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Description

Certification in Clinical Perfusion is attained by satisfactory performance on the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion certification examination. The certification examination is composed of two parts. Part I, the Perfusion Basic Science Examination (PBSE), is a 220-item, multiple choice examination designed to cover perfusion basic sciences and cardiopulmonary bypass. Part II, the Clinical Applications in Perfusion Examination (CAPE), is also of a multiple choice format where a series of clinical scenarios are presented, each with a series of questions. The number of questions on the Part 2 examination may vary from 200 to 230, depending on the scenarios used.

Both the Perfusion Basic Science Examination and the Clinical Applications in Perfusion Examination are given twice a year, in the spring and in the fall.

The applicant meeting all requirements to take the Perfusion Basic Science Examination and meeting all other criteria may sit for the Clinical Applications in Perfusion Examination at the same examination site.

The examination is based on topics in the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion knowledge base. The 11 major sections of the knowledge base are as follows:

  1. Anatomy & Physiology
  2. Pharmacology
  3. Pathology
  4. Laboratory Analysis
  5. Quality Assurance
  6. Devices & Equipment
  7. Clinical Management
  8. Special Patient Groups
  9. Special Procedures/Special Techniques
  10. Catastrophic Events & Device Failure
  11. Monitoring

The questions used on the PBSE are designed primarily to test the examinees’ knowledge of basic science as it applies to clinical perfusion. The questions used in the CAPE are designed to measure the examinees’ understanding of the practice of clinical perfusion. The questions used in the CAPE are designed to measure the examinees’ understanding of the practice of clinical perfusion and the application of scientific knowledge therein. While questions relating to all eleven aspects of the knowledge base may be found on either examination, the emphasis is placed on understanding processes in the PBSE and on application of knowledge in the CAPE.

PERFUSION BASIC SCIENCE EXAMINATION

Eligibility Criteria
The criteria for application to take the Perfusion Basic Science Examination are as follows:
  1. The applicant must fulfill one of the following criteria:
    1. The applicant must have graduated from, or be currently enrolled in, an accredited cardiovascular perfusion education program, and anticipating graduation prior to the date of the examination; or
    2. The applicant must have been admitted to the examination process before April 15, 1981, or have been previously certified by the ABCP.
  2. Applicants for the examination must have the following on file in the National Office at least four weeks prior to the examination.
    1. A current official transcript of credits from the accredited school of cardiovascular perfusion, indicating date of graduation.
    2. A written statement of satisfactory clinical competency from the Clinical Competency Committee of the school.
    3. Documentation of a minimum of seventy-five (75) clinical perfusions performed during the education program. Observational pediatric cases do not count toward the 75 minimum clinical perfusion requirement.


    4. Credit will be considered for perfusion experience only when the following criteria are met:
      1. The student participated in the preoperative planning and selection of equipment used during the perfusion.
      2. The student performed those technical manipulations that constituted the essential parts of the procedure itself.
      3. An instructor must be physically present during perfusion procedures and that instructor should be a Certified Clinical Perfusionist.

The number of times that the Perfusion Basic Science Examination can be taken is not limited.

Application Procedure
Applicants are required to submit the following by July 1 for the fall examination and December 1 for the following spring examination:
  1. A notarized Perfusion Basic Science Examination application completed in full; and
  2. Perfusion Basic Science Examination fee ($350.00).
Applicants are required to submit or arrange to submit the following items to the National Office at least four weeks prior to the examination:
  1. Clinical education record documenting seventy-five (75) clinical perfusions performed prior to graduation;
  2. A current, official transcript of credits from the accredited school of perfusion, indicating date of graduation; and
  3. A statement of satisfactory clinical competency from the Clinical Competency Committee chairperson at the accredited school of perfusion.
Applicants retaking the Perfusion Basic Science Examination are NOT required to resubmit or arrange for resubmission of items 1-3, the Clinical Education Record, the official transcript, and the Clinical Competency statement. These items will remain on file from the previous application.

All files MUST be complete at least four (4) weeks prior to the examination. Eligibility to reserve a seat with Prometric Testing Centers is contingent upon receipt of all documentation by the National Office.

CLINICAL APPLICATIONS IN PERFUSION EXAMINATION

Eligibility Criteria
The criteria for application to take the Clinical Applications in Perfusion Examination are as follows:
  1. The applicant must fulfill one of the following criteria:
    1. The applicant must have graduated from, or be currently enrolled in, an accredited cardiovascular perfusion education program, and anticipating graduation prior to the date of the examination; or
    2. The applicant must have been admitted to the examination process before April 15, 1981, or have been previously certified by the ABCP.
  2. Applicants for the examination must have the following on file in the National Office at least four weeks prior to the examination:
    1. Documentation showing all requirements for the Perfusion Basic Science Examination have been met; and
    2. A clinical record itemizing forty (40) independent clinical perfusions after graduation from the accredited school of perfusion. Cases must come from Table A- Primary Clinical Perfusion Activities (PCPA) below.
The number of times that the Clinical Applications in Perfusion Examination can be taken is not limited.

Application Procedure
Applicants are required to submit each of the following by July 1 for the fall examination and December 1 for the following spring examination:
  1. A notarized Clinical Applications in Perfusion Examination application completed in full; and
  2. Clinical Applications in Perfusion Examination fee ($350.00).

Applicants are required to submit or arrange to submit the following to the National Office at least four weeks prior to the examination:

  1. A completed case summary documenting forty (40) independent clinical perfusions after graduation. Cases must come from Table A- Primary Clinical Perfusion Activities (PCPA) below.

Applicants retaking the Clinical Applications in Perfusion Examination are NOT required to resubmit the case summary.

All files MUST be complete at least four (4) weeks prior to the examination. Eligibility to reserve a seat with Prometric Testing Centers is contingent upon receipt of all documentation by National Office.

Table A
Primary Clinical Perfusion Activities (PCPA)
Clinical Definition
Core Elements

1P

Cardiopulmonary Bypass (CPB), Primary

A Certified Clinical Perfusionist (CCP) who is the primary operator of the heart-lung machine used during cardiac surgery and other surgeries that require extracorporeal circulation, used to manage the patient's physiological status. Blood pump, reservoir, heat exchanger, oxygenator, extracorporeal circuit used accordingly with hemodynamic/lab value monitoring.

2P

Instructor CPA Bypass, Primary

A Certified Clinical Perfusionist (CCP) who serves as a clinical instructor to a student enrolled in an accredited perfusion program during primary clinical perfusion activities that require extracorporeal circulation, used to manage the patient's physiological status. Blood pump, reservoir, heat exchanger, oxygenator, extracorporeal circuit used accordingly with hemodynamic/ lab value monitoring. Primary clinical perfusion activities (PCPA) performed as clinical instructor in an accredited program are considered a primary perfusion activity and will receive full case credit. During clinical instruction in which the student is operating extracorporeal circulation equipment, there must be direct one-to-one supervision by the clinical instructor. Students may also receive credit toward certification eligibility for the same case.

3P

Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), Primary

A Certified Clinical Perfusionist (CCP) who is the primary operator of Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) circuit that provides life support for respiratory and/or cardiac failure. Extracorporeal circuit, oxygenator, heat exchanger used accordingly with hemodynamic/lab value monitoring. For each ECMO case, one case credit per 24 hours will be awarded for initiating and bedside managing ECMO (4-hour minimum) or bedside managing (6-hour minimum). No simultaneous credit will be awarded for managing multiple ECMO patients in this time period.

4P

Isolated Limb/Organ Perfusion, Primary

A Certified Clinical Perfusionist (CCP), who is the primary operator of an extracorporeal device used to deliver anticancer drugs directly to an arm, leg, or organ that manages the patient's physiological status. Reservoir, blood pump, heat exchanger, oxygenator, extracorporeal circuit used accordingly with hemodynamic, temperature, and lab value monitoring.
5P

Veno-Venous or Left Heart Bypass, Primary

A Certified Clinical Perfusionist (CCP) who is the primary operator of an extracorporeal device, used to perfuse specific vascular regions within the circulatory system. Blood pump, extracorporeal circuit used accordingly with hemodynamic/lab value monitoring.

6P

Ventricular Assist Device (VAD), Primary

A Certified Clinical Perfusionist (CCP) who is the primary operator of the Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) that provides cardiac support for the failing heart. For each VAD case, one case credit per 24 hours will be awarded for initiating and managing VAD or bedside managing (6-hour minimum). No simultaneous credit will be awarded for managing multiple VAD patients in this time period.

COMPLETION OF EXAMINATION PROCESS

Computer-Based Examination

The Perfusion Basic Science Examination and the Clinical Applications in Perfusion Examination are being administered in Prometric testing facilities located throughout the United States. After being approved for examination by the ABCP, candidates register online with Prometric to take the ABCP examinations in a test site convenient to their home. Information for registration with Prometric is provided to candidates after their application and acceptance for examination by the ABCP.

The applicant will be required to present a government-issued picture identification (e.g. photo driver’s license, or passport) for entrance to the examination. No other entrance documents are needed.

Examination Guidebook
The guidebook for the examination process will be provided to all applicants at no cost. All others may purchase the guidebook for the examination process from the National Office for a fee of $10.00.

Criteria and Eligibility for Foreign Applicants

Foreign applicants must meet the same requirements for certification as all other applicants.

Application Deadlines
Applications must be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the National Office and must be postmarked no later than July 1 for the fall examination, or December 1 for the following spring examination.

Certification Fee Schedule
  1. For those applicants never certified, the fee will be $350.00 for each portion of the examination.
  2. For reinstatement of certification, the fee will be $350.00 for any portion of the examination plus a $250.00 reinstatement fee.

The reinstatement fee is a one-time charge for any applicant until reinstatement is accomplished or abandoned.

NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.

Late Filing Fee
Applicants submitting applications for either portion of the certification examination, up to thirty days following the deadline, will be assessed a late filing fee of $75.00.

Scoring
Scoring for each part of the examination will be criterion referenced, with the cutoff score determined by the summation of the Ebel weightings of each item selected for inclusion on the examination. Item Response Theory modeling will be used to equate the scores of various forms of each examination.

Awarding of Certification
Each applicant must pass both the Perfusion Basic Science Examination and the Clinical Applications in Perfusion Examination in order to obtain certification. A listing of all current Certified Clinical Perfusionists can be found on the ABCP website: www.abcp.org.

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