CV Perfusionist

  1. Hello,I dont know if im at the right forum for this,bu I have a qustion about becoming a nurse profusionist. I know I have to have a BSN,and a program is 2 years.But what are the the prequs for going into this field? Like I know to be a CRNA,a bsn and a minimum of 1 year working in ICU/PACU/surgICU plus having ACLS,PALSect and how do IO find about the schools.Thank y'all.
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  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    overview of cardiac perfusion careers:

    cardiac perfusionists are not doctors, or nurses. cardiac perfusion is an allied health career. a cardiac perfusionist, also known as a certified clinical perfusionist (ccp), is a specialized medical professional who operates what you may know as the “heart-lung” machine. the heart lung machine keeps a patient’s blood pumping, and basically takes the place of the patient’s heart, while open-heart surgery is taking place. cardiac perfusion is needed for a variety of surgeries including organ transplant, heart bypass, and other cardiac surgeries. they also involved in ecmo (extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation).

    education: bachelors or masters degree awarded depending on program perfusion training programs

    mayo clinic: cardiovascular perfusionist career overview


    the american academy of cardiovascular perfusion

    the perfusion home page
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Sep 28, '09
  4. by   James Garrity

    Thanks for getting back with me about profusionist.But let me ask you,I will need some experence in the medical field,plus ,a BS degree,can I move into there with a BSN and working in ICU?
    Thank you.