Chandler Candela ’19 Prepares to be a Clinical Perfusionist


Lake Erie College senior Chandler Candela ‘19 is looking to become one of approximately 4,000 clinical perfusionists in the country. Chandler will graduate in May, 2019 with a biology degree, and has already been accepted to The Medical University of South Carolina.

While finishing up her undergraduate degree at LEC, Chandler sent in a lengthy application, essay and resume to MUSC in hopes of continuing her education there. She had been to the school once for a visit and once for an interview before being accepted. Some stand-out features of the program are their High Fidelity simulators and experienced faculty. Chandler also thought the current students seemed very happy with the program.

“I’m looking forward to working with the simulators, and learning everything the program has to offer,” Chandler said.

Chandler’s time at LEC prepared her well for the application process, and she credits the exceptional science courses for her confidence as she moves on to the next step in her education. Through her undergraduate coursework, she gained a better grasp on the prerequisite courses necessary for the Master’s program. Her favorite course was Cell and Molecular biology, since she has a particular interest in how the cell works and communicates with the body to produce everything it needs.

“The courses at LEC were tough,” she said. “But they made the difference in being accepted into the MUSC perfusion program.”

At the end of her time at MUSC, Chandler will graduate with a Masters in Cardiovascular Perfusion. She hopes to be a clinical perfusionist, the healthcare professional who uses the cardiopulmonary bypass machine during surgery. Only 130 people graduate from perfusion programs around the world annually.

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