Community Education for the American Red Cross Southern California Blood Services Region includes the weekly Blood Transfusion Medicine lecture series which is aimed towards professionals involved in the Transfusion Medicine department, particularly hospital blood bank employees. Lectures are held at the blood center every Wednesday morning from 8:30 to 10:30, and offer 2.0 Contact Hours of continuing education for California Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) licenses. Contact hours can also be applied to California Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) license renewal.
We also offer all day Transfusion Medicine Seminars throughout the year at different locations in the southland. A variety of topics are presented including current issues in hospitals, blood centers, and research environments. Continuing education credit is offered.
For those people desiring advanced education in Transfusion Medicine, Community Education offers the Specialist in Blood Bank Technology and Transfusion Medicine (SBBT/TM) Program. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the AABB. This is a year long program offering graduate level education. Graduates of the program are awarded a certificate, which allows them to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) examination.