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 SBB schools 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 222 graduates of the on-line program as of March 2016.

Year Graduated

# Graduated

Did not take SBB(ASCP) Exam

Passed SBB(ASCP) Exam

% Pass

2013

18

2

15

94

2014

21

3

10

56

2015

23

2

17

81

2016

20

0

18

90

totals

82

7

60

80

The University of Texas Medical Branch SBB Certificate Program is a 12-month (3 semester) University program of didactic and clinical instruction, awarding 19 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 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.

 

Application deadline for the April 2018 SBB Class is Sept. 1, 2017. Currently we have enough applicants for the program starting 2017.