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:
- 3-year (2019-2021) 1st time pass rate = 83.33% (5/6 graduates)
- 5-year (2017-2021) 1st time pass rate = 88.89% (8/9 graduates)
- Total attempts pass rate (2006-2021) 91% = (21/23 graduates)
Graduates of SBB Program 2019-2020:
Jill Brantner, MLS(ASCP)SBBCM
Technical Specialist II, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin
Margie M. Chamberlain, MT(ASCP)SBBCM
Technologist I, IRL, American Red Cross, St. Paul, MN
Graduates of SBB Program 2020-2021:
Sheri L. Holloway, MLS(ASCP)CMSBBCM
Associate II, Laboratory Technical Trainer, American Red Cross, Richmond, VA
Sara Yearout, MLS(ASCP)CMSBBCM
Technologist II, IRL, American Red Cross, Roanoke, VA
SBB Project: AABB 2021 Poster Abstract “Novel Kell Allele Associated with Loss of Kpb Antigen Identified in Caucasian Blood Donor”
Seth Anderson, MLS(ASCP)
Technologist I, IRL, American Red Cross, Richmond, VA
Nicholas Price, MHA, MLS(ASCP)CM
Manager of Transfusion and Tissue Services, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC
Linda Baldassare, MS, MBA, MT(ASCP)
Technologist III, IRL, American Red Cross, Baltimore, MD
Laboratory Manager, War Memorial Hospital, West Virginia
Lindsey Hoffman, MLS(ASCP)SBB
Blood Bank Technologist, M Health Fairview, Minneapolis, MN
Malia Thornes, MLS(ASCP)CM
Blood Bank Technical Lead, M Health Fairview, Minneapolis, MN