Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) and Transfusion Medicine Program

The American Red Cross offers a year-long program which incorporates all aspects of blood center operations: whole blood collection, apheresis collections, blood component preparation, donor testing and deferral management; and curriculum devoted to aiding in the solution of complex transfusion-related problems, including selection of rare donor units for patients’ needs. Hospital and other facility rotations are included in the program for observation of advanced transfusion medicine practices, such as HLA, Transplantation Medicine, Stem Cell processing, and Molecular testing. This site provides the learner with the didactic portion of the program.

These courses, unlike most of SUCCESS® content, do not provide SUCCESS CEU/CME credit but do offer the learner who successfully completes the SBB program a certificate that qualifies them to sit for the SBB exam and, upon passing, will enable an individual to pursue many career paths: working in a hospital, immunohematology reference laboratory, blood center, governmental agency, or other healthcare-related industry. Depending on an SBB’s interest and skills, roles in administration, management/supervision, clinical research, and teaching are possible.

The American Red Cross SBB Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Specialist in Blood Bank Technology Schools, sponsored by the AABB.

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If you have any questions or comments about past or future postings, please contact Marty Moore (Marty.Moore@redcross.org).

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Donor Qualification, Blood Collection, and Testing Immune Hemolytic Anemias
Component Manufacturing Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn
Blood Group Genetics HLA and Transplantation
Rh Blood Group System Serologic Testing
Kell, Duffy, Kidd, MNS, and Lutheran Blood Group Systems Molecular Testing
HLA, Platelet, and Granulocyte Blood Group Systems Laboratory Operations
Other, Miscellaneous Blood Group Systems Regulations, Patient Blood Management, and Blood Utilization Auditing
Immunology Pretransfusion Testing
Hemostasis and Coagulation Blood Administration
Physiology of Blood, Basic Hematology, and Anemias Adverse Effects of Transfusion
ABO and Other Carbohydrate Blood Group Systems Transfusion Support Special Considerations


Last modified: Monday, September 23, 2019, 10:54 AM