M.S. in Cardiovascular Perfusion
The Master of Science program in Cardiovascular Perfusion combines the resources of two centers of exceptional health care education: the Department of Biomedical Sciences at LIU Post in Brookville, N.Y. and the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at North Shore University Hospital (North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health Care System) Great Neck, N.Y. As a student in the program, you will complete 27 credits at LIU Post and 27 credits taught at North Shore University Hospital. Upon completion of the program, you will be qualified as a cardiovascular perfusionist who serves as a member of the health care team during major surgeries.
A perfusionist is a highly skilled technologist who operates equipment that supports or replaces the patient's circulation and lung functions during surgery. Working closely with physicians to select appropriate equipment and techniques, the perfusionist monitors vital cardio-pulmonary parameters to ensure the safe management of physiologic functioning during open heart surgery. Furthermore, the perfusionist is educated in the administration of prescribed blood products, anesthetic agents and cardiovascular drugs via the extracorporeal circuit. The perfusionist is knowledgeable and competent in the use of a variety of techniques, including hypothermia, hemodilution, and procedures involving specialized instrumentation and advanced life support.
The perfusionist may also be responsible for administrative duties, purchasing, supply and equipment control, inventory, quality assurance and personnel management. Based on institutional factors and available facilities, the perfusionist may also be engaged in research of new products, development of surgical techniques and data analysis. At all times, the perfusionist must maintain the highest ethical and professional health care standards.
The M.S. in Cardiovascular Perfusion is a 24-month program integrating didactic and clinical courses with practica which provide the necessary entry level skills in cardiovascular perfusion. Students successfully completing the program will receive a certificate of completion from the North Shore University Hospital School of Cardiovascular Perfusion, and are eligible to sit for the national board certifying examination in Clinical Perfusion. Recipients of the certificate of completion having completed all academic course work are then awarded an M.S. in Cardiovascular Perfusion from LIU Post.
NOTE: Applicants to the M.S. in Cardiovascular Perfusion at LIU Post must first be admitted to the Cardiovascular Perfusion Program at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. For more information or to apply, contact:
Richard Chan, Program Director
NSUH-LIU-CWP School of Cardiovascular Perfusion
225 Community Drive South Entrance
Great Neck, N.Y. 11021