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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I have to be a science major to go to become a perfusionist?
No. Your major is not important as long as you complete the pre-requisite course work to satisfy the admissions requirements and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Will majoring in science give me an advantage in applying to a perfusion program?
Not necessarily. Most perfusion programs are looking for well rounded students who have an aptitude for science. They do not give preference to science majors.

Should I minor or take a double major?
Only if you are truly interested in another field of study. There is no evidence that those students who have a second major or minor have a better chance of accepted than those who do not.

Can I take required courses in the summer and/or at another institution?
In general, it is best to take your required courses at your primary academic institution and during the regular school session. Professional schools want to know that a student can handle science courses while taking a normal academic load. If you have a compelling reason, for taking a course during the summer, for example to be able to get the proper course sequence, then do so. You should try, at least, to take the course at your primary institution or one with equivalent academic rigor. Taking your science courses in a piecemeal fashion and at a two-year institution may be looked on with suspicion by health professions schools. You should also check with the appropriate department to see that the credits from another institution will transfer.

Can I get into a perfusion program in less than 4 years?
Yes, students at the College of Charleston can complete 60 SH of transfer credits, or an undergraduate degree in their chosen major, and apply to professional schools.