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To all NYS Perfusionists,

You may have heard that the New York State Legislature enacted a law which will provide for licensure of Perfusionists (Chapter 409 of 2013). I’d like to take this opportunity to provide you with some information regarding this new law.

Article 134 of the New York State Education law establishes standards for the licensure of perfusionists in New York State. This new law became effective on October 21, 2016. Now that the law is effective, you may apply for licensure as a perfusionist, if you have not already done so. 

With this new law, the Legislature also extended the effective date of the current limited permit that exempts perfusionists from certain provisions of the clinical lab licensing law until October 20, 2018.  

All persons practicing perfusion in New York State must be fully licensed by October 20, 2018, unless they fall under one of the exemptions described in the law. After that time, the clinical lab exemption limited permits will no longer be valid. I encourage you to view our website, http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/perfusion/ for information regarding the new law, links to the law and regulations, and specific information regarding the application process.

To be licensed as a perfusionist in New York State you must:
be of good moral character;
be at least 21 years of age; and
meet education and examination requirements.

To meet the education requirements for licensure as a perfusionist, you must:
have successfully completed a baccalaureate or higher degree in a perfusion education program registered by the Department, a CAAHEP accredited perfusion program, or the substantial equivalent as determined by the Department; or
have completed a baccalaureate or higher degree and a credit bearing certificate program in perfusion acceptable to the Department; or
on or before October 20, 2018, have completed a baccalaureate or higher degree and an accredited training program in perfusion acceptable to the Department pursuant to regulations.

The current examination required for licensure is the certification examination of the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion. 

Alternatively, some applicants may be eligible for licensure in New York State under the special grandparenting provision set forth in law if they meet all the requirements for licensure with the exception of the examination, experience and education requirements. Under this provision an applicant may be licensed:
If you have five years of experience in the past ten years as a practicing perfusionist in an inpatient setting providing cardiac surgery services in a hospital approved by the New York State Department of Health or a substantially equivalent accrediting body acceptable to the State Committee for Perfusion and the Department. At least three of the years of experience must have occurred in the past five years.  

OR

If you possess certification from the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion and have been employed as a perfusionist for three of the past five years. 

Please note that these grandparenting provisions are only effective until October 20, 2018.

This new law also authorizes an additional limited permit strictly for individuals who satisfy all requirements for licensure except for the exam requirement, which will enable those individuals to practice under supervision until they pass the exam. Please see the website for additional information regarding this permit. (Please note; this limited permit provision does not expire and should not be confused with the current clinical lab exemption permit which is authorized for a different purpose, and as noted, will expire on October 20, 2018.)

I want to reiterate that all New York State perfusionists currently practicing under a clinical lab exemption permit MUST be licensed by October 20, 2018. I strongly encourage you to apply for licensure as soon as you can, and not wait until the expiration of the current permit.  

We are looking forward to implementing this new law for this new New York State licensed profession. The State Committee for Perfusion, the State Board for Medicine and my office are working to assure a smooth transition. Please do not hesitate to contact our offices with any questions or for any additional information.  

Sincerely,

Stephen J. Boese
Executive Secretary
Boards for Medicine,
Veterinary Medicine,
Dietetics & Nutrition,
Committees for Medical Physics,
Athletic Trainers, Perfusion, Pathologists’ Assistants.
New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
89 Washington Avenue, 2nd floor west
Albany, New York 12234
518-474-3817 x.560
Perfusion@nysed.gov