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Cardiovascular perfusionist operating heart-lung bypass machine.

Program overview

Program length: 3-12 weeks
Class size: 1 per rotation block
Location: Phoenix, Arizona

This clinical rotation program prepares students for a career as a certified clinical perfusionist (CCP). You'll receive hands-on learning with the heart lung machine, left ventricular assist devices, ECMO, and other perfusion modalities.

Through Mayo Clinic's well-planned and supervised rotations, you will gain perfusion experience in cardiac surgery at Mayo Clinic Hospital, where specialty surgical teams provide care to patients requiring heart repair surgery.

Application process

Once you are enrolled in the Cardiovascular Science Program at Midwestern University or University of Arizona, you are eligible to participate in the perfusion rotations at Mayo Clinic by making arrangements through your college program director. You must successfully complete the required program course work before you are eligible to complete the rotations. Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences does not select students for rotations, this is determined by the college you are attending.

Mayo Clinic provides your scrub attire during your rotations.

You are responsible for your living accommodations and transportation.


The Cardiovascular Science Program prerequisites are determined by Midwestern University and the University of Arizona Health Sciences Medical Pharmacology - Perfusion Sciences Graduate Program.

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

Admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is open to U.S. workers in the four categories below. Therefore, visa sponsorship is not available.

  1. U.S. citizens
  2. U.S. nationals
  3. Lawful permanent residents
  4. Asylees and refugees

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). Scores from the speaking portion of the exam are given particular consideration in admission decisions. Learn more about the exam and register online at the Educational Testing Service.

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences code for the TOEFL iBT is 5784.

Educational transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must be translated (if they are not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalence by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. Please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of qualified companies. The applicant pays for the examination and credential-evaluation services.

How to apply

Our affiliate schools, Midwestern University and University of Arizona, process applications for the Cardiovascular Science Program.

Tuition and financial aid

Tuition rates are determined by and paid to Midwestern University or University of Arizona. Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences participates in a clinical rotation tuition sharing process, which is billed directly to the universities.

Graduation and certification

Graduates of accredited perfusion programs are eligible to sit for the first part of the national certification examination given by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP).

Accreditation information

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs certified the Cardiovascular Science Program at Midwestern University to be in full compliance with the nationally established standards. Students are eligible to take the first of two national certifying examinations upon graduation.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

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