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Perfusion Science, MPS

Master of Perfusion Science

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    17
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $500.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $500.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center

Get the same diploma as on campus students

This online Master of Perfusion Science (MPS) Degree Advancement Option (DAO) allows working Perfusionists, who have completed a CAAHEP-accredited perfusion program, the opportunity to advance their education and professional goals. 

 Qualified candidates work with the program director to develop a plan of study that includes coursework and a thesis project designed to match the student's clinical and educational background with their professional goals.

Students are allowed up to three years to complete the degree advancement option; however it is possible to complete the program in four semesters, depending on the student's course load.

The MPS DOA is considered a degree completion program and does not include a clinical education component; therefore it is not under the purview of CAAHEP.

About Faculty

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To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Complete a Bachelor's degree from a United States or Canadian accredited college or university

  2. Completed coursework

    Biological Sciences: 12 semester credit hours are required which may include laboratory sessions. These courses should emphasize body structure, development, tissue organization and function. Courses may include but are not limited to general biology, cell biology, microbiology, physiology, anatomy, zoology, histology, embryology, genetics and immunology. Physical Sciences: Six semester credit hours of chemistry are required. These courses should emphasize physical principles and may include but are not limited to general chemistry, qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis and organic chemistry. Additionally, three semester credit hours of physics including laboratory session are required. These courses may include general physics, quantum physics or physics for life sciences. Mathematics: Three semester credit hours are required.

  3. Be a graduate of an accredited Perfusion education program from within the United States

  4. Present a prerequisite GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a Perfusion program GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Submit a completed application for admission
  • Submit all application materials
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
May 16
Spring Semester
September 15
Summer Sessions
February 1

All applications and transcripts are reviewed by the Clinical Perfusion Education Program Director on a case-by-case basis. Grades lower than "C" will not transfer for credit. Additional coursework may transfer for credit; course description and syllabus may be requested for evaluation of equivalency with UNMC.

Academic Progress

Students enrolled in the Masters Degree Clinical Perfusion are expected to make satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of their Plan of Study and degree requirements. All courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or better and a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be maintained throughout enrollment in the program. Courses may be repeated only once, and a cumulative GPA below 2.0 at the completion of any semester will result in dismissal from the program.

Continuing Education


For the purpose of reporting continuing education activity to the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP), CEU's will apply ONLY toward credit hours NOT converted to academic credit hours. This occurs ONLY by withdrawal from the program or failure to complete the program in the allotted 36 month period. ABCP credit may be applied as Category III CEUs as described in their Booklet of Information (http://www.abcp.org/boi.htm).

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CAHP 530Scanning the Health Care Environment1

Course Number: CAHP 530

This upper level course in the College of Allied Health Professions is designed to provide allied health professions students with an overview of health care delivery in the United States. The course will explore many factors that influence the delivery of health care, including the determinants of health, the financing of health care, and various health care settings. The course will examine the evolution of health care in the United States and will project issues that will affect health care in the future. Allied health professionals are affected by such changes in both their personal and professional lives. It will be the challenge of health care professionals of the future to consider the value of Medicare and Medicaid, the handling of insurance issues, the creation of policy governing health care delivery and the reduction of health care disparities. This course is designed to assist students in gaining an understanding of why change is occurring, recognizing trends in their particular professional environment and identifying strategies to affect the changes to assure the patient's access to quality care in an economical environment.

CAHP 531Management in Health Care2

Course Number: CAHP 531

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the concept of organizational theory and behavior, and several management applications. The topics to be covered include the principles of motivation, team building, leadership, management, organizational culture and individual responses to organizational changes. Since change is a constant in today's organizations, the student will learn basic methods for planning and implementing organizational change. Additionally, the student will learn the basic concepts of continuous quality improvement, the application of quality tools, financial management, as well as the process for hiring, coaching, evaluating and dismissing employees. The student is expected to complete a simple quality improvement project and to prepare her/his own resume for an entrance level professional position (discipline specific).

CAHP 626Health Care Ethics & Critical Thinking3

Course Number: CAHP 626

This course introduces ethical issues that Allied Health professionals can expect to encounter during their education and career. It covers such areas of concern as confidentiality, informed consent, responsible practice, professionalism, cultural differences, handling mistakes, difficult cases, and key legal aspects of these issues. To assist students in resolving issues, the course identifies and applies key principles of critical thinking. The course trains students in the use of these principles in ethics and professionalism. The course is designed to improve the ability of students to reason soundly in professional ethics, to be familiar with the health professional ethics literature, and to communicate clearly about ethical values, integrity, and judgment. At the same time, this course is intended to provide a broad context to the daily issues of professional life, and to present the historical richness of the debates over ethical issues. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MPAS DAO.

CLPR 520Thesis Development1

Course Number: CLPR 520

Thesis Development is a research course on scientific methodology. This interactive multi-disciplinary course teaches the student the importance of performing prospective research in an effort to improve our understanding of extracorporeal circulation and better patient care. Through class participation, the students will have the opportunity to interact with individuals from multiple allied health specializations in conducting clinical and laboratory research projects under the guidance of staff and faculty. Emphasis is placed on the scientific method in the design, conduct and completion of a research project.

CLPR 722Perfusion Seminar III1

Course Number: CLPR 722

Perfusion seminars are a detailed study of the techniques of perfusion, perfusion equipment and clinical applications. Specific emphasis on clinical pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary bypass will be reviewed in case discussion format. Guest lecturers will present on various topics including infection control, blood borne pathogens, medical ethics and risk management. First and second year students will interact together with online students from the degree advancement option.

CLPR 723Perfusion Seminar IV1

Course Number: CLPR 723

Perfusion seminars are a detailed study of the techniques of perfusion, perfusion equipment and clinical applications. Specific emphasis on clinical pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary bypass will be reviewed in case discussion format. Guest lecturers will present on various topics including infection control, blood borne pathogens, medical ethics and risk management. First and second year students will interact together with online students from the degree advancement option.

CLPR 765Special Studies in Advanced Clinical Perfusion I3

Course Number: CLPR 765

This course is the initiation of the thesis project required by the program on scientific methodology. This interactive multi-disciplinary course reinforces with the student the importance of design, management and production of an approved clinical project or scientific research with the goal of improvement of our understanding of extracorporeal circulation and better patient care. Emphasis is placed on the scientific method in the design, conduct and measurable progress of an approved project by mutually agreed upon deliverables. Prerequisite: CLPR 520

CLPR 766Special Studies in Advanced Clinical Perfusion II3

Course Number: CLPR 766

This course is the completion of the thesis project required by the program on scientific methodology. This interactive multi-disciplinary course reinforces with the student the importance of design, management and production of an approved clinical project or scientific research with the goal of improvement of our understanding of extracorporeal circulation and better patient care. Emphasis is placed on the scientific method in the design, conduct and completion of an approved project. Prerequisite: CLPR 520, 765

CLPR 775Survey in Advanced Extracorporeal Science I2

Course Number: CLPR 775

Students in this course participate in a comprehensive review of the complex issues of extracorporeal circulation, exploring its controversies which seemingly drive clinicians away from wide-spread use of the technology. The course is intended for those students who have experience in ECC science. The student will seek to understand these complexities by review of scientific literature, interviews with content experts and contributions from their personal experiences. By class participation, presentations and interviews, the students will be encouraged to interact with individuals from multiple allied health specialties. Emphasis is placed on using scientific inquiry in exploring the real meaning and presence of the problems, as well as seeking potential solutions, if at all realistically possible.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $41.25
  • Total: $541.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $123.75
  • Total: $1623.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $41.25
  • Total: $541.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $123.75
  • Total: $1623.75
Note: In addition to the per credit hour fees outlined above, the College of Allied Health Professions charges a $100 Technology Fee and $50 Registration Fee each semester a student is enrolled.

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