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Perfusionist

Description:

A perfusionist is a highly specialized and highly skilled health care professional whose primary responsibility is to operate a heart-lung machine during open-heart surgery. A perfusionist has specialized training on the machinery and with the technology used to replace and support the patient’s circulatory and respiratory functions.

Licensure Requirements:

Only a person who is licensed or exempt from licensure under Article 134 of the Education Law can practice perfusion in New York State. However, any use of the title "Licensed perfusionist" within New York State requires licensure.

To be licensed as a perfusionist in New York State you must:

  • be of good moral character;
  • be at least 21 years of age; and
  • meet education and examination requirements.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 134, Section 6632 of New York's Education Law and Subpart 79-19 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

Education Requirements:

To meet the education requirements for licensure as a perfusionist, you must:

  • have successfully completed a baccalaureate or higher degree in a perfusion program registered by the Department, a CAAHEP accredited perfusion program, or the substantial equivalent as determined by the Department; or
  • have completed a baccalaureate or higher degree and a credit bearing certificate program in perfusion acceptable to the Department; or
  • on or before October 20, 2018, have completed a baccalaureate or higher degree and an accredited training program in perfusion acceptable to the Department pursuant to regulations.

Examination Requirements:

The current examination required for licensure is the certification examination of the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion. Information on taking the certification examination and more can be found on the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion's web site at http://www.abcp.org/

Fees (As of November 2, 2016)

The fee for licensure and first registration is $200.
The fee for a limited permit is $105.

Licenses Issued and Active

As of July 1, 2016, there were no active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Perfusionist Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 260
Fax: (518) 402-2323
E-mail: opunit2@nysed.gov

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-2012.00 - Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
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Disclaimer:

Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was posted on 12/19/16.

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