About The Program
The Texas Heart Institute (THI) School of Perfusion Technology offers a post-baccalaureate certificate in perfusion technology. The 12-month course trains students to use the cardiopulmonary bypass machine and other equipment associated with open heart surgery. In addition, students receive extensive instruction in cardiopulmonary function and extensive experience in the operating room. The Texas Heart Institute School of Perfusion is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Committee for Perfusion Education (ACPE), and graduates are eligible to become a Certified Clinical Perfusionist after they take the national certification examination, which is given by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion.
Perfusion Licensure: Prospective applicants for the Texas Heart School of Perfusion Technology should consult the licensing boards for states in which they may apply for licensure prior to attendance and are responsible for confirming the Texas Heart Institute program meets perfusion licensing requirements for that state.
Design of Program
Academic courses and clinical rotations are held concurrently. Lectures are taught by St. Luke’s staff perfusionists, THI staff, and various guest lecturers. Scheduled lectures and exams are subject to change based on the needs of the surgical schedule of the hospital. Lectures can be scheduled Monday through Friday during the morning or afternoon. Clinical courses require students to be present evenings, nights, weekend and holidays. Students are also required to take call in week long segments multiple times during the year.
Students spend more than 60 hours per week at the hospital between academic classes and clinical rotations. Classes and exams may begin as early as 6:00am and a student might be at the hospital until 9pm or longer for clinical procedures.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition is $25,000 per year, payable in 4 installments. The first installment of $6,250 is due at the time of registration with subsequent payments of $6,250 at specific times during the year. In additions, students will need approximately $25,000 – $30,000 to cover living expenses for the year. The nature of our program makes it impossible for students to have jobs while in the program.
As we are a private program and not a part of a university or college, federal financial aid is not available. This includes most student loans, grants, scholarships, funds from the G.I. bill, and any other kind of assistance that would typically be available. We would be happy to accept these funds, but they are only available to college and universities.
Texas Heart Institute is happy to partner with Meritize Financial to offer student loans that are customized based on individual student performance. Students are able to finance the amount of tuition only. For more information, please visit www.meritize.com
- The graduates from the Classes of 2012 – 2015 had 100% job placement within 6 months of graduation. (Source: AC-PE Graduation Survey)
- The pass rate for first time test takers in Classes of 2012 – 2015 on the Basic Science Examination was 100%. (Source: ABCP Perfusion Examination Results)
- The pass rate for first time test takers in Classes of 2012 – 2015 on the Clinical Application Examination was 100%. (Source: ABCP Perfusion Examination Results)