VUMC Perfusion Program

Entrance Requirements

The admissions committee reviews all applications for assurance that each candidate meets the minimum requirements for entrance as found below. In addition, our committee finds value in:

  • Personal Ambition
  • Commitment to Learning
  • Attention to Detail
  • Passion for Professional Excellence


  • Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university
  • 3 credit hours of the following courses:
    • Anatomy and/or Physiology
    • General Biology
    • General Chemistry
    • Mathematics (College Algebra or Higher)
    • Physics
    • Biochemistry or Microbiology or Organic Chemistry or Inorganic Chemistry
    • One credit hour or more of Medical Terminology is REQUIRED, regardless of previous work experience.
  • A cumulative and science grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for entry.
  • Previous healthcare experience is strongly preferred but is not required to apply for this program
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language test (TOEFL) is only required for overseas students. A total TOEFL score of at least 88, on the internet-based version, 570 on the paper-based version, and 230 on the computer-based version must be achieved.
  • Applicants with pre-requisite course work from an institution, which does not have English as it's primary language of instruction, must have an official, detailed evaluation of their coursework sent to the program from the World Education Services (WES). International applicants that do not provide official documentation of acceptable US or Canadian course and degree equivalency will not be considered during the application process.

Interviews require a minimum of 2 hours of the applicants time and are conducted in January of each year.

The general academic requirements for all perfusion education programs are established by the Accreditation Committee for Perfusion Education (AC-PE), which organization is responsible for the initial and continuing evaluation of all perfusion education programs. The AC-PE is accredited to so operate pursuant authority granted by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

CAAHEP's web site is located at: http://www.caahep.org/, and a listing of all perfusion education programs, as well as all accredited allied health programs can be found on that site.

The AC-PE's web site is located at http://www.ac-pe.org/, and a current version of the Standards and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Perfusionist can be found on that site, including minimal admission requirements.


Upon acceptance, students must provide written documentation of the following:

  • Two (2) negative TB skin tests within the past 12 months with the most recent being within the past three (3) months. If history of a positive skin test is present, a chest x-ray within the past 6 months will be necessary.
  • If born on or after January 1, 1957: two (2) live measles vaccinations after the 1st birthday at least one month apart OR MMR vaccination since 1989 OR laboratory evidence of immunity to rubella.
  • Laboratory evidence of MMR vaccination or immunity to rubella
  • Laboratory evidence of MMR vaccination or immunity to mumps
  • Laboratory evidence of immunity to varicella (chickenpox) or immunization series
  • Hepatitis B immunization (series of 3 injections), immunization series in progress or informed refusal of immunization
  • Tetanus/Diptheria booster within the past 10 years is recommended, but not required

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