Entrance Requirements

The admissions committee reviews all applications for assurance that each candidate meets the minimum requirements for entrance as found below. In addition, our committee finds value in:

  • Personal Ambition
  • Commitment to Learning
  • Attention to Detail
  • Passion for Professional Excellence

Vanderbilt University Programs in Allied Health do not accept incoming academic or experiential credit.

Interviews require a minimum of 2 hours of the applicants time and are conducted in January of each year.


  • Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or university
  • A cumulative and science grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Coursework Requirements
    • Six (6) credit hours Anatomy and/or Physiology
    • Four (4) credit hours of General Biology
    • Four (4) credit hours of General Chemistry
    • Four (4) credit hours of another applied science such as
      • Biochemistry or
      • Microbiology or
      • Organic Chemistry or
      • Inorganic Chemistry
    • Three (3) credit of Mathematics (College Algebra, Statistics or Higher)
    • Three (3) credit of Physics
    • A minimum of (1) one credit hour of Medical Terminology REQUIRED (regardless of previous work experience)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for entry.
  • Previous healthcare experience is strongly preferred but is not required to apply for this program.

Foreign Applicant Requirements

VUMC is not able to admit international students at this time. Green Card holders are not considered international applicants and are therefore eligible for admission consideration.

  • The program considers applicants as an international student if the applicant is a citizen of any nation other than the United States of America. Applicants will not be considered as an international student if you are a dual U.S. citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident, refugee/asylee, or a U.S. citizen living abroad. 
  • For education obtained at a non-U.S. Institution, translation into the U.S. equivalency (i.e., equivalence of credits per course and of degree conferred) by an independent evaluation provider must be submitted with this application (translation into English language only is NOT accepted).  The following are examples of foreign transcript and degree evaluators.  VUMC does not endorse any evaluators. 
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language test (TOEFL) is required for students for whom English is not their first language. A total TOEFL score of at least 88 on the internet-based version and 570 on the paper-based version is required.

The general academic requirements for all perfusion education programs are established by the Accreditation Committee for Perfusion Education (AC-PE), which organization is responsible for the initial and continuing evaluation of all perfusion education programs. The AC-PE is accredited to so operate pursuant authority granted by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

CAAHEP's web site is located at: http://www.caahep.org/, and a listing of all perfusion education programs, as well as all accredited allied health programs can be found on that site.

The AC-PE's web site is located at http://www.ac-pe.org/, and a current version of the Standards and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Perfusionist can be found on that site, including minimal admission requirements.


Upon acceptance, students must provide written documentation of the following:

  • Two (2) negative TB skin tests within the past 12 months with the most recent being within the past three (3) months. If history of a positive skin test is present, a chest x-ray within the past 6 months will be necessary.
  • If born on or after January 1, 1957: two (2) live measles vaccinations after the 1st birthday at least one month apart OR MMR vaccination since 1989 OR laboratory evidence of immunity to rubella.
  • Laboratory evidence of MMR vaccination or immunity to rubella
  • Laboratory evidence of MMR vaccination or immunity to mumps
  • Laboratory evidence of immunity to varicella (chickenpox) or immunization series
  • Hepatitis B immunization (series of 3 injections), immunization series in progress or informed refusal of immunization
  • Tetanus/Diptheria booster within the past 10 years is recommended, but not required
  • Annual flu vaccine is a requirement and will be administered by the Medical Center for free in September/October of each year

Vanderbilt policy requires Allied Health students to be fitted with an N-95 respirator to provide protection from exposure to airborne endemic diseases. This N-95 respirator fit testing will be conducted free of charge during your orientation period at VUMC. 

The Vanderbilt Observation Experience (VOE) is currently CLOSED and is not accepting applications for students to visit campus and shadow cases. An update will be posted here as soon as it opens back up.