Australasian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion

PERFUSION COURSE DETAILS

The new Diploma of Perfusion Course was launched in March 2012.

Entry to the course is restricted to non certified perfusionists or trainee perfusionists employed by hospitals or private perfusion groups in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore who have a Bachelors Degree in Science, Applied Science or Nursing.

The difference between the old ABCP course and the new one is that the course duration is three years (2 modules per semester per year) and the modules must be done in sequence.  The new course is a mix of the old course and the Swinburne Master of Perfusion course.

Semesters will be of 14 weeks duration with an exam for each module at the end of the semester.  We will be providing PowerPoint presentations for some of the subjects, and providing students with a manual that has a clear set of learning objectives, goals and references for each subject.

The modules are:

Semester 1
1. Anatomy
2. Physiology

Semester 2
3. Pathology
4. Pharmacology

Semester 3
5. General Sciences (Chemistry, Physics and basic electronics and electrical safety)
6. Introduction to Perfusion

Semester 4
7. Perfusion Techniques
8. Perfusion Equipment

Semester 5
9. Clinical Application of Bypass Techniques
10. Neuropsychological assessment

Semester 6
11. Mechanical Circulatory Support
12. Paediatric Perfusion

*Semesters 4 & 5
13. Research Project
14. Logbook of 200 Clinical Cases

*The research project will start at the beginning of semester 4, (midyear) and finish at
the end of semester 5(midyear), i.e. about 12 months.  It will be one of the following:
a. Original clinical research
b. Clinical Audit
c. Literature Review

If the student and their unit has access to a lab and equipment we would be happy
for them to pursue a topic of their choosing. If however they do not, or don’t wish to they can either submit a clinical audit, or a literature review.

All the research topics will need to be approved by the ABCP.  Students will be required to submit a progress report on their research project at the end of semester four.
Final assessment of the project will occur when the student presents their research project at the next ANZCP Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) following completion of it.

Costs for the course will be substantially lower than for the SUT course.  They will be $400 per module except for the research project for which there is no fee.

We will be starting the course in March 2012 and there will be only one enrolment per year (next start March 2013).

The semesters will run March‐June and July‐October.

Module

Course Intake 1

Course Intake 2

Anatomy

March 2012

March 2013

Physiology

March 2012

March 2013

Pathology

July 2012

July 2013

Pharmacology

July 2012

July 2013

General Sciences

March 2013

March 2014

Introduction to Perfusion

March 2013

March 2014

Perfusion Techniques

July 2013

July 2014

Perfusion Equipment

July 2013

July 2014

Clinical Application of Bypass Techniques

March 2014

March 2015

Neuropsychological assessment

March 2014

March 2015

Mechanical Circulatory Support

July 2014

July 2015

Paediatric Perfusion

July 2014

July 2015

Research Project

July 2013-March 2014*

July 2014-March 2015#

* Presentation at 2014 ASM   #Presentation at 2015 ASM

Credit will be given for Swinburne Master of Perfusion subjects completed on submission of documentary proof of completion.  For instance:  students having completed Anatomy and Physiology in the Master of Perfusion course will begin the new course in the second semester starting with Pathology and Physiology.

Any queries about the course should be directed to Mark Mennen

 

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