Perfusionists operate the cardiopulmonary bypass machine during open-heart surgery, coronary artery bypass, heart and lung transplantation, congenital defect repairs, and valve replacements. Perfusionists are also involved in new cancer chemotherapy techniques called isolated organ perfusion.

Carlow's perfusion technology program is the only one of its kind in western Pennsylvania, one of only 21 programs in North America and the oldest in the nation.


Bachelors of Science in Biology: Certificate in Perfusion Technology

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Locations: Main Oakland Campus


BIO-205 : Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO-206 : Anatomy and Physiology II

A set of two courses designed for the biology major preparing for careers in perfusion technology, the health professions, or forensic science. These comprehensive courses cover the anatomical structure of all major systems of the body and the physiological and homeostatic mechanism that are associated with their functions.

BIO-339 Pharmacology

A one-semester course designed to provide the biology major with an in-depth understanding of the pharmacologic principles regarding particular medical issues. Receptor mechanisms are applied as they relate to the therapeutic application of drugs and the major side effects and adverse reactions of commonly used drugs. Descriptions of drugs classified as autonomic, central nervous system, cardiovascular, endocrine, and chemotherapeutic agents are studied.

PRT-481 : Pulmonary Physiology

A review of respiratory physiology with emphasis on gas exchange and transport, acid-base balance, the effects of cardiopulmonary bypass on pulmonary function, and the clinical treatment of respiratory failure.

note: this is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website.