Master OF SCIENCE Cardiovascular Perfusion


Lawrence Technological University (LTU) is pleased to announce that it has successfully launched a 21-month, Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion (MSCVP) degree program in the Fall of 2022. This is the only accredited perfusion program in the State of Michigan.

Perfusionists are trained to operate extracorporeal circulation equipment such as heart-lung machines during open-heart surgery or other medical procedures in which the patient’s circulatory or respiratory function is temporarily supported through artificial devices.

The critical shortage of perfusionists, high earning potential and relatively quick entry into the field make perfusion an extremely desirable and in demand career opportunity in healthcare.

The MSCVP program at LTU is built on partnership with Comprehensive Care Services Inc. (CCS), a recognized leader for providing exceptional perfusion and autotransfusion services to medical centers across North America. Students will receive rigorous perfusion education and training with access to leading edge laboratories, simulation suites, and abundant clinical rotation opportunities across the country.

Simulation Lab

CCS operates advanced simulation laboratories where the LTU students will train. Students will utilize the CCS simulation lab to practice various techniques and demonstrate competencies.

Comprehensive Care Services (CCS)

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CCS is one of the largest perfusion service companies in the United States, and provides services in more than 200 hospitals in 20 states. CCS will also provide students with clinical rotations and its staffers will act as adjunct LTU professors for the program.

Learn more about CCS

Applications received are reviewed and decisions made at regular intervals during the admissions cycle. Maturation into the MSCVP program occurs in the fall semester. Applications received are first reviewed by the Admissions Office for completeness and referred to the MSCVP Program Director to determine eligibility for applicant interviews. Final acceptance into the MSCVP Program is determined by the Program Director. Decisions on acceptance are made until the maximum enrollment for each class is reached. Candidates are encouraged to submit a completed application early in the admissions cycle.

Admission Requirements

Preferred Applicants to the MSCVP program may possess qualifications from either of these two options:

Option A

Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university and/or

  • Respiratory Therapist (RRT) or Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Critical care experience within the last three years
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0, calculated using their entire RT or RN diploma/degree programs of study
  • Documentation which is relevant to training and/or experience (CV or resume)
  • A document or a letter from a recent employer confirming a minimum of one year of critical care experience within the past three years

The applicant's cumulative grade point average (GPA) will be calculated using grades from the entire undergraduate degree program of study. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for admission to the MSCVP program.

Option B

A Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university and successful completion of each of the following university courses with a minimum grade of B (GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale):

  • Anatomy
  • College Algebra or Calculus
  • Physiology
  • Physics with Laboratory (course must cover the following: Newtonian laws, fluid dynamics and fluid statics)
  • Organic or Inorganic Chemistry (course must cover the following: structure of matter, solutions, acid/base theory, and thermodynamics).

Additional requirements

In order to be considered for admission to the MSCVP program, applicants must submit documentation of the following:

  • Graduate Record Exam (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing) scores highly recommended but not required; preference to those who have completed GRE scores within the last three years.
  • An essay about why the applicant wishes to be a perfusionist and what makes the applicant a good candidate for acceptance into the program.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Experience of interviewing with a practicing perfusionist, as demonstrated by a signed observation/interview form.
  • Completion of the program interview process (by invitation only).

Specific Health Requirements for Admission

Accepted candidates must show documentation of meeting the following specific health requirements prior to matriculation into the program:

  • Completion of BLS First Aid/CPR training and certification
  • Submission of Immunization Requirement Form (IRF)DOC, including laboratory reports
  • Confirmation of a TB Test
  • Completion of Mask Fitting Testing due to CoVID-19 pandemic

Any costs associated with meeting the unique health requirements for admission are the responsibility of the student.

Internationally Educated Applicants

Internationally educated applicants must satisfy the program-specific admission requirements and submit a credential assessment and proof of English language proficiency. Only certified copies or original of these documents will be accepted. All documents submitted for MSCVP application purposes (transcripts, credential assessments, English language assessments) become the property of LTU and cannot be returned after the application process is completed.

LTU requires a credential assessment to verify the credentials     of international and internationally educated applicants. The credential evaluation can be obtained from World Education Services (WES): 212-966-6311 or visit www.wes.org . Applicants are advised to   contact the LTU’s Admissions Office before using any other Credential Assessment Service.

For applicants whose first language is not English, language proficiency must be demonstrated by one of the following methods:

  • An average score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The band score in each component must be 6.0 or higher.
  • A total score of 90 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Each section score must be 21 or higher.

Office of Admissions



Program Director

Kristen Fanelli, MS, BScN, CCP, RN