|Field of Study:||Cardiology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Science, Technology and Society
|Description:||Cardiovascular Perfusionists are important members of the open-heart surgical team, whose primary role is to conduct cardiopulmonary bypass using a heart-lung machine and other ancillary equipment. They closely monitor the patient's blood flow and other vital signs during open heart surgery and are also responsible for administering intravenous fluids, blood products, and anesthetic drugs. Perfusionists are also experts of other life support equipment, such as ventricular assist devices and intraaortic balloon pumps.
The program begins with a one-week residential orientation, which prepares learners to transition to the online (distributed) learning environment. Learners then spend a component of the first semester studying from their home. While in the online component of the program, learners will engage with the learning material and interact with instructors and other learners using discussion forums, instant messaging, and other information and communication technologies. In the latter half of the first semester, learners return to The Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences to continue the application of their learning in a modern laboratory setting. The delivery method for the second semester is similar to the first, except for the addition of a residential readiness for practice component that occurs in the institution’s high-fidelity simulation suite. The third and fourth semesters are comprised of advanced cardiovascular perfusionist techniques and hospital based clinical education.
Graduates will receive The Michener Institute's Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Cardiovascular Perfusion). Program length may differ for International Students. Please see the International Students page for more information.
This program is offered every other year.