Perfusion Technology Program
UI Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
200 Hawkins Dr. SE545 GH
Iowa City, IA 52242-1062
Tel: 319-356-8496
Fax: 319-353-7174

Thomas E. Rath MPS, CCP
Program Director
Perfusion Technology Education Program
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Jean Fobian BA

Perfusion Technology

The Perfusion Technology Education Program started at Iowa in 1992. Our graduates are now spread across the country working in private hospitals as well as academic institutions. Our educational program starts with two semesters of intensive academic preparation and lab work taught by clinical perfusionists and university professors. This is followed by three semesters of clinical education conducted exclusively at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Students learn at their own pace while working one-on-one during regular hours and on call with our six staff perfusionists. Since we are a large university run tertiary care center, students gain valuable experience with a variety of clinical procedures, both adult and pediatric, including hearts, transplants, VADS and ECMO. After completion of the 20-month post-baccalaureate program, our graduates receive a certificate and are eligible for employment by hospitals, surgeons, and private contracting corporations.

The College of Medicine has three inextricably linked missions: education, research and service. The College aspires to be responsive to the needs of society, and in particular the citizens of Iowa, through the excellence of its educational programs in the health professions and biomedical sciences, by the outstanding quality of its research and through the provision of innovative and comprehensive health care and other services.

What is perfusion?



The practice of perfusion is defined as those functions necessary for the support, treatment, measurement, or supplementation of the cardiopulmonary and circulatory system of the patient. 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 replace the patient's cardiopulmonary/circulatory function and ensures the proper management of physiologic functions by monitoring the necessary variables.

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.

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