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Perfusionists perform the functions necessary for the support, treatment, measurement, or supplementation of the cardiovascular, circulatory, and respiratory systems or other organs, and they ensure the safe management of physiologic functions by monitoring and analyzing the parameters of those systems under the order and supervision of a licensed physician. 

Applications, Requirements & Fees

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Each applicant for a license to practice as a Perfusionist must:

  • Be at least 19 years old  
  • Have good moral character
  • Submit to the Department a completed perfusionist license application
  • Pay the application fee of $150

There are three methods of applying for a perfusionist license:

1. Education and Examination

  • Graduate from an accredited perfusionist education program
  • Pass the certification examination offered by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) that includes Part I, the Perfusion Basic Science Examination, and Part II, the Clinical Applications in Perfusion Examination, or a substantially equivalent examination approved by the Board of Medicine and Surgery

2. Board Certification (waiver of education and examination requirements)

  • Submit evidence of holding a current certificate as a Certified Clinical Perfusionist issued by the ABCP or its successor

3. Licensed in Another State

  • Submit evidence of holding a credential as a perfusionist issued by another state or possession of the United States or the District of Columbia which has standards substantially equivalent to those of Nebraska

Please be sure to update your mailing address with the Division of Public Health so that licensure information, including renewal notices, will reach you.

Renewal, Continuing Education & Reinstatement

Renewal Information

On or before October 1 of each odd-numbered year, each perfusionist licensed in the state of Nebraska must submit a completed application, attestation related to renewal requirements for continuing competency, and payment of the renewal fee of $150 to the Licensure Unit.

Continuing Competency Requirement for License Renewal

As a condition for renewal, each perfusionist must earn one of the following:

  • Perform a minimum of 80 clinical activities, as defined by ABCP, of which no more than 30 clinical activities may be documented intraoperative pump standbys that must be documentable in an audit; and
  • Earn 30 continuing education units (CEUs), as approved by the ABCP, of which 10 CEUs must be earned in Category 1. Hours are to be earned within the 24 months immediately preceding the date of expiration, except that a licensee who has earned more than the 30 hours required for license renewal for one 24-month renewal period is allowed to carry over up to 15 hours to the next 24-month renewal period.

Clinical activities include:

  • Primary bypass
  • Instructor for a primary bypass performed by a student
  • Veno-venous bypass
  • Pump assisted coronary and/or organ perfusion
  • Cardiopulmonary Support (CPS)
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) and
  • Documented intraoperative pump standby


Office of Medical & Specialized Health
Department of Health & Human Services/Division of Public Health/Licensure Unit
Phone Number
(402) 471-2118
Fax Number
(402) 742-8355
Mailing & Physical Addresses

DHHS Licensure Unit
Attn: Perfusionist
PO Box 94986

Lincoln NE 68509-4986


Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
14th & M Streets, 3rd Floor
Lincoln NE 68508

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays.