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

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

5164

Seminar in Transfusion Medicine

1

CLLS

5262

Human Blood Group Systems II

2

CLLS

5263

Advanced Immunohematology I

2

 

 

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS

6

 

 

 

 

  Semester

Spring 1

 

Credits

CLLS

5095

Seminar in Transfusion Medicine II

1

CLLS

5163

Applied Immunohematology Practicum III

1

CLLS

5264

Advanced Immunohematology II

2

CLLS

5360

Advanced Transfusion Medicine Principles

3

 

 

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS

19

 

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 of SBB certification with approval of the Admissions Committee. The courses applicable to the TRM-MS program follow.

Example TRM-MS Curriculum:

 


 

Credit Awarded for SBB Certification

Credits

CLLS

5260

Blood Bank Laboratory Operations

2

CLLS

5360

Advanced Transfusion Medicine Principles

3

CLLS

5095

Seminar in Transfusion Medicine II

1

 


Semester

Summer 1

 

Credits

MSHP

5302

Introduction to Scientific Writing

3

MSHP

5319

Biostatistics

3

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS

6

 

Semester

Fall 1

 

Credits

CLLS

5265

Advanced Research in Transfusion Medicine

2

CLLS

5160

Introduction to Research in Transfusion Principles

1

MHSP

5303

Healthcare Policy

3

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS

6

 

Semester

Spring 1

 

Credits

CLLS

5330

Clinical Investigative Studies

3

CLLS

6307

Molecular Diagnostics

3

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS

6

Semester

Summer 2

 

Credits

CLLS

5311

Clinical Correlation

3

CLLS

5333

Master's Thesis

3

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDITS

6

 

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS

30

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 (preferably 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.
    • Paper-based TOEFL:  550
    • Computer-based TOEFL:  213
    • Internet-based TOEFL: 79
    • IELTS: 6.5

 

Applications

Applications are reviewed and evaluated upon receipt of all requirements. A numerical system based on grades from undergraduate courses, personal narrative, type and length of experience, references and other miscellaneous items will determine the student's qualification for this program. If the applicant meets the required number of points, he/she will be notified and provided additional information about the UTMB enrollment process.

Application deadline for the April 2019 SBB Class is Sept. 15, 2018
Application Deadline for TRM-MS Summer 2018 – March 1