical exposure to pediatric and infant cardiothoracic cases and complex congenital and acquired heart diseases are provided during this phase. An introduction to research is also provided in this module. Total cardiac patient care is addressed by student participation in clinical rotations including: cardiac catheterization laboratories, cardiac surgery, intensive care nursing, cardiac anesthesia and pediatric perfusion.

The fourth module is devoted to completion of a research project and all clinical requirements, including a board examination review, passage of clinical competency examination, serving under qualified supervision in a minimum of 100 perfusion cases, and presenting an independent research project of publishable quality.

Continued enrollment in this program is contingent upon:

  • Maintaining an overall grade-point average of 3.0
  • Grades below a B are unacceptable toward continuation in the major and may result in dismissal from the program.

Cardiovascular Perfusion Courses (9 courses – 27 Credits)

Courses Credits
BMS 550C Clinical Biochemistry
BMS 520C Pathophysiology I 3
BMS 612C Pathophysiology II 3
BMS 540C Biomedical Statistics 3
BMS 561C Hematology 3
BMS 562C Coagulation 3
BMS 651C Pharmacology 3
BMS 703C Research Methods 3
BMS 704C or
BMS 706C or
BMS 708C or
BMS 709C Clinical Research Thesis or
Research Project and Comprehensive Exam or
Experimental Research Thesis or
Clinical Management Project

Clinical Courses (4 courses, 27 credits)

Courses Credits
BMS 800C Surgery 6
BMS 810C Perfusion Technology 6
BMS 820C Clinical Practicum I 5
BMS 822C Clinical Practicum II 5
BMS 824C Clinical Practicum III 5

Should a student be unsuccessful in the Cardiovascular Perfusion program at the hospital and withdraw, he or she can apply the completed graduate credits in medical biology toward the completion of the M.S. in Biomedical Sciences specializing in any one of the following areas: medical & molecular immunology, microbiology/infectious diseases, applied laboratory medicine (a combination of the former hematology and medical chemistry concentrations), and cancer biology. His/her application for admission into the Biomedical Sciences graduate program requires certain pre-requisites to be met:

  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university
  2. Completion of eight credits (one year) college biology
  3. Sixteen credits (two years) college chemistry (inorganic or general chemistry and organic/biochemistry)
  4. Six credits (one year) college math
  5. Four credits (one semester) college physics
  6. Two letters of recommendation from college professors
  7. Payment of the cost of taking medical biology courses not designated with a letter C

Students taking BMS courses with the “C” designation are paying a different amount than graduate students not in the program because the Cardiovascular Perfusion student is paying the hospital for attendance and completing 54 graduate credits rather than 36 graduate credits required for M.S. degrees in Biomedical Sciences.

The M.S. in Biomedical Sciences provides the opportunity to do experimental research with selected faculty. The program is an excellent opportunity to expand the biomedical knowledge base for admission to professional schools i.e. medical, dental, veterinarian and Ph.D. programs.