Specialists in Blood Bank Technology Program

Online application is now closed for the 2020/2021 school year. 


The Specialists in Blood Bank Technology (SBB) Program is a 12-month distance/online learning program. 

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the recommendation by the Committee on Accreditation of Specialist in Blood Bank Technology (CoA-SBBT). CAAHEP is the accrediting body and acts upon recommendation from the CoA-SBBT.

Contact CAAHEP
Mailing address: 25400 US Highway 19 North Suite 158 | Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354
E-mail: mail@caahep.org
Website: https://www.caahep.org/CoA-SBBT

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. 


  • Percent of Grads Passing - 3-year total (Average 2019+2018+2017): 100%
  • Percent of Grads Passing - 5-year total (Average 2019 through 2015): 100%
  • Percent of Grads Passing - 7-year total (Average 2019 through 2013): 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.

Goals of the Program:
This program is the Specialist in Blood Bank Technology Education Program. This is in partnership with University Health System and BioBridge Global and its affiliates. The program minimum expectations is to: To prepare competent entry-level Specialist in Blood Bank Technology/Transfusion Medicine (SBBT/TM) in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Minimum expectation is to be able to achieve at least an 80% grade level in all curriculum set forth in this program.

All homework, quizzes, research project, journal reviews 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.

The 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. 

Applicants must:

  • 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.

Physical requirements (Technical standards): Requires manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination. Will require walking, bending, and prolonged sitting and/or standing. Required to carry up to 25 lbs. and occasionally lift up to 40 lbs.

Additional requirements are listed/represented on the application. 

All applicants are considered without regard to race, sex, national origin, age, religion or disability.

Application Reopens:   For next class in November
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.

On-site Laboratory Locations

BioBridge Global
BBG is a nonprofit company that oversees and supports the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, QualTex Laboratories, GenCure, and The Blood and Tissue Center Foundation. For more than 35 years, our team of dedicated professionals has made life-saving connections. Our diverse services bridge critical medical industry needs with innovative solutions.
  • 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
University Hospital
University Hospital is a 716-bed teaching hospital that provides transfusion services to diverse adult and pediatric patient populations: 
  • 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
Annually, more than 18,000 red cell units, 8,000 plasma units and 4,000 platelet doses are transfused. Transfusion Medicine oversees the therapeutic apheresis program, where more than 400 therapeutic apheresis procedures and red cell exchanges are performed annually. The hospital-based donor services collects whole blood and apheresis-based allogeneic blood products from more than 5,000 donors annually.


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


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.