Clinical Instructor Qualifications and Responsibilities

The Standards and Guidelines for Accreditation of Educational Programs in Perfusion (Standards) outline the following requirements that accredited perfusion programs must follow for both responsibilities and qualifications of clinical instructors.


The clinical instructor(s) must be knowledgeable of the program goals, clinical objectives, and clinical evaluation system. The clinical instructor(s) must provide students with appropriate and adequate clinical instruction/supervision and must evaluate student clinical competence.

During clinical instruction in which the student is operating extracorporeal circulation equipment, there must be direct one-to-one supervision by a clinical instructor. The clinical instructor and physician in charge of the procedure must be responsible for patient safety.

Sufficient time for accomplishing the clinical objectives must be provided. The clinical instructor(s) must communicate regularly with the program officials.

At least one clinical instructor must be designated as site coordinator at each clinical affiliate to facilitate communication and appropriate site orientation/training, and summary student evaluation.


  1. All clinical faculty must be knowledgeable and effective in teaching the subjects assigned.

  2. To supervise students operating extracorporeal circulation equipment, clinical instructors must be certified as perfusionists by a United States certifying body.