Specialist in Blood Bank and Masters in Transfusion Medicine Programs From Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Overview

Specialists in Blood Bank Technology (SBB) perform and/or supervise both routine and specialized tests in blood centers, hospital-based transfusion services and reference labs, using methodology that conforms to the Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services of the American Association of Blood Banks and regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). SBBs also work in research, education and industry.

The UTMB SBB program was one of the first in existence, under the auspices of the UTMB Blood Bank, with the first graduates in 1955. The program was housed in the Blood Bank for many years and moved to the School of Health Professions in 2004. In 1999, the first SBB distance education program was initiated by UTMB. The program was converted to a totally on-line program in 2003. There have been 192 graduates of the on-line program as of March 2015.

Year Graduated

# Graduated

Did not take SBB(ASCP) Exam

Passed SBB(ASCP) Exam

% Pass

2012

17

0

17

100

2013

18

2

15

94

2014

21

4

10

59

2015

23

3

16

80

totals

79

9

58

83

The University of Texas Medical Branch SBB Certificate Program is a 12-month (3 semester) program of didactic and clinical instruction, awarding 17 graduate credits for completion of the curriculum. The UTMB SBB program provides comprehensive training in all areas of blood banking. The UTMB SBB program is located in the Clinical Laboratory Science Department of the School of Health Professions Building in Galveston, Texas. The SBB Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of AABB Committee on Accreditation of SBB programs.

  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
  • Clearwater, FL 33763
  • Phone: 727-210-2350
  • Fax: 727-210-2354

 

The UTMB SBB Certificate Program can be combined with the Masters in Transfusion Medicine degree program (TRM-MS) through completion of an additional 3-4 semesters, culminating in a research project and thesis. After completion of the Certificate Program, the student must challenge and pass the SBB(ASCP) exam to continue on with the TRM-MS degree program.

 

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Curriculum

Successful completion of the SBB Certificate Program allows the student to sit for the certifying examination for Specialists in Blood Bank Technology (SBB) given by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

The technical and didactic curriculum of the SBB Certificate Program covers a period of 12 months, starting in April each year. All instruction is provided via distance technology and students can do clinical rotations at their place of employment or other facilities of their choice. Students will be eligible to sit for the SBB(ASCP) exam after successful completion of the third semester. The courses for the SBB Certificate Program follow.

SBB Certificate Curriculum:


 Semester

Summer 1

 

Credits

CLLS

5160

Introduction to Research in Transfusion Medicine

1

CLLS

5161

Applied Immunohematology Practicum I

1

CLLS

5260

Blood Bank Laboratory Operations

2

CLLS

5261

Human Blood Group Systems I

2

 

 

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS

6

 

 

 

 

  Semester

Fall 1

 

Credits

CLLS

5162

Applied Immunohematology Practicum II

1

CLLS

5262

Human Blood Group Systems II

2

CLLS

5263

Advanced Immunohematology I

2

 

 

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS

5

 

 

 

 

  Semester

Spring 1

 

Credits

CLLS

5163

Applied Immunohematology Practicum III

1

CLLS

5264

Advanced Immunohematology II

2

CLLS

5360

Advanced Transfusion Medicine Principles

3

 

 

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS

17

 

For the TRM-MS program, students must have completed an approved, accredited SBB program within the past 5 years and must have successfully obtained SBB(ASCP) certification. Students who complete the UTMB SBB Certification Program may enter the TRM-MS program in the summer following completion with approval of the Admissions Committee. The courses applicable to the TRM-MS program follow.

TRM-MS Curriculum:

 


Semester

Fall 1

 

Credits

CLLS

5160

Introduction to Research in Transfusion Medicine1

1

CLLS

5265

Advanced Research in Transfusion Medicine

2

CLLS

5319

Biostatistics

3

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS

6

 

Semester

Spring 1

 

Credits

CLLS

6307

Molecular Diagnostics2

3

MHSP

5302

Introduction to Scientific Writing

3

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS

6

 

Semester

Summer 1

 

Credits

CLLS

5311

Clinical Correlation

3

CLLS

5330

Clinical Investigative Studies

3

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS

6

 

Semester

Fall 2

 

Credits

CLLS

5303

Healthcare Policy

3

CLLS

5333

Master's Thesis

3

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS

6

 

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS

40

1 Credit will be given if taken during SBB Certification Program.
2 If a comparable Molecular Biology course, including laboratory, has been completed with a grade of B or higher, the student may receive credit for the course.

Eligibility for Acceptance into the program

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in medical laboratory science, biology, or a related science, including standard college courses in biological sciences (8 hrs), general chemistry (8 hrs), microbiology (4 hrs) and mathematics (3 hrs).
    • Biology and chemistry courses must be for science majors and include laboratories.
    • Mathematics course must be college algebra or higher.
    • Students are strongly encouraged to take courses in genetics and statistics.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of one year full-time postbaccalaureate work experience relevant to an immunohematology area within an institution accredited by a recognized accrediting agency.
    • Applicants must be currently employed in some aspect of Blood Banking.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.75 (on a scale of 4.0) for the SBB Certificate or 3.0 for the TRM-MS program.
  • For TRM-MS program, a GRE score taken within the past 5 years (no minimum score required.
  • An identified mentor (SBB or MD) who is willing to assist with answering questions, locating facilities for required clinical experience and monitoring student progress through the SBB training.
  • International applicants will be considered.
    • Applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score.
    • Minimum paper-based TOEFL:  550; Minimum computer-based TOEFL:  213.

 

Applications

Applications are reviewed and evaluated upon receipt of all requirements. A numerical system based on references, grades from undergraduate courses, essay, experience and other miscellaneous items will determine the student’s qualification for this program. If the student meets the required number of points, a conference call will then take place so the applicant can ask questions and make an informed decision about accepting a position as a UTMB SBB student.

Application deadline for the April 2017 SBB Class is July 15.
Application Deadline for TRM-MS Summer 2016 – March 15; Fall 2016 – July 15; Spring 2017 – November 15