MUSC Q & A

Commonly Asked Questions

to the present situation with MUSC

In a bid to assist understanding the current circumstances and potential course with the Medical University of Southern Carolina, the ABCP have put together a Questions and Answer style page to assist everyone’s understanding.
Please email abcp@anzcp.org with any further questions or concerns.

Since the 1990’s Perfusionists have studied the ‘Structured Course in Clinical Perfusion’ which is administered by the ABCP.  Between 2006 and 2011, a Masters course at Swinburne University enabled Perfusionists to gain a higher degree. However, due to low numbers, the course was discontinued.

The ANZCP and ABCP believe that a Master’s level degree ensures Perfusionists are educated to a level that suits the requirements of the profession.

After discussing the course needs with Universities in Australasia, it was apparent that a low number of students (usually 3 – 5 per year) would not be viable.  MUSC plans to take students from other countries in the future to keep the course viable.

September 2022 will be the first intake for the MUSC course.  There will only be 1 intake per academic year and we will follow the northern hemisphere academic dates (September to June).

25,000USD. Approximately 33,000AUD or 36,000NZD.  (Current as of June 2021)

The course will run over 5 semesters taking around 21 months.  Year 1 has 3 semesters and Year 2 will have 2 semesters.

No.  On completion of the MSc course, candidates will be eligible to sit the ABCP Board Exams.  Candidates will need to pass both the MSc and Board exams to become certified.

Applicants to the MUSC Perfusion Program require a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 from a US University (Scale 0-4 GPA). In Australia this is equivalent to a GPA of 5.0 and in New Zealand, a ’B’ grade average at undergraduate level. Head of Departments are urged to keep this GPA in mind when hiring staff, as they must satisfy the MUSC entrance criteria to commence the course.

Undergraduate course transcripts will be assessed by MUSC for eligibility. The current Master’s in Cardiovascular Perfusion (from which the new course is derived), requires a Batchelor’s degree.

No.  The course is aimed at international students and isn’t accredited by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion.

Provisional course content is shown in the table below:

Curriculum by Year

Course Name

Credit Hours

Course Name

Credit Hours

Course Name

Credit Hours

Year 1

Fall

Spring

Summer

CVP-700 Clinical Monitoring

3

Pathophysiology for Perfusion

4

Principles and Practices of Perfusion

4

Perfusion Technology I

3

Perfusion Technology II

3

Cardiac Assist Devices

2

Pathophysiology

4

Fundamentals of Acid/Base

2

Extracorporeal Life Support

1

 

 

 

 

Research Methodology

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Semester Hours

10

Total Semester Hours

9

Total Semester Hours

10

Year 2

Fall

Spring

Summer

Research Methodology II

3

Advanced Pediatric Perfusion

2

 

 

Perioperative Blood Management

2

Research Methodology III

3

 

 

IP Foundations

1

Pharmacology for Perfusion

4

 

 

Quality Improvement & Informatics

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Semester Hours

8

Total Semester Hours

9

Total Semester Hours

 

Yes.  Course content will be delivered as an e-learning format.

The Board will continue to explore course alternatives in Australia, with the aim to have a locally delivered course
in the future, however, this is currently not a viable option due to our low annual enrolment numbers. As there is
still much fine-tuning to do, we endeavour to keep you updated throughout the progress and welcome any input
from members

Here’s a link to MUSC’s resident Master’s course in Cardiovascular Perfusion :

https://chp.musc.edu/academics/cvp

Contact the ABCP for further information at abcp@anzcp.org