Thomas Jefferson University

Institute of Emerging Health Professions

How to Apply

Create a new account to apply to the Perfusion and Extracorporeal Technology program using the Jefferson Online Application.

Application fee: $50.00. This fee is non-refundable.

Application Available: October 01, 2019 

Priority deadline: December 15, 2019

Regular deadline: March 01, 2020


Students must complete their Bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited institution before the start date of the program. An overall minimum GPA of 3.0 (and above) and a minimum science GPA of 3.0 (and above) are recommended to be competitive. 

At least four of the following six prerequisite courses should be complete at time of application in order to be competitive:

  •  2 Semesters of Biology with lab (8 credits)
    (Recommended: Biology 1&2, Biochemistry, Microbiology)
  •  2 Semesters of Chemistry with lab (8 credits)
  • 1 Semester of Physics with lab (4 credits)
  • 1 Semester college level math
    (Recommended: Calculus or Stats)

Additional coursework in the following areas are recommended but not required: Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology.

It is preferred that all science courses are completed within 5 years of application to Jefferson. Courses completed over 5 years ago will be evaluated on a case by case basis.  Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above to be eligible for transfer. A grade of “C-“ or below will not be eligible for transfer.   

Other requirements include:

  • Shadowing experience with a certified cardiovascular perfusionist (CCP) is required

If students are missing 1 semester of biology, chemistry, or physics they may attempt to test out of these requirements by passing a challenge exam.  

Official Transcript

Submit all official transcripts from the institutions you have attended through one of the following methods:

By Email (Preferred method):

By Mail:

TJAPP Transcript Verification Center

P.O. Box 9130
Watertown, MA 02471

DO NOT open the transcript. Transcripts received with broken seals will be returned to the applicant.

CV or Résumé

Submit your CV or Résumé to TJAPP. 

Recommendation Letters

We require two letters of recommendation. Students will need to provide the name, title and email address of the people writing the recommendations during time of application. You will receive an email from TJAPP with a recommendation form directly to the references.

References must return the recommendation form directly to TJAPP, not the student. 

If you possess previously written letters of recommendation from a reference, contact your counselor directly.

Proof of Shadowing

Students must shadow a minimum of one case. Please submit a  completed copy of this form to TJAPP.

Technical Standards

  • Ability to observe and participate in classroom exchanges, demonstrations, experiments and other learning venues in the applicable laboratory discipline or in interdisciplinary didactic and clinical settings.
  • Ability to analyze, synthesize, solve problems and reach interpretive judgments.
  • Sufficient use of the senses of vision, hearing, somatic sensation and motor movement necessary to learn and perform applicable laboratory procedures and associated data management in the classroom, clinical or research setting.
  • Ability to communicate electronically, in writing and verbally with faculty, other students and professional colleagues with accuracy, clarity, efficiency and timeliness.
  • Sufficient cognitive and physical ability to comply with physical, chemical and biohazard precautions.

The technical standards of the Department do allow for the use of an assistive device (or devices), program time extensions or other forms of support necessary to accomplish the requirements of the program. Such accommodation must be requested in a timely manner, and must be documented, reasonable, appropriate and available to the Department and/or the student.

English Language Proficiency for International Applicants

All international students and U.S. permanent residents must demonstrate English language proficiency as one of the conditions for admission to Thomas Jefferson University.  Students must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores or fulfill one or more of the conditions necessary to waive the English language proficiency requirement.  TOEFL or IELTS scores are valid for two years; scores older than two years will not be considered.

  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with an overall score of at least 87 and individual section scores as follows:

    Reading = 21

    Listening = 22

    Speaking = 23

    Writing = 21

    TOEFL code = 2999

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of at least 6.5 and individual section scores as follows:

    Listening = 6.5

    Reading = 6.5

    Writing = 6

    Speaking = 7

TOEFL/IELTS requirement can be waived if you have:

  • Baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Current professional licensure (MD, DO, RN, etc.)
  • Native English speaker from one of the following countries: Australia Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa or United Kingdom.