About Us

LICENSURE OUTSIDE TEXAS – Prospective applicants should consult applicable licensing boards for any state in which they may wish to pursue licensure prior to beginning UTHealth’s Cardiovascular Perfusion Program to ensure the program meets licensing requirements in that state. The prospective applicant is responsible for confirming the program meets eligibility requirements for licensure in any state outside the State of Texas.

In pursuit of this mission, the Cardiovascular Perfusion Training Program:

  • offers educational experiences encompassing the breadth and depth of core knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for eligibility to take the  American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion certification exam;
  • provides training in cognitive and technical skills necessary for not only practicing in the perfusion profession, but also becoming leaders in the field.

Mission & Goals

Cardiovascular Perfusion Program Goals

Graduates of the Program

  • will be able to understand the physiology of a patient’s disease and manage cardiopulmonary bypass;
  • will demonstrate problem-solving ability within a multidisciplinary care team;
  • will demonstrate ability to assess perfusion problems and independently manage adult and pediatric cases; and
  • will be able to read, understand and present on the professional literature in the perfusion field.
  • will be able to respond to emergent situations and troubleshooting
  • will maintain highest level of professionalism


  • Prepare, at minimum, competent entry-level perfusionists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Principles of Education

  • The curriculum provides trainees with a general perfusion education with the breadth and depth of core knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary for perfusion training and life-long practice in the profession.
  • The curriculum is coordinated so that, when appropriate, courses and clinical experiences are seamlessly integrated.
  • The faculty have established an environment that fosters professionalism, humanism, altruism, ethical behavior, empathy, and compassion.
  • The curriculum explicitly defines the core knowledge, skills, and attributes expected of perfusion trainees upon completion of the program.
  • The curriculum is informed by recognized educational research and theory and by measured outcomes.