Specialist in Blood Bank Technology and Transfusion Medicine Program
This year-long, graduate level program incorporates all aspects of blood center operations in a curriculum designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for the student to arrive at solutions to a wide variety of complex transfusion-related problems and challenges. Hospital transfusion services and other departmental rotations are included for observation of advanced transfusion medicine practices, such as, but not limited to, HLA testing, transplantation medicine, stem cell processing, lab operations, and molecular testing.
The American Red Cross SBB Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Specialist in Blood Bank Technology Schools, sponsored by the AABB.
- CAAHEP - 25400 US Highway 19 N. Suite158 Clearwater, FL 33763 (727) 210-2350, www.caahep.org
- AABB - 4550 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 700, North Tower, Bethesda, MD 20814, (301) 907-6977 www.aabb.org
- The program includes on-line didactics, professional development tasks, clerical/administration/technical rotations, and a research project that can be completed at the student’s location.
- A certificate is awarded to graduates of the program, which allows the graduates to take the Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) examination offered by ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathology) www.ascp.org.
- Successful completion of an SBB program and SBB exam will enable an individual to pursue many career paths, such as working in a hospital transfusion service or QA department, immunohematology reference laboratory (IRL), blood center, governmental agency, or other health care related industry. Depending on the SBB certified employee’s interest and skills, roles in administration, management/supervision, clinical research, and teaching are all possible.
- Current American Red Cross employees and staff from selected official academic partner will be considered for admission. The program is offered to American Red Cross and academic partner employees at no cost, provided employer commitment requirements are met.
- Students are solely responsible for all travel and ancillary expenses and associated with completing program requirements.
SBB Program Outcomes
- ASCP SBB certification exam:
Total attempts pass rate (2006-2020) = 95% (19/20 graduates)
3-year (2018-2020) 1st time pass rate = 100% (3/3 graduates)
5-year (2015-2020) 1st time pass rate = 100% (7/7 graduates)
- Graduate positive placement (employment):
5-year positive placement (2015-2020) = 100% (7/7 graduates)
Graduates of SBB Program:
Jill Brantner, MLS(ASCP)SBB
Technical Specialist II
Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin
Margie M. Chamberlain, MT(ASCP)SBBCM
Technologist I, IRL
American Red Cross, St. Paul, MN