The BCIT Cardiovascular Perfusion program is one of only three of its kind in Canada. A Cardiac perfusionist is a key member of a highly specialized surgical team. Cardiovascular perfusionists work in operating rooms, providing life-saving support to patients undergoing heart surgery. It’s a serious job, and our graduates are ready.
At BCIT, we believe in real life experience. We provide practical, hands-on training to ensure you get the experience you need to succeed. Our students come from the cardiac field with the passion and work experience to take on this intensive program.
Visit Program Details for more information on our program structure and clinical rotation.
This program is for certified respiratory therapists, critical care nurses, cardiac professionals or related degree graduates, who:
Interested in working in this specialized field of cardiac care? Program Entry to find out if this program is right for you.
Cardiovascular perfusionists are integral members of an expert cardiac surgical team. See Graduating and Jobs to learn more.
Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View BCIT programs that do.
Face respirator fit testing: approx $25 per year, annual re-fitting required.
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You will learn to use reason, analysis, calculations, problem solving, critical thinking, and other learning skills to acquire knowledge, comprehend, and synthesize complex situations. Students must be prepared for achieving and maintaining a high level of knowledge and clinical competence, as well as having a distinct awareness of the consequence of error in judgment and/or skill. Under supervision the students will be assessed on how safely and effectively they work in often stressful situations.
Clinical site rotations are assigned using student input and a computer program to generate assignments. Although student input is used for site assignments, there is no guarantee that you will receive your preferred placements. The hospitals listed below will provide clinical placements:
As the need for cardiovascular and open-heart surgeries increases, jobs are opening up across Canada for cardiovascular perfusionists. Many of our grads are offered work in their sponsored hospitals after they graduate.
Students graduate as cardiovascular perfusionists ready to work as members of cardiac surgical teams in hospital operating rooms. Positions start at approximately $42 per hour.
Visit our professional associations to learn more about the work we do and career opportunities:
Neil D Casey
Chief of Perfusion, BCCH / PHSA
MBA, BSc Kinesiology
Canadian Certified Perfusionist, Respiratory Therapist
Chief of Perfusion, Royal Columbian Hospital
Dr. Calvin Wan
Cardiac Surgery, FRCSC
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