Perfusion Technology

As a perfusionist, you will be responsible for managing circulatory and respiratory functions of a patient during surgery to allow the cardiac surgeon to focus on the surgical procedure.

What does a Perfusionist do?

A perfusionist is a healthcare professional who uses the cardiopulmonary bypass machine during cardiac surgery and other surgeries to artificially support and temporarily replace a patient's respiratory and circulatory systems. They have to manage the physiological and metabolic needs of the cardiac surgical patient.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Assemble components of the heart-lung machine and make sure that it works perfectly
  • Checked Help prepare patients for surgery using cardiovascular monitoring techniques
  • Checked Use devices that assist the functioning of a failing heart to keep a patient alive until surgery can be done or use such devices after surgery to support circulation until the heart regains its strength
  • Checked Administer drugs that stop the patient’s heart after the machine is connected so as to take over the function
  • Checked Adjust the equipment as needed to ensure proper blood pressure and flow to keep a patient alive during open heart surgery
  • Checked Help restart a patient’s heart after cardiac surgery or stabilize an irregular heartbeat using electrical pacemakers or defibrillating devices
  • Checked Rush to meet emergency requirements for supporting critically ill cardiac patients in transit in ambulances from distant areas to medical facilities where specialized heart surgeries are done

How to become a Perfusionist?

Step 1
Take Science stream with Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Studying Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English at the 10+2 level and securing a good aggregate percentage is essential for admission to an undergraduate course in Perfusion Technology.

Step 2
Take BSc Perfusion Technology

A BSc degree in Perfusion technology makes you eligible to pursue a career as a perfusionist in hospitals. The course duration is 3 years followed by 6 months to 1 year of internship

Step 3
Take MSc Perfusion Technology

After completing a BSc in Perfusion Technology, you can take a postgraduate degree in Perfusion technology which will also make you eligible to be an instructor in institutions of Perfusion Technology.


Certain institutions allow you to take up MSc in Perfusion technology after doing a BSc in Botany or Zoology.


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Perfusion Technology Colleges

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

India (For admission into MSc Perfusion Technology at AIIMS Delhi)

  • B.Sc. with Biology (Botany & or Zoology) OR .Sc. in Perfusion Technology from a recognised University with at least 60% marks in aggregate
  • Should clear AIIMS MSc Entrance Examination with a minimum cut off of 50th Percentile

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Foreign (For admission into MSc Cardiovascular Perfusion at Long Island University, USA)

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 system. (CGPA/Percentage from Indian Universities needs to be converted to the US 4.0 system)


    Undergraduate courses that must have included:

    1. 2 semesters of college biology (8 credits)
    2. 2 semesters of anatomy and physiology (8 credits)
    3. 2 semesters of college chemistry (8 credits)
    4. 2 semesters of college math (6 credits)
    5. 1 semester of college physics (4 credits)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • IELTS minimum combined average score of 6.5 (out of 9.0)


    TOEFL minimum score of 79 (out of a total score of 120)

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Requirements for masters in perfusion technology

Attention to detail

Setting up the Heart Lung machine is a crucial task to be done with great attention to detail.

Presence of mind

Should be able to observe small changes in events, evaluate them in rapid sequence, and think clearly in a highly volatile situation.

Self confidence

Perfusionists have to be brave and believe in themselves and their training, as they have to take up tremendous responsibilities during their job.

Team work

They have to work well with other people since they work as a team with a surgeon, anesthesiologist and other staff in an operation theatre.

Stress-management skills

Working in an operating room under critical conditions can be stressful. A perfusionist should be able to work efficiently under pressure.

Physical stamina

Perfusionists should be able to remain alert and active for extended periods while assisting in long surgical procedures.


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