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Cardiovascular Perfusion
Graduate Diploma Program

Cardiovascular Perfusion:
At A Glance
Credential(s) Earned Graduate Diploma
Program Length 16 months
Delivery Method Full time
Start Date Next Intake is Fall 2016
Tuition Canadian Student Tuition
  International Tuition
Application Deadline Next Intake is Fall 2016
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Program Codes MICH CV222

Click here to access the 2015 Viewbook

*Note: The Cardiovascular Perfusion Graduate Diploma Program is offered every other year.

Interested in a career in cardiovascular perfusion?
What is cardiovascular perfusion?
What does a Cardiovascular Perfusionist do?
Why become a Cardiovascular Perfusionist?
Career Opportunities
How long does it take?
Admission Requirements
How do I apply?
What will I learn?
Textbook List
Clinical Education
Interesting Links

What is Cardiovascular Perfusion?

Cardiovascular perfusion is a profession primarely focused on supporting the normal functions of the heart and lungs during open-heart surgery. This allows the heart to be stopped to facilitate cardiac surgery.

What does a Cardiovascular Perfusionist do?

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.

Why become a Cardiovascular Perfusionist?

Job Satisfaction - Being able to work independently contributes to high levels of job satisfaction among Cardiovascular Perfusionists.

Unique Career Opportunities - Cardiovascular Perfusionists are integral members of open-heart surgical teams. Previous critical care experiences and skills are used in a new and exciting way - taking it to the next level.

For an overview of programs and services offered at Michener download our 2015 Viewbook.

Career Opportunities

The Cardiovascular Perfusion program at Michener is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). Graduates are eligible to write the certification examinations of the Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion and the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion and are employed in cardiac surgery centres across Canada and the United States. Opportunities for growth exist in:

  • Education
  • Commercial sales
  • Research management

How long does it take?

Cardiovascular Perfusion program is a 16 month full-time program.

Our Unique Delivery Model

The program begins with a one week residential orientation which prepares learners to transition to the on-line (distributed) learning environment. Learners then spend a component of the first semester studying from their home. While in the on-line 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 of the full second semester will be at The Michener Institute with the addition of a residential readiness for practice component that occurs in the institution’s high-fidelity simulation suite. The third semester will build on the learning of the second semester with a blended approach of simulation learning activities in advanced cardiovascular perfusionist techniques and hospital based clinical education. By the fourth semester students will fully transition to 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.

Start Date

Next intake is Sept 2016

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Cardiovascular Perfusion program must possess qualifications from either of these two options:


  • Bachelor's degree AND
  • Respiratory Therapist (RRT) or Registered Nurse (RN) AND
  • Critical care experience within the last 5 years
  • CGPA will be calculated using entire RT/RN diploma/degree. Minimum required CGPA is 70%.
  • All documents relevant to training and/or experience (resume or CV)
  • A letter from an employer stating a minimum of one year of critical care experience within the past five years (if applicable).


  • Bachelor's degree AND
  • Successful completion of each of the following university courses (revised August 2012):
    • Human Anatomy (with lab)*
    • Human Physiology*
    • Algebra or Calculus
    • General Physics (including lab component)
    • Physical Chemistry
  • Minimum of 0.5 credit for each prerequisite with minimum grade of 60%.
  • CGPA will be calculated using entire undergraduate degree. Minimum required CGPA is 70%.

* Note: Michener offers two distance-education courses, each of which satisfies the program's subject prerequisites for anatomy and physiology: AP601 Anatomy & Physiology for Health Care Professionals and AP807 Gross Human Anatomy & Physiology. For course details visit the Continuing Education web site.

Suggested Courses: Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
Please note that these are suggested courses only and are NOT admission requirements to the program.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must submit an English Language Assessment.

Admissions to the CVP program will be determined by an assessment of academic achievement (40%), professional and academic experience (10%) and the Multi Mini Interview (50%).

To assess your experience, ALL applicants are asked to fill out an Applicant Experience Checklist and to submit the requested supporting documents along with the form (due date TBD). Please note that this document must be submitted in person, e-mail or by mail to the Admissions Office at The Michener Institute, 222 St. Patrick St. Room 500, Toronto, ON M5T 1V4 or admissions@michener.ca



Internationally Educated Applicants

If you are an internationally educated applicant  living in Canada as a landed immigrant or permanent resident, please be aware that you must have a full Course by Course evaluation of your transcripts by the World Education Service(WES) or a Comprehensive evaluation from the International Credential Assessment Service(ICAS). A document-to-document evaluation or the general evaluation offered through OntarioColleges(OCAS) is not sufficient. Documents must be evaluated to Canadian standards. Please note that WES does not do a course by course evaluation of High School documents. In order to have your International Education included in our initial admissions assessment we must receive all your documents by the deadline associated with the 2016 application cycle.


The fee policy for Canadian students can found on the Canadian Tuition Fees web page.

The fee policy for International Students can found on the International Student tuition fees web page.

How do I apply?

Step 1: Submit the following to ontariocolleges.ca

  • Completed application
  • Official academic transcripts and official copies of post secondary education documents. Official Notarized copies will also be accepted.
  • Non refundable application fee

Applicants must submit the application to OntarioColleges at:

Apply online at: www.ontariocolleges.ca


60 Corporate Court
Guelph, ON
N1G 5J3
Tel: (519) 763-4725 or 1-888-892-2228


Please use the following application codes:
College Code: MICH
Program Code: CV222 Cardiovascular Perfusion

For more information on the application process please visit Michener's Admissions page.

All supporting documentation that is sent directly to Michener should be addressed to the Admissions Department. Click here for Admissions contact information.

Step 3:

All applicants will be mailed a Supplementary Application with an invitation to review, and sign off on important program specific material. This signed Supplementary Application must then be returned to Michener's Admissions Office along with the applicable fee.

Step 4:

Top ranked applicants to the Cardiovascular Perfusion program will be invited to attend the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI), the final phase of our admissions process. What is MMI?


Offers Of Admission

Offers of admission will be made to students based on a combination of information received from application step 1 through 4. Any information received late, or not at all, will affect our ability to evaluate your academic and work related credentials and will severely impact on Michener being able to make an offer of admission. After the MMI is completed, offers of admission will be made. Offers of Admission will be mailed during the first week of May.

For more information on the application process please visit Michener's Admissions page.

Application Process for International Applicants

All International students (on a study permit/work permit in Canada, or residing overseas) have a separate application process. Please apply directly to The Michener Institute. For more information please refer to the International Admissions page.

Application Deadline

February 1, 2016

What will I learn?

Students will learn:

  • Detailed anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular and related systems
  • The operation of high-tech mechanical pumps and cardiopulmonary support devices
  • Comprehensive perfusion theory
  • Pharmacology
  • Hemotherapy


Please check this website for any updates regarding the program before the application deadline.

Semester 1 - Fall

HTCV111 Hemotherapy
PCCV111 Patient Care and Professionalism
PSCV111 Physiological Science I
PTCV110 Perfusion Theory I

Semester 2 - Winter

PDCV120 Professional Practice
PMCV121 Applied Pharmacology
PPCV120 Pathophysiology
PTCV120 Perfusion Theory II
RMCV120 Research Methods

Semester 3 - Summer

CLCV134 Simulation and Clinical Education I
PTCV230 Advanced Perfusion Theory

Semester 4 - Fall

CLCV242 Clinical Education

2013/2014 Textbook List

Before the turning point when cardio-pulmonary bypass became available, hypothermia was used as the sole method for open heart surgery which was extremely short-lived one, from 1952 to 1954. Moreover, the method was never very popular, initially too cumbersome and limited to simple straightforward operations. Cardio-pulmonary bypass can be looked at as the climax of a revolutionary development. (Interactive Cardio Vascular and Thoracic Surgery 2004; 3:535-541, The mid-century revolution in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery: Part 6, Author: A.P. Naef.)

Clinical Education

Length:          24 weeks

Start:             July

End:               December

You will be assigned to clinical placement site(s) through Michener’s Office for Clinical Education. This process begins with an information session in the first semester of your program.

As clinical education is a major component of all Michener programs, our affiliated clinical sites are integral to your education. They include regional cardiac surgical hospitals across Canada. Working closely under the supervision of Certified Perfusionists you will have the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills into practice during the clinical phase of your program. Clinical placements give you hands-on experience in work environments and the opportunity to network with potential employers.

You will be placed in more than one clinical site during your clinical placement period, based on the required clinical competencies for your program and the range of services at the clinical sites. 

Clinical partner sites are subject to change, therefore, specific geographic regions may not be available at the time of your placement; other regions may be added. Please note that when you accept a seat in the program, you also accept to go to any of the program’s affiliated clinical sites at the time of your placement. In addition, you agree to comply with the following mandatory requirements which must be completed prior to the start of your clinical placement: 

  • First Aid and CPR Certification for Health Care Providers
  • N95 Mask Fit Testing
  • Updated Vulnerable Persons Check (also required upon admission)
  • Updated TB Test (also required upon admission)

Michener highly recommends all students be vaccinated with influenza vaccine.  This vaccine may be mandatory at some clinical sites.  Students must follow clinical site protocol. 

Accreditation and Certification

The Cardiovascular Perfusion program is a CMA (Canadian Medical Association) accredited program.

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that programs enable their students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to function as competent health practitioners for the benefit of all Canadians. Accreditation, an external validation of program quality, is the public recognition that an educational program has met national standards (CMA 2006)

Graduating from an accredited program means that:

  • your education has met national standards
  • your program has patient care and student welfare at the forefront
  • your education is relevant to current medical practice
  • your have access to professional certification
  • eligibilty to write the National Certification Exam set by The Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion
  • you have attained the competencies required for entry to practice
  • your education is recognized by employers and the public
  • you have greater mobility as a health science practitioner

Cardiovascular Perfusion Scholarships

General Scholarships and Bursaries

Interesting Links

Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion (CSCP)
American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Continuing Education in CVP - Masters in Perfusion Science


Students graduating from the program are also eligible for a Masters in Perfusion Science from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Michener has arranged an accelerated admissions process for these interested graduates.

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