Specialists in Blood Bank Technology Program

Online application is now closed for the 2018/2019 school year, it will re-open December 01, 2018 for the 2019/2020 school year.

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).

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.

CURRICULUM 

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. 

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENT

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.

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:   March 16, 2018
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.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTION: 

Step 1: Complete the online application below. An application fee of $50 will be required to complete the form.

Step 2: Download and complete these additional forms.

Step 3: Once complete, email the forms to the SBB education coordinator here.

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.
 

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.