SBB Program

The Specialist in Blood Banking Technology and Transfusion Medicine Program (SBBT/TM) at LifeShare Blood Center provides comprehensive and in-depth training in all aspects of blood banking: blood collection, blood component manufacturing, immunohematology, specialized serology, molecular testing, transfusion medicine practice, quality systems, process control, education and research, leadership, and management.

The SBB/TM program is a 12-month course beginning in May. Graduates of the program are awarded a certificate of completion and are eligible to take the ASCP Board of Certification examination for SBB certification. Please see answers to the Frequently Asked Questions below for additional information.

Accreditation:
The LifeShare SBBT/TM Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

 2021 Graduating Class:

Congrats to Class of 2021

SSBT/ TM Program FAQs

Is there an option to apply credits to a Master’s program after completing the SBB program?

Yes. Successfully completing the LifeShare SBB program with a course average of at least 80% means a student is eligible to apply to the UTMB Master’s in Transfusion Medicine (MSTRM) program, which is also completed by distance learning. Visit www.utmb.edu for additional acceptance criteria.

Is there an option to apply credits to a Master’s program after completing the SBB program?

Yes. Successfully completing the LifeShare SBB program with a course average of at least 80% means a student is eligible to apply to the UTMB Master’s in Transfusion Medicine (MSTRM) program, which is also completed by distance learning. Visit www.utmb.edu for additional acceptance criteria.

What are the requirements to complete the program?

The program is comprised of 6 didactic courses. Each course includes homework, quizzes and exams. There are also a mid-term and final written exam as well as a mid-term and final virtual practical. In addition, there are clinical rotations, professional development tasks, a research project and an education project.

What does the SBB program cost?

Tuition for the program is $5000, payable in 2 installments. The first half is due the month before orientation (April), the second half is due at mid-term (November).

What else is important to know?

The program is intended to be both challenging and rewarding. A successful participant must be self- motivated and ready to devote a significant amount of time to studying and completing all aspects of the educational courses. The orientation week is designed to provide instruction in how to complete the program as well as introduce participants to their classmates and LifeShare support personnel. Joining a distance education program does not mean you are “in it alone”. LifeShare is committed to fostering a successful and supportive educational environment.

What is a mentor? Who can be a mentor? What does a mentor do?

A mentor is selected by the participant to be a local resource. Ideally a mentor will be an SBB(ASCP) or a Pathologist that is board certified in Transfusion Medicine. The mentor is available to counsel and guide the program participant as needed, including assistance with understanding challenging concepts and is available for routine communication with the Education Coordinator of the SBB program.

What is awarded after successful program completion?

Graduates of the program are awarded a certificate of completion.

When are applications due?

Acceptance notification is completed by February 1 each year. An application packet includes the admission application, college transcripts, mentor agreement and three reference forms. Completed application packets are due no later than Dec 15.

When can a graduate apply for the ASCP Board of Certification SBB exam?

A program participant may apply for the ASCP SBB exam near the end of the program year, and will be eligible to take the exam after passing the LBC final exam and satisfactorily completing all course requirements.

When does the program year start?

The program begins in May and is a 12-month course. The first week of May is spent onsite at LifeShare Blood Center in Shreveport, Louisiana for orientation.

Where can clinical rotations be completed?

Clinical rotations must be scheduled by each participant at appropriately selected facilities. These may include blood centers, hospital blood banks and transfusion services, or other esoteric laboratories.

Who is eligible to apply for the SBB program?

Requirements include:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university including biological science, chemistry and mathematics courses; or a master’s or doctorate degree in chemistry, biology, immunology, immunohematology, allied health or an appropriately related field. Refer to ASCP website for any additional information on requirements at www.ascp.org.
  • At least 2 years of post-baccalaureate full-time transfusion service or generalist blood bank laboratory experience.
  • United States citizenship/US legal residency/ Canadian residency
    Note: International applicants will be considered. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 110.
  • Undergraduate GPA ≥ 2.8 preferred. Lower GPA scores will be educated on a case-by-case basis.

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