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Frequently Asked Questions

Applying to the Program

About the Program

Describe the composition of your class.
The current CVP class is comprised of 15 students.

  • Average cumulative GPA = 3.3
  • Average prerequisite GPA = 3.5
  • Average age = 25

Each student completes an average of 120 clinical cases prior to graduation.

Do I need a degree before I enter the program?
Yes, you do need a bachelors degree prior to enrolling in the CVP program. As well you are required to have the 60 hours of prerequisite course work.

When should I take the GRE and what are the scores you are looking for?
The GRE is required to be taken. You should take the GRE no later than 8 weeks before the application deadline. We no longer accept the SAT or ACT.

What is your policy if I have retaken a prerequisite course?
We will take the higher grade earned and use it for the Key Prerequisite GPA. While both grades will still be factored into your cumulative GPA, the advantage of your higher earned grade will be used to raise your Key Prerequisite GPA.

Do all of the prerequisites need to be completed before I apply, or before I would enter the program?
You may continue to work on the completion of prerequisites after submission of your application; however, all prerequisites must be complete at the time of enrollment in classes at MUSC.

Are there interviews, and if so, how do I prepare for an interview?
Yes, there are interviews for select candidates. Questions are similar to those asked in a job interview. You should dress professionally and have a general understanding of the field of perfusion. This can be achieved by reviewing perfusion websites and talking to perfusionists.

Do applicants have to work or volunteer in a perfusion setting prior to applying?
No. While it is beneficial to be familiar with medical terminology and practices, it is not required. Strong candidates will have completed volunteer activities and/or worked within a medical setting to establish their familiarity with the field. Shadowing a practicing perfusionist prior to applying to the program is required. Download form

When does the program start and end?
The CVP program starts in late August each year and ends in early May (21 months later).

What is the clinical component of the program?
Very early in the curriculum, students are exposed to the clinical setting and are given opportunities for simulated experiences in the CVP simulated operating room. Students are working cases with their supervising faculty in the OR the final three semesters of the program. Students are also required to attend two outside clinical rotations, where they work under faculty supervision at an outside hospital. Clinical rotation sites are located throughout the country.

What is the success rate of the MUSC graduates on the national certification exam (American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion Exam)?

Over the past 10 years, the first-time pass rate is >95%.

Is it possible to work while in the program?
Since the CVP program is full-time, students are expected to devote their full attention to their studies; employment is not encouraged.


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