Texas Tech University


While Texas Tech University does not offer a designation or degree in perfusion, we do assist students with exploring, preparing for, and applying to programs in that discipline.

A perfusionist, also known as a clinical perfusionist or a cardiovascular perfusionist, is a specialized healthcare professional who uses the heart–lung machine during cardiac and other surgeries that require cardiopulmonary bypass to manage the patient's physiological status.

The perfusionist is a highly trained member of the cardiothoracic surgical team which consists of cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists, physician assistants, surgical technologists, and nurses. The perfusionist is solely responsible for the management of the physiological and metabolic needs of the cardiac surgical patient, so that the cardiac surgeon may operate on a still, unbeating heart.

Learn more about perfusion here.

You can find information on accredited perfusion program here.