Specialists in Blood Bank Technology Program
Online application is now closed for the 2019/2020 school year. The application will reopen for the 2020/2021 school year on November 4, 2019.
THE SBB PROGRAM
The Specialists in Blood Bank Technology (SBB) Program is a 12-month distance/online learning program.
The program is accredited by AABB in cooperation with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Our program has been in existence since 2006, but due to changes in Laboratory Management and facility affiliations was put inactive in January 2015. However, in October 2017 we were placed back on active status. During our active status we had 2 students in our 2010-2011 class, yielding a 100% pass rate, these two students passed the SBB exam on their first attempt. We currently have 3 students enrolled and are expected to graduate June 2019.
1 year total 2019 to 2018 - Pending
3 year total 2021 to 2018 - Pending
5 year total 2017 to 2013 – Not applicable
7 year total 2017 to 2011 – 100%
The SBB curriculum is designed to prepare students to assume advanced positions as technical specialists in the field of blood banking and to take the Specialists in Blood Banking (SBB) national exam administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) to obtain SBB certification.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded a certificate of completion. No college credit is given.
All course materials and tests are completed online with clinical work and practical exams completed at program-approved locations chosen by the student. The clinical practicum offers the opportunity to gain experience in specialized laboratories at University Hospital and BioBridge Global. (For on-site students)
Electives are available to complement the student’s career objectives and provide the requisite knowledge to complete a required research project.
Curriculum is designed to provide specialized knowledge in transfusion medicine, immunology, histocompatibility, hematology and molecular biology.
Students are eligible for admission into the SBB program provided they meet specific education, work experience and other requirements.
- Have completed a baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry or a related field.
- Have obtained and maintained a current ASCP certification.
- Have a minimum of TWO year post-baccalaureate full-time work experience in clinical blood bank or transfusion service.
Additional requirements are listed/represented on the application.
All applicants are considered without regard to race, sex, national origin, age, religion or disability.
Application Deadline: February 15, 2019
Fees: Application- $50; Tuition- $5,000
Start date: 1st week in June
Positions accepted: 2-5 (approximate)
On-site educational training: Mandatory first week of program, San Antonio, Texas.
Applications for admissions may be obtained at www.biobridgeglobal.org or www.universityhealthsystem.com
Note: Applicants from countries where English is not the native language are required to submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have an evaluation of their transcript of credits from an acceptable agency.
Step 1: Online application is now CLOSED. The application will reopen for the 2020/2021 school year on November 4, 2019.
Step 3: Once complete, email the forms to the SBB education coordinator here.
On-site Laboratory Locations
- South Texas Blood and Tissue - supplies blood and blood components to area hospital patients
- QualTex Laboratories - one of the largest, independent, nonprofit testing laboratories in the United States offering testing services for global biotechnology customers
- GenCure - taps the power of human cells and tissues to heal by using advances in regenerative medicine
- The Blood and Tissue Center Foundation - raises awareness and funds to support the many life-saving activities of BBG
Trauma (Level I trauma center)
Solid organ transplant (liver, lung, kidney, pancreas)
General surgery and specialty surgery services
Hematology and oncology
Obstetrics and gynecology
Neonatal intensive care unit (Level I-IV)
General acute care and intensive care units
SBB PROGRAM CONTACTS
Education Coordinator: Lorena Aranda, MSHS, MT,BB, SBB (ASCP) CM
Director - Immunohematology Reference Laboratory
BioBridge Global | 6211 IH 10 West | San Antonio, TX 78201
Phone: (210) 731-5555 | Fax: (210) 731-4417 | Email
Program Director: Leslie Greebon MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Section Chief, Transfusion Medicine
University Hospital | 4502 Medical Drive | San Antonio, TX 78229
Phone: (210) 567-4121 | Fax: (210) 561-0409 | Email
SBB CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
After successful completion of the program, individuals may follow any career path within the blood bank/transfusion medicine profession. This includes regulatory experts, quality assessors, technical directors, laboratory administrators, educators and researchers.