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SBB Admission Requirements 

The admission policy of the Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) program is non-discriminatory. If you meet the following requirements, you will be evaluated for admission into the program, regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin or disabling conditions.

Basic Requirements

  • Certification as a MT/MLS(ASCP)/ BB(ASCP) /NCA/ AMT or Canadian certification and a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, to include 16 semester hours of biology (with one semester of microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one semester of biochemistry) and one semester hour of math or a master's or doctorate degree in chemistry, biology, immunology, immunohematology, allied health or an appropriately related field.
  • At least three years of post-baccalaureate full-time transfusion service or generalist blood bank laboratory experience in the last six years.
  • United States citizenship/U.S. legal residency or Canadian residency
  • Undergraduate GPA greater than or equal to a 2.7.

Qualifying Questions

Before completing the online application, you will be asked the following three qualifying questions. If your answer is no to any of the questions, you will not be able to complete the application.

  • Do you meet the certification requirements outlined above?
  • Do you have three years of post-baccalaureate full-time transfusion service or generalist blood bank laboratory experience within the last 6 years?
  • Are you a U.S. citizen/ U.S. legal resident or Canadian resident?
  • Do you have an undergraduate GPA greater than or equal to 2.7?

Other Requirements

  • You are responsible for your own housing, books, reagents and supplies, transportation and medical insurance.
  • You must also have access to a laptop/ tablet computer with web cam, productivity package such as Microsoft Office that includes spreadsheets and word processing programs and Internet access: wireless and non-wireless network connection. 
  • You must have basic computing skills including knowledge of an office productivity suite (Microsoft Office or other), e-mail and Internet browsers.

If you are accepted into the program, you will have access to the libraries of Indiana Blood Center and electronic access to the Moody Medical Library at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

More Information and Next Steps

SBB Online Application

About the SBB Program

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Contact Jayanna Slayten, Education Coordinator.

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