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 and provide practical, hands-on training. Our students come from the cardiac field with the passion and work experience to succeed at 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 how and when to apply.
Cardiovascular perfusionists are integral members of an expert cardiac surgical team. See Graduating and Jobs to learn more.
The program costs summary pdf for Cardiovascular Perfusion is currently being revised. For reference only: 2012 Tuition fees and textbook costs [PDF]
In addition face respirator fit testing: approx $25 per year; annual re-fitting required.
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Students learn to use reason, analysis, calculations, problem solving, critical thinking, and other learning skills to acquire knowledge, and to 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, students are 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 all learners will receive their 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 the professional association website to learn more about the work perfusionists do and to find career opportunities:
Saverio Spada, BCIT Contract Instructor
Chief of Perfusion, VGH
Neil D Casey, BCIT Contract Instructor
Chief of Perfusion, BCCH / PHSA
Dr. Calvin Wan
Cardiac Surgery, FRCSC
Note: The program advisory committee is currently under review.
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