Course Descriptions

The following courses all have the CVP prefix. The number of credits is indicated in parentheses after each course title.

310 Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology (3)
A study of the structure and mechanisms by which the cardiovascular system functions in relationship to other organ systems. Prerequisite: Program Admission.

340 Basic Surgery and Monitoring (2)
An exposure to sterile and aseptic techniques, interrelationships among personnel and surgical techniques within the operating room relating to perfusion. Prerequisite: Program Admission.

350 Perfusion Technology I (3)
An introduction to the various components that comprise the software and hardware of the perfusion circuit and techniques in their utilization. Prerequisite: Program Admission.

360 Perfusion Devices and Lab I (2)
An extensive hands-on experience in the perfusion wet-lab. Students learn and demonstrate proper circuit assembly utilizing a roller pump with a basic knowledge of the mechanics. Prerequisite: Program Admission.

400 Cardiovascular Pharmacology (3)
A study of different pharmacological interventions utilized for cardiovascular patients. The student will learn the actions and effects of specific classes of drugs, both singularly and in combination with emphasis being placed on the interactions of these drugs, as well as their relevance in the clinical setting, particularly as they apply to the cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal systems. Prerequisites: CVP 310, 340, and 350.

410 Research Methodology (1)
A web-based course on the applications of how to interpret, write, and present scientific data pertinent to perfusion. The student will present a literature review utilizing the tools of experimental design and statistics; presenting their findings through written and oral communication. Prerequisites: CVP 350 and 360.

420 Cardiology (2)
A study of the structure, function, and disorders of the heart. The student will learn cardiac diagnosis utilizing invasive and non-invasive techniques including electrocardiograms (EKGs), echocardiology, electrophysiology, and cardiac catheterization, and the subsequent interventions. Prerequisites: CVP 310 and 340.

430 Physiological Management of Bypass (2)
A study to understand the physiological changes occurring during cardiopulmonary bypass and appropriate evaluation for correction while maintaining patient safety. Prerequisite: Program Admission.

440 Cardiovascular Pathology (3)
A study of the pathological changes that affect the cardiovascular system including the dynamic aspects of diseases, pathophysiological mechanisms involved, and associated signs and symptoms. Special attention is given to the study of cardiac congenital malformations. Additionally, all available diagnostic techniques and current treatments (medical and surgical) are studied. Prerequisite: CVP 310.

450 Perfusion Technology II (3)
An emphasis on the numerous long-term support technologies that are utilized separately or in conjunction with the heart-lung machine and additional ancillary equipment utilized for patient evaluation and support. Prerequisite: CVP 350.

460 Perfusion Devices and Lab II (1)
An emphasis on setup and priming of different pump systems utilizing centrifugal pumps and ancillary perfusion techniques. Prerequisite: CVP 360.

470 Clinical Practicum I (12)
An initial clinical exposure to the open heart environment where the student will receive one-on-one instruction from a designated clinical instructor and begin the foundation for clinical consistency and competence. Prerequisites: CVP 400, 410, 420, 440, 450, 460.

475 Clinical Practicum II (12)
The intermediate clinical exposure to the open heart environment where the student will continue to receive one-on-one instruction with a clinical instructor and further develop an expected level of consistency and competence while mastering perfusion techniques relating to a variety of patient populations and scenarios. Prerequisite: CVP 470.

480 Clinical Practicum III (12)
The final clinical exposure to the open heart environment where the student will be expected to demonstrate a high level of consistency and proficiency in the conduct of cardiopulmonary bypass with respect to a variety of patient populations, perfusion scenarios, and adjunctive techniques. The clinical instructor will continue to monitor the student but strive to maintain an advisory role to further the student’s confidence and independence. Prerequisite: CVP 475.