University of Nebraska Medical Center


Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions, with answers, represent some of our most frequently asked questions for the Master of Perfusion Science Degree Advancement Option:

What is the purpose of the Master of Perfusion Science Degree Advancement Option (MPS DAO)?
The DAO is a program which provides technologists an opportunity to upgrade their education to the master's level, specifically to a Master in Perfusion Science. This is the same degree awarded to the students enrolled in the traditional UNMC Clinical Perfusion Education programs. The program recognizes that it is difficult, and most of the time impossible, for working Perfusionists to attend on-campus traditional programs.
Who is eligible?
Perfusionists who have 1) graduated from an accredited Perfusion training program from within the US or Canada and 2) graduated with a Bachelor's degree earned IN ADDITION to the perfusion training. Current certification, licensure, or clinical practice is NOT necessary.
How does it work?
Accepted applicants are enrolled through the College of Allied Health Professionals, Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). When the assigned work is completed, continuing education credit is awarded and a MPS Diploma is issued by the UNMC Office of Academic Records.
What is the length of the program?
The program is intended to be completed on a part-time basis while the technologist continues to work in their profession. Students are allowed up to five years from enrollment to complete all the courses of their Plan of Study, however the program can be completed in four semesters.
Is there an application deadline?
Please refer to the How to Apply webpage.
What costs are involved?
Please visit the Tuition & Fees webpage.
Must I pay the entire amount at one time?
No. You will pay as you register for classes and order course materials each semester.
Do I have to enroll in classes every semester?
No, you do not have to enroll in classes every semester, just keep in mind that not all the courses are available each semester and you should complete your Plan of Study within five years of enrollment in your first class.
I am a Perfusionist that is not working in the profession. Am I eligible?
When I complete the program, what will happen?
When you complete all the requirements, you will receive information on how to apply for your degree. You may also attend graduation or you may request to have the diploma mailed to you by UNMC. You may obtain your UNMC transcripts.
Can I earn continuing education credit?
The American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) will permit Category III CEUs for course work. Related course work is awarded one CEU per activity with a limit of 15 CEUs. Please review the ABCP Booklet of Information for details.
What is the curriculum of the MPS?
Please visit the Curriculum webpage.
How will I be awarded the credit hours required for a master's from UNMC?
You will enter the program at a bachelors level. You will receive transfer credit from UNMC for the training accomplished from your accredited perfusion education program. You earn additional graduate studies semester hours while enrolled in the MPS DAO program. Upon completion of the program, you must apply for graduation.
Is the MPS DAO accredited?
The MPS DAO is an integral part of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Allied Health Professions, which is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges, and Schools. The program is considered a professional degree program and does not include a clinical education component; therefore, it is not under the purview of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.