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Special Programs

One of the primary mission statements of Cleveland Clinic is “to provide further education to those who serve.” Cleveland Clinic offers a variety of special courses to:

  • Meet the specialized needs of the Sydell and Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute
  • Enhance Quality of Care to Patients
  • Improve Outcomes

Cleveland Clinic sponsors both in-house and affiliated physician and allied health programs and courses:

Cardiovascular Perfusion is an allied health profession. Perfusionists use heart-lung machines and other technologies to maintain the health of patients during heart surgery and other medical procedures.

Employment as a perfusionist starts with national Certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion. In some states a license is also required.

Cleveland Clinic's School of Cardiovascular Perfusion provides a complete and CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) accredited program leading to Certification. This is not an affiliated program, the course is offered by Cleveland Clinic's Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute.

Cardiovascular Surgery

This three-term program is devoted to perfusion-specific clinical experience and clinical classes. Admission is open to applicants who have completed their Bachelors' Degree and have taken the following prerequisite classes:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Calculus
  • Organic or Biochemistry
  • Physics
»Cardiovascular Perfusionist Program Prerequisites
  • Cleveland Clinic accepts only well qualified individuals. A Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree from an accredited University and (or including) the following courses:
  • Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, College Math (Pre-calculus Math), Microbiology (or Pathology of Infectious Disease), Pharmacology (Pharmacology for Nursing is accepted), Physics (Physics for Health Sciences is accepted), Introductory Psychology, Statistics, Technical Writing (or a writing-intensive science or research course).
  • Applicants should have at least a 3.0 GPA in science classes.
  • Applicants are encouraged to suggest alternative courses or employment experience that might substitute for any of the listed prerequisites.
  • Submittals of prerequisite courses must be accompanied by the course description as shown in the catalog for that semester.
  • While not required, these courses, or related experience, may be helpful to applicants: Ethics, Genetics, Engineering, Hydrodynamics, Music, languages (particularly Spanish).

All classes are held at Cleveland Clinic locations in the Greater Cleveland area. Students are not required to move from state to state to complete clinical learning.

Classes start each year the first week in January.

For more information:

We look forward to your questions and appreciate your interest in our rewarding profession.

For more information, contact: Clifford Ball
Cleveland Clinic (J4-604)
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland OH, 44195
Telephone: 216.444.3895 or 216.444.9215
Email: ballc@ccf.org

Cleveland Clinic School of Cardiovascular Perfusion Application


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The Department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia employs 14 full and part time CRNAs, utilizing a creative work schedule. They are an integral part of the daily staffing of 11 adult cardiac and two thoracic operating rooms along with Anesthesia Residents, Fellows, and Student Nurse Anesthetists. The CRNA works under the direct supervision of a board certified Anesthesiologist in a collegial team environment that allows for growth and autonomy. Cleveland Clinic is a clinical site for the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nurse Anesthesia. The latest in surgical and anesthetic procedures, techniques, and equipment all combine to make this a challenging and exciting opportunity for the motivated Nurse Anesthetist.

Clinical Practice includes a large variety and number of cases:

  • Coronary revascularization, on and off cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Valve repairs, and replacements, many using minimally invasive techniques
  • Transplants - heart and lung
  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • LVAD placement
  • Endoscopic thoracic procedures
  • Major open lung procedures
  • Major esophageal surgery

Nurse Anesthesia Program

  • Cleveland Clinic/Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing/Case Western Reserve University School of Nurse Anesthesia is a 28-month, intensive program affiliated with Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University that prepares registered nurses to become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA).
  • Graduate students in nurse anesthesia are trained to administer anesthesia in all of the surgical specialties implementing the techniques of both general and regional anesthesia. This graduate nursing program is composed of study in nursing research, professional development, and nurse anesthesia based on knowledge of the basic sciences.
  • Applicants must be registered nurses (RN) licensed in the state of Ohio and possess a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN). A minimum of one year of acute care nursing experience is required. Five graduate nursing courses are taught at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Nurse anesthesia courses, both didactic and clinical, are taught by CRNAs, anesthesiologists, and guest faculty from the Cleveland Clinic.
  • Upon completion of the program, a Master of Science degree in nursing is awarded by the University and a certificate is awarded from the hospital. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination.

For more details about the program, please call:

  • The School of Nurse Anesthesia at 216.444.6547
  • Ms. Carol Ratcliff at 216.444.4674

For application requests call Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at 216.368.2529 or 800.825.2540, X2529.

Talk to a Nurse: Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (ET)

Call a Heart & Vascular Nurse locally 216.445.9288 or toll-free 866.289.6911.

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This information is provided by Cleveland Clinic and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition.

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