Program description

Selected students are accepted into the Cardiovascular Perfusionist Clinical Rotation at Mayo Clinic through the Cardiovascular Science Program at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona.

Clinical rotations begin at the end of the third quarter of your didactic education and consist of a three- to six-month direct and indirect experience-based curriculum. Only three students are selected to clinically rotate each school year through an application process.

You receive hands-on learning in the operating room, as well as lectures on an assortment of perfusion-related topics.

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences coordinates student processing and orientation for each student. Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences also has educational seminars and classes that students may take during their clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences ensures a high standard of quality for each educational practice at Mayo Clinic.

This clinical rotation program prepares students for a career as a certified clinical perfusionist (CCP).


The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs certified the Cardiovascular Science Program at Midwestern University to be in full compliance with the nationally established standards. Students are eligible to take the first of two national certifying examinations upon graduation.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Affiliated institution

To complete a rotation with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, you must be enrolled in Midwestern University's Cardiovascular Science Program in Glendale, Arizona, and selected by the program director of the cardiovascular perfusion clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic Hospital.

For more information or to enroll in the program, contact:

  • Midwestern University
    • Cardiovascular Science Program
      Glendale Campus
      19555 North 59th Ave.
      Glendale, AZ 85308
    • Phone: 623-572-3200
    • Phone (admissions): 623-572-3215 or 888-247-9277 (toll-free)
    • Email: admissaz@midwestern.edu


Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix performs thousands of surgeries each year, ranging from straightforward and routine to emergent and highly complex.

Heart procedures at Mayo Clinic Hospital — part of Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona — include complex open-heart surgery for a coronary artery bypass graft or valve repair, heart transplantation, ventricular assist devices, maze procedures, isolated limb perfusion, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, and ascending aortic aneurysms or dissections. The vast number and types of cardiovascular surgeries, in combination with our highly educated faculty, make Mayo an ideal setting for you to receive your cardiovascular perfusion education.

The state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Hospital in northeast Phoenix has 200-plus beds. The hospital opened in 1998 and is the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. It has been recognized several times by Phoenix magazine as the "Best Hospital in Phoenix."

Candidates accepted into the clinical rotation at Mayo Clinic Hospital gain valuable experience with patients in various hospital settings, including the operating room, intensive care unit and cardiovascular progressive care unit. The perfusion staff members pride themselves in working as a team, not just with each other but with all hospital personnel.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the Cardiovascular Perfusionist Clinical Rotation, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences at the Midwestern University graduation banquet. After completing your perfusion rotations, you receive a master's degree from Midwestern University.

Graduates of accredited perfusion programs are eligible to sit for the first part of the national certification examination given by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion. There is also a minimum requirement of performing 50 perfusion cases post-graduation in order to sit for the second part of the examination.

The two-part examination is divided into the basic science written examination and the clinical applications of perfusion examination. Upon successful completion, you are considered a CCP. Continuing education hours are required every three years in order to maintain certification, and a clinical report is required annually.


For the majority of the rotation, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week. You take call every other weekend.

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences accepts up to three students from Midwestern University for perfusion rotations at Mayo Clinic Hospital. This ensures the student will receive close one-on-one instruction, a comprehensive educational experience and a variety of cases.

Dec. 18, 2014