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Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology

Course Information

Students in the Cardiovascular Perfusion Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center experience twenty-two (22) consecutive months of clinical and didactic training leading to a certificate in cardiovascular perfusion technology.  The following is a list of expected course work during the training period.  Full course descriptions can be seen below. 
 

 

FALL SEMESTER - FIRST YEAR (August through December)
A & P 501:      Anatomy and Physiology

PHM 501:       Pharmacology

Patho 501:     Pathophysiology

CVPT 501:     Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology I

RES 501:       Research Lab I

Sim 501:        Simulation I


SPRING SEMESTER - FIRST YEAR (January through July)
CVPT 502:     Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology II
RES 502:       Research Lab II

CR 501:         Clinical Rotation I
Sim 502:        Simulation II


FALL SEMESTER - SECOND YEAR (August through December)

CVPT 503:     Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology III

RES 503:       Research Lab III

CR 502:         Clinical Rotation II

Sim 503:        Simulation III


SPRING SEMESTER - SECOND YEAR (January through May)

CVPT 503:     Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology IV

RES 504        Research Lab IV

CR 503          Clinical Rotations III

Sim 504:        Simulation IV

 

 

Course Descriptions:

 

Anatomy and Physiology (A and P 501)

This course provides the entry-level perfusion student with a detailed overview of specific areas of human anatomy and physiology: cardiac, vascular, renal, and respiratory.  Emphasis is placed on the application of these areas as it applies to cardiovascular and perfusion technology.  The student will be provided with a basis for understanding the complex interaction of the patient with the mechanisms of extracorporeal circulation or applications of techniques utilizing modes of perfusion in the treatment of different disease states. Course work will include both class time and observations within the surgical suite, cardiac cath, as well as on the patient cardiovascular intensive care units.  Offered in the Fall Semester.

 

Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology I (CVPT 501)

This course introduces the entry-level perfusion student to fundamental development perfusion techniques through theoretical and practical applications. Students will examine the relationship between blood flow within and outside the body and the cardiovascular devices utilized to facilitate extracorporeal circulation.  The student will be presented with the history, basic components, equipment, physiological monitoring and measurement, priming components and physiology as related to extracorporeal perfusion. Students will rotate through different areas of the Vanderbilt University Hospital to gain an understanding of the therapies and diagnostic testing a cardiac patient is exposed to during the treatment of their disease state.  Offered in Fall Semester.

 

Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology II (CVPT 502)

This course will build upon the fundamental principles taught in CVPT I.  The course will expand upon a few of the fundamental principles and introduce new areas where perfusion techniques are utilized. Students will demonstrate the understanding of perfusion policies and procedures and the ability to complete a perfusion plan based on specific patients.  The student will be introduce to transplantation techniques for the heart, heart-lung, lung, and liver, cerebral perfusion techniques, embryology of the cardiac and vascular system, cardiac assist devices and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.  Offered in the Spring Semester.

Prerequisites: Sim 501, Path 501, CVPT 501, PHM 501, RES 501

 

Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology III (CVPT 503)

This course will continue to build upon the fundamental principles taught in CVPT I and II. This course will expand upon the fundamental principles while incorporating new areas of perfusion technology. The student will be introduced to special patient management, laboratory measurements, blood management therapies and special applications of perfusion techniques.  Offered in Fall Semester.

Prerequisites: Sim 502, CVPT 502, RES 502

 

Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology I (CVPT 504)

This course will focus on the professional development of entry level perfusion student.  The student will be introduced the development of professional portfolio (CV and cover letter), interviewing for a job, medical ethics, emergency preparedness as it relates to being a medical professional, quality measures, management techniques, and an extensive review of pharmacology and pathophysiology. Offered in the Spring Semester.

Prerequisites: Sim 503, CVPT 503, RES 503

 

Clinical Rotation I (CR 501)

This course is the first clinical rotation the student will have during their course of study.  The student will be introduced to the policies and procedures of the perfusion departments of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carell Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University.  The course provides the student with an introduction to the preparation and management of cardiopulmonary bypass and extracorporeal circulation procedures under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor. The student will apply their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology into the assessment of the patient in order to develop a management plan for the patient undergoing cardiac surgery. The student will begin to assist in the operation and management of the cardiopulmonary bypass circuit and will progress through the semester to establish the ability to function in the primary role under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor. The student will be rotating “on call” responsibilities during the week and weekend with their colleagues. Offered in the Fall Semester.

Prerequisites: Sim 501, Path 501, CVPT 501, PHM 501, RES 501

 

Clinical Rotation II (CR 502)

This course is the second clinical rotation the student will have during their course of study.  The student will be introduced to policies and procedures of outside rotations in addition to rotations on campus.  The student will continue to review the diagnostic work-up procedures and apply their knowledge to develop a management plan for the patient undergoing cardiac surgery.  The course provides a clinical experience in which the student can consistently perform the primary role in the management of cardiopulmonary bypass and extracorporeal circulation procedures under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor.  The student will continue to be evaluated in their development of operative surgical management of cardiopulmonary bypass and other extracorporeal perfusion related management skills. The student will be rotating “on call” responsibilities during the week and weekend with their colleagues. Offered in the Spring Semester.

Prerequisites: Sim 502, CVPT 502, RES 502

 

Clinical Rotation III (CR 503)

This course is the third clinical rotation the student will have during their course of study.  The student will show competency in all areas of preparation and management of procedures in perfusion techniques are employed. This course provides the clinical experience in which the student can exhibit advanced management of cardiopulmonary bypass and extracorporeal circulation procedures. Although the student is always under the direct supervision, it is the expectation of this course that the student perform at a level as though unsupervised.  The student will be rotating “on call” responsibilities during the week and weekend with their colleagues. Offered in the Fall Semester.

Prerequisites: Sim 503, CVPT 503, RES 503

 

Pathophysiology (Path 501)

This course is designed to provide the entry level perfusion student with a course linking anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and the application of perfusion practice.  The course will provide the detailed foundation and skills that are necessary to understand the interplay between the science of extracorporeal technology and the pathophysiologic considerations that play a role in the initiation, maintenance, and termination of extracorporeal circulatory support. Students will understand the basic diagnostic principles involved in determining the nature and extent of the disease process necessitating surgical intervention. Both acquired and congenital heart disease processes will be examined, as well as other pathologies that may present in conjunction with the use of extracorporeal equipment. The course is divided into three pathophysiology sections:  blood and coagulation, acquired heart disease, and congenital heart disease.   Offered in the Fall Semester.

 

Pharmacology (PHM 501)

This course provides the entry-level perfusion student with an emphasis of the overview of cardiovascular pharmacology, to act as a basis for the understanding of the interactions of pharmacologic agents with the cardiac patient.  The fundamental principles of pharmacology necessary for an understanding of the mechanisms of action of drugs and knowledge of their rational and effective and monitoring are presented.  The student is introduced to the management coagulation cascade and platelet aggregation as it relates to the cardiac patient. Offered in the Fall Semester.

 

Research Lab I (RES 501)

This course introduces the entry-level perfusion student to circuit components and basic laboratory experiments to reinforce the understanding of circuit components and their specifications.  The student will be introduced to writing lab reports and presenting their results.

 

Research Lab II (RES 502)

This course provides the student with the fundamental knowledge required to develop and publish scientific articles within the field of perfusion.   The students will introduced to evidence based medicine, literature reviews, randomized and observational studies, the techniques to blind studies, specific aims and how to critique the literature. Student will develop a research hypothesis as through the completion of a literature review.  Offered in the Spring Semester. Prerequisites: Sim 501, Path 501, CVPT 501, PHM 501, RES 501

 

Research Lab III (RES 503)

This course provides the student with ability to develop their manuscript/research project.  The focus of this course will on the development of their materials and methods and data collection for their project

Offered in the Fall Semester. Prerequisites: Sim 502, CVPT 502, RES 502

 

Research Lab IV (RES 504)

This course will focus on the completion of the required manuscript for satisfaction of the program.  The student will be required to meet manuscript deadlines to demonstrate progression towards completion of their manuscript. Offered in the Spring Semester.

Prerequisites: Sim 503, CVPT 503, RES 503

 

Simulation I (Sim 501)

This course prepares the perfusion student for clinical experience as it relates to the identification of circuit components, circuit set-up, and priming of the cardiopulmonary bypass circuit. The instructor is able to focus on the student’s development of the psychomotor skills and the application of circuit components.  Each student is able to develop their knowledge in circuit design and operation in and environment that promotes confidence in their abilities. Offered in the Fall Semester.

 

Simulation II (Sim 502)

This course builds upon the skills acquired in Sim 501 and prepares the perfusion student for clinical experience as it relates to the preparation of the circuit for a specific patient, pre-pump procedures (sterile procedure, retrograde autologous priming, and anticoagulation management), initiation of cardiopulmonary bypass, management of cardiopulmonary bypass (anticoagulation, volume management, myocardial preservation, acid base management, and hemodynamic management), venous return and arterial line low occurrence events, and termination of cardiopulmonary bypass.  The instructor is able to focus on the student’s development of the psychomotor skills, clinical management skills, and the application of conceptual knowledge.  Each student is able to develop their knowledge and clinical skills in environment that promotes confidence in their abilities. Offered in the Spring Semester.

Prerequisites: Sim 501, Path 501, CVPT 501, PHM 501, RES 501

 

Simulation III (Sim 503)

This course builds upon the skills acquired in Sim 502. The student is required to continue to demonstrate competency in the skills acquired in Sim 502 with the additional exposure to both common events and uncommon events as they relate to cardiopulmonary bypass management.  The student is introduced to catastrophic management protocols.  The instructor is able to focus on the student’s development of the psychomotor skills, clinical management skills, and the application of conceptual knowledge.  Each student is able to develop their knowledge and clinical skills in environment that promotes confidence in their abilities. Offered in the Fall Semester.

Prerequisites: Sim 502, CVPT 502,  RES 502


Simulation IV (Sim 504)

This course builds upon the skills acquired in Sim 503. The student is required to continue to demonstrate competency in the skills acquired in Sim 503 with the additional exposure to both common events and uncommon events as they relate to cardiopulmonary bypass management with the utilization of a centrifugal arterial pump. The student is introduced to catastrophic management protocols.  The instructor is able to focus on the student’s development of the psychomotor skills, clinical management skills, and the application of conceptual knowledge.  Each student is able to develop their knowledge and clinical skills in environment that promotes confidence in their abilities. Offered in the Spring Semester.

Prerequisites: Sim 503, CVPT 503, RES 503

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