Perfusionist – FAQ

What Is A Perfusionist?

A perfusionist is a highly trained specialist that operates the cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) system, also known as the Heart-Lung Machine. The perfusionist is also involved in many other extracorporeal, or outside of the body, therapies like ECMO and AngioVac.

How Much Do Perfusionists Make A Year?

A new graduate can expect between 85,000 to 100,000 and a 20-year veteran can earn 140,000 or more. The perfusionist salary can fluctuate because of location, caseload, acuity, and academia or private practice.

What Degree Do You Need To Be A Perfusionist?

A minimum of a 4-year degree is required. Programs for perfusionists offer certification, master’s degrees and even Ph.D. in perfusion technology.

What Is The Role Of A Perfusionist?

A perfusionist is a highly trained specialist that operates the cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) system, also known as the Heart-Lung Machine. The perfusionist is also involved in many other extracorporeal, or outside of the body, therapies like ECMO and AngioVac.

Can A Nurse Become A Perfusionist?

Many nurses and Respiratory Therapists become perfusionists. Nursing experience, especially the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) experience is very helpful in understanding perfusion training concepts.