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


Admission to the UI Hospitals and Clinics Perfusion Technology Program is competitive. Admission is determined by committee and is based on grade point average, references, application essay, and interviews. We typically accept 3-5 students per year with GPAs ranging from 2.9-4.0.

The applicant must have a Bachelor's degree which includes:

  • 9 semester hours of Chemistry with Biochemistry or Organic
  • 3 semester hours of Biostatistics
  • 5 semester hours of Precalculus Mathematics
  • 4 semester hours of Physics
  • 7 semester hours of Human Anatomy and Physiology

The material required for a complete application will include:

For expedited processing and review we strongly suggest the following be submitted electronically to

  1. Application form [.pdf document] – To view and fill out this form you need adobe reader; PLEASE DO NOT USE APPLE PREVIEW TO FILL OUT FORMS Get Adobe Reader
  2. One page essay describing why you chose perfusion technology as a career and your future plans as a perfusionist (can be emailed in Word format)
  3. Prerequisite courses form [.pdf document]
  4. Passport-size photo

The following items may be sent by mail to:

Perfusion Technology Program
UI Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
200 Hawkins Dr. SE545 GH
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1062
  • Official college transcripts
  • Applicant reference forms [.pdf document] X 3
  • Application fee ($50 due with application, make check payable to The University of Iowa Perfusion Technology Program)
  • Documentation of clinical observation [.pdf document] - To gain insight into the perfusion profession we strongly recommend you document having seen at least one cardiopulmonary bypass case. If this is not possible, interview a clinical perfusionist and ask about the following:
    • 1. Call responsibilities / Quality of life
    • 2. Clinical responsibilities
    • 3. Unique stresses perfusionists face
    • 4. Job outlook
    • Be prepared to discuss your findings at an interview

Application Deadline

  • Regular admission: due by January 1
  • First consideration is given to on-time applicants. Applications submitted after January 1st are processed on a space available basis.

Late applications will be accepted thru June 1

Interview Dates

  • Regular admission: February
  • Late admission: June

Interview Information

Acceptances Offered

  • Regular admission: March/April
  • Late admission: July
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