"Some perfusion schools just do academic work. Not here. We start off observing in the OR and doing academic work. Then we start doing the perfusion work. It's intense, but someone's always watching you. They won't let you do anything wrong. They don't expect you to know everything. You're supposed to ask questions." —T. Patel
Admission Requirements: Cardiovascular Perfusion
Master of Science (MS)
The admission requirements for the Cardiovascular Perfusion Program are as follows:
- Baccalaureate Degree
- Minimum GPA of a 2.8 cumulative and prerequisite is required. Preference is given to GPA’s of 3.0 or better.
- Completion of Prerequisite Courses. Prerequisite courses must be completed by the time of matriculation. Students may apply if prerequisite courses are in progress or planned to be completed by the time of matriculation.
- Completion of Application
- Two letters of recommendation. We recommend that at least one letter be from a science faculty member, the other should be from someone who knows you in an academic, or professional capacity.
- Official College Transcripts. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from every college attended or every college they have received credit from. If your college transcripts are not in English, or it is not in the same grading system as the United States, you will need to get a translation and a course-by-course educational credential evaluation completed by an approved agency.
- If English is not your first language, an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IETLS) score report must be submitted.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR MCAT Exam
- The GRE code for SUNY Upstate Medical University is 2547
- Although there is no minimum acceptable score for either exam, candidates are expected to be within the 50th percentile. GRE or MCAT must be completed within five years of matriculation.
- Cardiovascular Perfusion is a fall entry program. Applications open September 1. The application deadline is February 15.
- Applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis.
- Personal interview, by invitation
- While we do not require applicants have completed a perfusion observation as part of the application process, it's highly recommended.
Additional requirements based on individual situations. It is the responsibility of each student to confirm that a completed application is on file in the Office of Student Admissions.
Letters of recommendation, official transcripts and test scores should be sent to:
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Admissions & Financial Aid
766 Irving Ave.
Weiskotten Hall 0217
Syracuse, NY 13210
Incoming students will be required to submit a background check after being offered admission, and prior to enrollment at SUNY Upstate. All admitted students are admitted conditionally until background check results are obtained and reviewed by SUNY Upstate.