Cardiovascular Science in Glendale

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Master of Science in Cardiovascular Science (M.S.)

General Requirements

Length of Program

7 continuous quarters including 48 weeks of clinical rotations

Class Size


2017 Class Profile

Professional Career Opportunities

Graduation Rate

For the Class of 2015, 30 students matriculated and 23 students graduated for a 77% graduation rate.

Board Pass Rate (2004-2015)

The percentages below reflect the average percentage pass rate based on first-time test-takers from 2004-2015

MWU Outcomes (2015)

Of the 23 graduated students, 23 are actively employed as perfusionists. This represents a 100% hire percentage. (2015 CVSP Graduate Survey,  May 28, 2015; 100% of graduates responded)

Average National Income-All Perfusionists (2010)

$112,458 (Huckaby, B.: 2009 Salary & Benefits Survey. August 08, 2009.

Admission Requirements


To be considered for admission to the Cardiovascular Science Program, applicants must submit documentation of the following:

  1. Completion of a bachelor's level or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA and science GPA of 2.75 on a scale of 4.00
  3. Completion of the online application for admission
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Completion of the minimum number of prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited college or university. All prerequisites must be completed with a C or better. Grades of C- are not acceptable for any prerequisite courses
  6. Completion of the Program's interview process (by invitation only)
  7. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check
  8. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy

Application Deadline

To be competitive in our rolling admissions process, students should apply as early as possible but no later than June 1st.

Additional Application Information

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Program Description


Program Description

Program graduates are provided with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the demands that will be placed upon them in an ever-changing field where surgical techniques, cardiopulmonary bypass techniques and new technologies are constantly being advanced. 

The 21-month curriculum leading to a Master of Science in Cardiovascular Science degree is a full-time professional program of seven continuous quarters. The program begins with three quarters of didactic and laboratory education at the Glendale, Arizona campus. The student is exposed to clinical medicine during the first three quarters through clinical observation at affiliated hospitals in the Phoenix area.

The summer quarter of the student’s second year begins the four-quarter clinical rotation segment held at various affiliated hospitals located across the country. Relocation during clinical rotations will be necessary. This is a rigorous and demanding program; however, graduates are rewarded with the satisfaction that comes with accomplishment and an excellent start to their professional careers.

Planned Program Improvements

The Cardiovascular Science Program continuously evaluates curriculum and processes to ensure students are receiving appropriate training to adequately prepare them for providing patient care and for certification examinations. Preceptor, alumni, and student evaluations are reviewed and appropriate changes instituted, if necessary. Program improvements for next year include the following:

Definition of a Perfusionist

A perfusionist is a skilled person, qualified by academic and clinical education, who operates extracorporeal circulation equipment during any medical situation where it is necessary to support or temporarily replace the patient's circulatory or respiratory function. The perfusionist is knowledgeable concerning the variety of equipment available to perform extracorporeal circulation functions, and is responsible in consultation with the physician for selecting the appropriate equipment and techniques to be used.

Program Highlights


The Midwestern University Cardiovascular Science Program educates students to be compassionate, competent in behavior skills, clinically proficient and professional members of the cardiac surgery team in the practice of cardiovascular perfusion.

The goals of the program are to:



The Cardiovascular Science Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Committee–Perfusion Education ( The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs is located at 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, phone number 727/210-2350.

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.

Related Links


Cardiovascular Science as a Career

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion

American Heart Association (AHA)

American Lung Association

American Society of Extra-Corporeal Technology (AmSECT)