Course Descriptions

CLPR 501 Applied Electronics and Biomedical Monitoring (3 credit hours) An introductory course to familiarize students with the fundamentals of electronics; to use and test monitoring equipment; to understand biomedical electronics as it pertains to perfusion related electrical and monitoring equipment. Introduction to catheterization procedures, techniques and hemodynamic assessment as it pertains to cardiac function and interpretation will also be covered in this course.

CLPR 502 Introduction to Perfusion Technology (2 credit hours)  Introduction to Perfusion Technology is an introductory level class for the first year perfusion students. Students are introduced to the role of the cardiovascular Perfusionist as a professional health care provider. The course covers theory of extracorporeal science with a major focus on the principles of extracorporeal relationships within open systems and patient management techniques during cardiopulmonary bypass. The student is introduced to assessment skills, circulation management techniques, and the perfusion medical record. The focus of the course is in the introduction of perfusion technology.

CLPR 505 Perfusion Concepts I (4 credit hours) This class provides the entry level student with the fundamental concepts of extracorporeal circulation. Instruction includes substantial course work on blood propelling devices, filtration, gas exchange in natural and artificial devices, principles of acid-base analysis, hypothermia, circulatory arrest, and hemodilution. Additional course topics include blood conservation methods, ultrafiltration, mechanical assist device and special bypass situations. Monitoring of the cardiac patient during extracorporeal circulation will be discussed with specific emphasis on blood gas analysis, temperature, hemodynamics, fluid and electrolyte balance, and coagulation.

CLPR 506 Applied Clinical Practices (2 credit hours) This course covers the fundamentals of daily responsibilities of the cardiovascular perfusionist, including the logistics of departmental organization, operating room and hospital organizational structure, and material management services. In addition, students will apply the concepts learned in CLPR and 502 and 505 in the clinical environment. Students will receive instruction on surgical techniques for various cardiac, orthopedic, vascular and transplantation procedures. Various invasive and non-invasive monitoring practices will be reviewed. Monitoring of the surgical patient during extracorporeal circulation will be discussed with specific emphasis on electrophysiology and hemodynamics. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental concepts of cardiac surgical procedures, through observation and instruction from faculty of a variety of services supported by cardiovascular perfusion.

CLPR 512 Perfusion Techniques (2 credit hours) Perfusion Techniques is an intermediate level class for first year perfusion students. Students have demonstrated beginning level competencies in the basic principles of extracorporeal circulation, and will now study how these principles can be applied to extended patient care situations. The class covers advanced assessment skills, extracorporeal hardware and circuitry, advanced management techniques in extracorporeal circulation, perfusion emergencies and disasters, perfusion protocols, and the detailed perfusion care plan. The main focus of this course is in the practical application of perfusion technology.

CLPR 515 Perfusion Concepts II (4 credit hours) Perfusion Concepts II is a second semester advanced perfusion technologies course that will focus on three major subject areas: myocardial biochemistry and physiology, cardiac disease, and interventional strategies. Class work in myocardial metabolism and physiology, reperfusion injury, diagnostic and interventional cardiology (electrophysiology, echocardiography, angioplasty and associated treatments), and cardiac surgical technologies.

CLPR 520 Thesis Development (1 credit hour) This course is designed to accent the concepts learned in Research Methods in Allied Health (CAHP 518) course. Independent research is required whereby students will identify an area of research that they find interesting, and select a topic on a current perfusion problem. They will be required to apply methods of the scientific method in designing a research protocol to examine the problem, which will be implemented in future courses.

CLPR 701 In Vitro/In Vivo Laboratory Procedures (2 credit hours) This course is an introduction to perfusion techniques and principles in a laboratory setting. Students are exposed to 'hands on' demonstrations and applications of all devices and products currently used in cardiopulmonary bypass and cardiovascular surgery. Exercises are designed and carried out by students that involve both wet laboratories (In Vitro) and laboratory animals (In Vivo). Students are required to complete this class prior to entering their clinical rotations.

CLPR 702 and 703 Perfusion Seminars (1 credit hour each semester) Seminar is 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.

CLPR 705 Pediatric Perfusion (3 credit hours) Concepts and techniques of pediatric perfusion will be reviewed. Extracorporeal circulation during repair of congenital heart defects in neonate, infant and pediatric patients will be examined. Embryological and developmental changes associated with maturation will be reviewed, and cardiological diagnostic techniques will be explored. Both common and complex cardiac defects will be identified.

CLPR 708 Journal Review (1 credit hour) In order to provide the student with critical reading skills necessary to evaluate the legitimacy of published research data, and expose the student to current elements of perfusion technology, journal articles investigating selected topics are critically reviewed on several levels utilizing multiple critique methodologies. To further develop critical thinking skills, the students will review current journals for a specific topic and then present selected articles in critical review and teach classmates about the selected topic. During such presentations the student presenting is to serve as a moderator in a group discussion regarding the article specifically and the subject at hand in general.

CLPR 710, 711 and 712 Research Methods I, II, and III (1 credit hour each) These courses are continuations of Special Projects Analysis, CLPR 520. Here the students will be required to implement , perform, and conduct the research project designed in CLPR 520. Appropriate data and statistical analysis will be performed. The students will be required to submit a final paper in the Journal of Extra-Corporeal Technology format at the conclusion of the last semester. In addition, there will be a formal presentation made to faculty and invited guests held during the final week of classes in the last semester of study.

CLPR 715 and 718 Clinical Rotation Perfusion I and II (5 credit hours each) Previously learned principles and techniques of perfusion are applied to clinical settings at UNMC and affiliate hospitals. Students will function as primary perfusionist on a variety of clinical cases including heart and liver transplantation procedures, cardiac and thoracic procedures, and ventricular assist procedures. The students are on call to report for emergency procedures as they arise.

CLPR 720 and 725 Clinical Rotation Pediatric Perfusion I and II (5 credit hours each) Clinical rotations are scheduled for 1 month periods at Children's’ Memorial Hospital in Omaha, NE. Students will perform, under the direct supervision of a certified clinical perfusionist, extracorporeal circulation on neonatal and pediatric patients. The case mixture of congenital heart defects is both diverse and extensive. Students will be required to perform no less than 15 extracorporeal circulation procedures on neonatal and pediatric patients undergoing cardiac surgery.

CLPR 730 and 735 Clinical Rotation III and IV (5 credit hours each) Previously learned principles and techniques of perfusion are applied to the clinical setting. Students travel to several of the clinical affiliate sites for continued instruction. Students are on call to report for emergency procedures as they arise. During the three clinical rotations, CLPR 715, 730, and 735 the students must perform 150 clinical cases; in 125 of these they must be the primary perfusionist responsible for all aspects of perfusion care including implementing and terminating cardiopulmonary bypass, and following the patient’s progress while in the hospital.

PHAR 507 Pharmacology (5 credit hours) This course is designed to examine the fundamentals of pharmacology. PHAR 507 is taught by faculty members in the Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine. Areas explored include drug mechanisms of action, side effects, and contraindications of various pharmacological agents. Drugs that effect the cardiovascular, renal, pulmonary and central nervous system as well as antimicrobial therapy will be emphasized in this course.

PAMM 690 Biology of Disease (5 credit hours) This course is a presentation of normal and abnormal development, structure and growth of human cells, tissues and organs. PAMM 690 is taught by faculty members in the College of Medicine. Histological criteria of the different organ systems will be presented. Emphasis will be made on the cardiovascular pulmonary and renal organ systems.

CAHP 530 Scanning the Health Care Environment (1 credit hour) The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the complex issues surrounding the economics of health care and health care delivery. Health care is changing rapidly, moving from the inpatient setting to the outpatient or home setting, from fee-for-service to managed care, from specialist to generalist, from health care as a noble profession to health care as a business. Allied health professionals are affected by such changes in both their personal and professional lives. This course is designed to assist students in gaining an understanding of why change is occurring, recognizing trends in their particular environment and identifying strategies to affect the changes to ensure that the patient is served. The topics to be covered include the economics of health care, the history of health care in the 20th century, federal involvement in health care, principles of insurance, elements of a health care plan, Medicare, Medicaid, restructuring, health care reform and the responding to the challenge of the uninsured.

CAHP 531 Management in Health Care (2 credit hours) The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the concept of organizational theory and behavior. As future heath care professionals, the students will work in an organization and will be either a manager or managee. An understanding of the actions and attitudes that people exhibit in an organization will help the student become a more valuable contributor to the organization, and more successful in his/her future career. The topics to be covered include the principles of motivation, team building, leadership, management, organizational culture, and individual responses to organizational cultures. Since change is a constant in today’s organization, the student will learn basic methods for planning and implementing organizational change.

The student will also be introduced to several management applications. 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 his/her own resume for an entrance level professional position (discipline specific).

CAHP 626 Health Care Ethics & Critical Thinking (3 credit hours)  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.

CAHP 723 Principles of Critical Inquiry (2 credit hours)  This course is designed to develop the students' abilities to read and appraise published research studies. The primary focus will be on learning research study designs, basic statistical methods, and the use of research information for clinical decision-making in evidence based practice.