Courses & Curriculum

Course Descriptions

A full list of course descriptions can be found on theĀ MUSC Bulletin. Courses for the cardiovascular perfusion program are indicated with the prefix CVP.


The CVP curriculum spans 21 consecutive months and consists of didactic and clinical education components. During the first year, students take specific CVP course work which includes: Perfusion Technology I and II, Medical Instrumentation, Computers, Pathophysiology, and Research Methods. Students will complete a research project related to clinical perfusion. CVP students are introduced to the medical care setting in the second semester with clinical observation in the operating room, cardiac catheterization laboratory, and echocardiography labs. The last two semesters are spent primarily in the operating room when students participate in clinical perfusion rotations. 


Year  Semester   Course Credit Hours
1 Fall CVP-700 Clinical Monitoring 3
    CVP-702 Perfusion Technology I   3
    CVP-704 Research Methodology 3
    CVP-706 Perioperative Blood Mgmt 2
Perfusion Technology I Lab  1
    CVP-718 Pathophysiology 5
Clinical Monitoring Lab  1
    IP-711 IP Foundations & Teamstepps 1
    IP-###  IP Concentration Course of Choice 1
      Total Semester Hours 20
1 Spring CVP-703 Perfusion Technology II 3
Perfusion Technology II Lab
    CVP-708 Pathophysiology for Perfusion 4
    CVP-610 Pharmacology for Perfusion 4
    CVP-710 Fundamentals of Clinical Acid 1
    CVP-720 Advanced Pediatric Perfusion   2 
    CVP-770 Masters Research Project II 3
    CVP-716 Seminar I 1
      Total Semester Hours 19
1 Summer CVP-714 Cardiac Assist Devices 2
    CVP-731 Extracorporeal Life Support 1
    CVP-733  Principles and Practices   3 
    CVP-733L  Principles and Practices Lab   1 
    CVP-771 Masters Research Project III 3
    CVP-760 Clinical Experience I 6
    CVP-722 Perfusion Simulation 2
      Total Semester Hours 18
2 Fall CVP-724 Quality Improvement and Inform 2
    CVP-762 Clinical Experience II A 6
    CVP-763 Clinical Experience II B 6
      Total Semester Hours 14
2 Spring CVP-728 Leadership and Health Services 2
    CVP-764 Clinical Experience III A 6
    CVP-765 Clinical Experience III B (track in leadership, pediatrics perfusion or cardiac assist) 6
      Total Semester Hours 14
    Total Credit Hours 85