Perfusion Science, MPS

Master of Perfusion Science Degree

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Fully Online
  • 20
    Credits
  • $531.00
    In-State
  • $531.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The 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 choose the online Perfusion Science, MPS program because: 

  • They gain an opportunity to advance their career by developing independent and critical-thinking skills to stay competitive in today's healthcare environment.
  • The program is offered by the esteemed University of Nebraska Medical Center, which is dedicated to preparing individuals to provide the highest level of patient care achievable.
  • The program is offered online, by utilizing distance learning technologies, students can work in their profession while completing their degree.
  • The degree advancement option allows professionals in good standing to earn a Masters of Perfusion Science (MPS) degree.

The MPS DAO program is available through distance education technology and may be completed on a part-time basis by qualified Perfusionists.

Note: 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.

Career Outlook: A growing healthcare industry and innovations in technology have led to a high demand for well-educated practitioners to lead the next generation of professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for Medical and Health Services Managers is projected to grow 32.5% by 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. Holding a master’s degree sets students up for success to have a competitive edge on their resume when applying for leadership or management positions.

Admissions and Requirements

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. letters of recommendation

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

  5. 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

  6. Resume/CV

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:

  1. Submit a completed application for admission
  2. Submit the application fee
  3. Submit all application materials through mail

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CLPR 765Special Studies in Advanced Clinical Perfusion I3
Special Studies in Advanced Clinical Perfusion I is one in the series of research courses on scientific methodology offered through the Division of Clinical Perfusion Education Degree Advancement Option (DAO). This interactive multidisciplinary 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. Special Studies in Advanced Clinical Perfusion I is the initial phase in the development of a project or trial formulated by the student under the guidance of staff and faculty. Through class participation and presentations, the students will be encouraged to interact with individuals from multiple allied health specialties in the conduct of clinical and laboratory projects. Emphasis is placed on the scientific method in the design, conduct, and measurable progress of an approved project by mutually agreed upon deliverables. Prerequisite: Enrollment in Clinical Perfusion DAO Program, CLPR 520.
CLPR 723Perfusion Seminar IV1
Perfusion Seminar is a forum where current concepts and techniques of applied perfusion technology are to be debated. Class participation will be fostered via informal discussion format with both first and second year perfusion students, degree completion students, clinical faculty members and guests. Case presentations will be presented by faculty members, students and guests from around the country for review and formulation of case plans for patient management. Perfusion Seminar will focus on preparing the student for superior clinical practice through exposure to situations and dialogues that are routinely encountered in clinical environments but rarely discussed in a scholarly manner. Pathophysiological alterations resulting from extracorporeal circulation may be reviewed and methods of reducing these effects may be presented in discussion format. Topics will be explored tailored areas specific to student progress needs. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Clinical Perfusion Program or Clinical Perfusion DAO.
CLPR 775Survey in Advanced Extracorporeal Science I2
Survey in Advanced Extracorporeal Science I is a distance delivered course within the Clinical Perfusion Science curriculum offered to MPS DAO students. The students 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 and a practical or developing managerial perspective. The student will seek to understand assigned complexities by reviewing scientific literature, interviews with content experts, and combine these with contributions from their personal experiences. Survey in Advanced Extracorporeal Science I is an exploratory course seeking solutions under the guidance of staff and faculty. 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. Prerequisite: Enrollment in Clinical Perfusion DAO Program and permission of the instructor.
CAHP 631Management in Health Care3
This course introduces allied health students and practitioners to the concepts of organizational theory and behavior as they apply to health care settings. The topics to be covered include personality types in the workplace, leadership and management, the principles of employee motivation, team performance and development, organizational culture, planning and implementing organizational change, human resource management practices, continuous quality improvement, financial management, and risk management.
CLPR 722Perfusion Seminar III1
Perfusion Seminar is a forum where current concepts and techniques of applied perfusion technology are to be debated. Class participation will be fostered via informal discussion format with both first and second year perfusion students, degree completion students, clinical faculty members and guests. Case presentations will be presented by faculty members, students and guests from around the country for review and formulation of case plans for patient management. Perfusion Seminar will focus on preparing the student for superior clinical practice through exposure to situations and dialogues that are routinely encountered in clinical environments but rarely discussed in a scholarly manner. Pathophysiological alterations resulting from extracorporeal circulation may be reviewed and methods of reducing these effects may be presented in discussion format. Topics will be explored tailored areas specific to student progress needs. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Clinical Perfusion Program or Clinical Perfusion DAO.
CLPR 520Thesis Development1
Thesis Development is part of the series of research courses offered through the Division of Clinical Perfusion Education on research methodology. This interactive multi-disciplinary course teaches the student the importance of performing well-designed research, 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. Emphasis is placed on the scientific method in the design, conduct, and completion of a research project. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Clinical Perfusion Program or Clinical Perfusion DAO, CLPR 502, CLPR 506, CLPR 518.
CAHP 626Health Care Ethics & Critical Thinking3
This upper level 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, culture 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 judgement. Prerequisite: Enrollment in a CAHP program.
CLPR 766Special Studies in Advanced Clinical Perfusion II3
Special Studies in Advanced Clinical Perfusion II is the completion of the series of research courses on scientific methodology offered through the Division of Clinical Perfusion Education Degree Advancement Option (DAO). 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. Special Studies in Advanced Clinical Perfusion II is the final phase in the development of a project formulated by the student under the guidance of staff and faculty. Through class participation and presentations, the students will be encouraged to interact with individuals from multiple allied health specialties in the conduct of clinical and laboratory projects. Emphasis is placed on the scientific method in the design, conduct, and completion of an approved project. Prerequisite: Enrollment in Clinical Perfusion DAO Program, CLPR 520, CLPR 765.
CAHP 630Scanning the Health Care Environment3
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 economic environment.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$531.00
Fees
$41.25
Total
$572.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1593.00
Fees
$123.75
Total
$1716.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$531.00
Fees
$41.25
Total
$572.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1593.00
Fees
$123.75
Total
$1716.75
About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterMay 16
  • Spring SemesterDec 02
  • Summer SessionsApr 15