Clinical Competency Confirmation
The Competency Confirmation Program is unique in that it can be tailored to an individuals’ needs.
The program is designed to:
1) Assist perfusionists who have been absent from practice prepare for reentrance into the clinical arena
2) Evaluate competency for employers
3) Prepare perfusionists to sit for certification, i.e. master online testing (It’s not hard, just different)
Our competency evaluation includes re-education (in our online Extracorporeal Technology Review and Perioperative Blood Management) program, our simulation series, summative assessments, online practice exams, and final competency exam.
The results legitimately "equate" to recent graduates from our traditional UNMC CPE program.
Step 1) Extracorporeal Technology Review - 6 days completed totally online.
Step 2) Perioperative Blood Management Course – 6 days completed totally online.
Step 3) Online Testing Preparation - Includes 9 unique opportunities to take on-line exams. Each exam will utilize a different data set, so there are unique questions associated with each test.
Step 4) Simulation Evaluation - the participant will then need to travel to Omaha for a 3-day one-on-one simulation evaluation. Participant will demonstrate, in a wet lab simulation, competency in 12 linear areas of perfusion performance including:
- Arterial filter preparation
- Roller pump occlusion
- ECC debubble techniques
- ECC initiation techniques
- Maintenance techniques in ECC
- Techniques of left ventricular venting for ECC
- Techniques of cardioplegia for ECC
- Combined responsibilities during ECC
- Techniques of ECC termination
- ECC techniques of partial support
- Techniques of intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation timing
- Oxygenator change or augmentation
Step 5) Oral Summative Assessments. After completing the wet lab experience, participants are tested for oral competency in the following four summative didactic areas:CPB
- Cardiac assistance
- Lab assessment
- Perioperative blood management
Step 6) Comprehensive Competency Examination - the final day of the simulation evaluation there is 4-hour comprehensive competency examination, which is a 220 question mock-board exam, the results of which outline the participants specific areas of weakness where they need improvement.
When not in online classes and simulations the participant would be practicing the online exams.
A certificate of completion will verify the "official" nature of the process and we will issue an official UNMC Clinical Perfusion Education “certificate of evaluation.”