SBB Programs

There are a number of accredited programs throughout the United States that offer education and experience towards becoming a Blood Bank specialist. Completion of a program will give you the necessary immunohematological knowledge to confidently sit for your certification exam SBB(ASCP).

Many programs have a major online component. The majority of the theory/background/etc will be done as distance learning using online modules. The clinical 'on-site' portion can be done at the student's choice within reason. Generally, they can do their clinical portion at their current location if employed in the clinical lab. If not, they may be able to choose a hospital in their area or travel to the program area.

In Alphabetical Order by State:


LifeSouth Community Blood Centers
12 month program with a student body of 5 pupils.

 OneBlood, Inc. -- St. Petersburg FL
Another Florida based Blood Center offering a 12 month program and a student body of 8.


Rush University -- Online
One year university based program with an average class size of 15 students. Program is available online from the university


LifeShare Blood Center -- Shreveport/Online
One year blood center based program featuring a mostly online learning environment. The first week of the program is spent at the blood center in Shreveport. The remaining portion of the program is online/distance learning. 6 student class.

University Medical Center New Orleans -- New Orleans/Online
One year university medical center based program with a mostly online learning environment as well. The first three days are to be spent on campus as part of orientation. The rest is online didactic and clinical rotations at a hospital of the students choosing. 6 student capacity.


Johns Hopkins University Hospital -- Baltimore
An intensive 12 month "work study" program at a world renowned university hospital. Students are actually brought on as employees of the transfusion medicine department during their tenure in this program. It is an ON-SITE program. There is no tuition for this program due to the expectation of employment for the 12month period. 3 student capacity.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center-- Bethesda
Similar to JHU, this is a 12 month work study program where students are expected to serve as part time employees of the department. Thus, this is another purely on-site program. 3 students per year.


The American Red Cross -- St. Paul
A 12 month program at one of the US's largest blood suppliers. 2 students are chosen per program year and work as employees of the ARC Immunohematology Reference Lab.


Biobridge Global and University Health System -- San Antonio/Online
 12 month program offered via a partnership between BioBridge Global and University Hospital - University Health. Accepts two to five students per year. This is an online hybrid as many others are. Clinical rotations are spent at locations under students discretion. 
University of Texas Medical Branch -- Galveston/Online
A twelve month program in a university medical center setting. In addition to an SBB certification, they offer a Masters in Transfusion Medicine. Per their website "All instruction is provided via distance technology and students can do clinical rotations at their place of employment or other facilities of their choice." Up to 25 students accepted. 


Versiti Wisconin Inc. -- Milwaukee 
18-24 month program in a Blood Center and Reference Lab setting. Per their website " SBB students spend approximately 3 hours per week attending lectures, either in person or remotely. Students are required to attend all lectures during their first year". Four students per year. 


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