University of Nebraska Medical Center

Clinical Perfusion

Be a patient’s heart and lungs. Be a part of an open-heart surgical team. Be a clinical perfusionist. 

Perfusion pump sim

Why Study Clinical Perfusion?

Clinical perfusion is one of the top-paying professions in the allied health sector, and for good reason. Perfusionists must operate complicated machinery that pumps blood throughout the body during open-heart surgery, and work with surgical and emergency teams to keep a patient alive.

This profession is high-risk, high-reward, and in high demand as advances in cardiovascular medicine continue to develop in healthcare. What is a clinical perfusionist?

Why Study Clinical Perfusion at UNMC?

Small Class Size

In our Master of Perfusion Science program, class size is kept small so students may have direct contact with their professors at any point in their program. You will work with certified clinical perfusionists, practicing with perfusion equipment in both simulations and lab experiences.

Real World Experience

You'll take your new skills and knowledge to our world-renowned clinical affiliate, Nebraska Medicine, to have real world applications starting in the second week of our program.


Beneficial Interactions

You'll have beneficial interactions with the 2nd-year perfusion students, and our Degree Advancement Option students - actively practicing perfusionists who are simultaneously enrolled in our program to attain an advanced educational degree. Degree Advancement Option

Degree Advancement Option

Clinical Rotations

You will complete three semesters of intense didactic training followed by written, oral, and case simulator competencies. These competencies prepare you for four clinical rotations at affiliate sites throughout the United States where you will master your clinical skills with the help of a Certified Clinical Perfusionist.

Affiliate Sites

Program Snapshot

Course Load
21 months (5 semesters)
Start Date
Fall semester begins in August

Program Highlights

Quality Education and Preparation

We are dedicated to providing a quality education experience to students pursuing a career in the field of extracorporeal circulation. Our ultimate goal is to prepare individuals to provide the highest level of patient care achievable.

Degree Requirements

Great Outcomes

Our grads have a history of high performance on the board exam. We use innovative simulations, labs, and supervised clinical instruction by some of the region’s most highly qualified faculty who practice at various clinical sites performing open-heart surgery.



Perfusionists work in hospital settings and most are employed either by hospitals, individual surgeons, surgical groups, or private health care corporations. Common careers include:

  • Staff Perfusionist
  • Chief Perfusionist
  • Locums Perfusionist
  • Perfusion Clinical Instructor
  • Perfusion Faculty Member
  • Perfusion Researcher
  • Perfusion Program Director


  • Comprehensive Care Services, Pontiac, MI
  • KUMed, Kansas City, KA
  • Nebraska Medicine, Omaha, NE
  • Peak Perfusion, Colorado Springs, CO
  • PDC (Perfusion.Com), Florida
  • Saint Lukes Hospital, Kansas City, MO
  • SpecialtyCare, Nashville, TN
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Wisconsin
  • VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Dual MBA Degree

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Dual Degree Details

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