Cardiac Perfusionist

Adrienne Race


  • Bachelors degree
  • Complete training program (150 procedures as trainee)
  • Pass certification exam

Job Responsibilities

  • Controls heart lung machine
  • Controls body temperature
  • Administers drugs
  • Keeps records of perfusion
  • Consults with the surgeon about medical history

Saleries / Work Environment

Starting- $60,000-$70,000

Average- $90,000-$110,000

Hospital operating room environment during cardiac surgeries

Other Facts

  • May be put on-call
  • Employment outlook is good
  • May stand 6-8 hours a day
  • May lift machinery