The Structured Course in Clinical Perfusion (SCiCP) consists of 12 standardised modules (including a research project) which serve to ensure that perfusion education and training is delivered in a standard fashion throughout the accredited training hospitals in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. It is completed over a two or three year period via distance education. Entry to the course is restricted to non-certified perfusionists or trainee perfusionists employed by accredited hospitals or private perfusion groups in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. Entry requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Science or equivalent (as determined by the ABCP).
Perfusion Course (SCiCP) Details
The Structured Course in Clinical Perfusion was launched in 2012.
Entry to the course is restricted to non-certified perfusionists or trainee perfusionists employed by accredited hospitals or private perfusion groups in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong who have a Bachelor’s Degree in Science or equivalent (as deemed by the ABCP).
There are three terms per year each of 11 weeks duration, with an exam for each module at the end of the term. The ABCP will be providing PowerPoint presentations for some of the subjects, and providing students with a manual that has a clear set of learning objectives, outcomes, goals and references for each module.
- Introduction to Perfusion
- General Sciences
(Chemistry, Physics and basic electronics and electrical safety)
- Perfusion Equipment
- Techniques and Technology
- Clinical Application of Bypass Techniques
- Research Project*
- Mechanical Circulatory Support
- Paediatric Perfusion
*Terms 4 and 5
- Research Project
- Logbook of 200 Clinical Cases
*The research project can start at the beginning of term 4 and finish at the end of term 5 – and so is likely to take most of the year. It will comprise and involve one of the following:
- Original clinical research
- Clinical Audit
- Literature Review
If the student and their unit has access to a lab and equipment the Board would be happy for them to pursue a topic of their choosing. If however they do not, or don’t wish to they can either submit a clinical audit, or a literature review.
All the research topics will need to be approved by the ABCP. Students will be required to submit a progress report on their research project at the end of semester four. Final assessment of the project will occur when the student presents their research project at the ANZCP Annual Scientific Meeting following completion of their project.