Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) program

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The Specialist in Blood Banking Technology (SBB) program at BloodCenter of Wisconsin gives students the skills necessary to become leaders in the field. We have one of the longest running training programs in the country for Specialists in Blood Banking technology. Our program is an integrated curriculum with an on-site emphasis. Additionally, our program is one of the few that also offers a Master’s Degree program.

Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB)
Technology Program Overview
The SBB program at BloodCenter of Wisconsin was instituted in 1965. BloodCenter’s SBB onsite faculty are experts in their given areas of expertise:
  • Transfusion Medicine
  • Platelet and Neutrophil Immunology
  • Cellular immunology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Histocompatibility
  • Immunohematology 
BloodCenter SBB students learn all aspects of:
  • Blood collection, donor testing, component preparation
  • Hemapheresis, donor management, blood inventory management
  • Immunohematology, compatibility testing, transfusion therapy
  • Hemostasis, platelet and neutrophil immunology
  • HLA and transplantation, molecular genetics
  • Quality systems, administrative procedures, and educational techniques
 
BloodCenter of Wisconsin's SBB Program provides its graduates with:
  • Expertise in all areas of transfusion medicine
  • Experience in respected diagnostic reference laboratories
  • Interaction with internationally recognized researchers, lecturers, and educators
  • Research experience
  • Graduate credits

Specialist in Blood Banking Program Curriculum 
BloodCenter SBB students can complete the program in 1 to 2 years in this structured, yet self-paced format. SBB students spend approximately 15 to 20 hours per week on-site at BloodCenter of Wisconsin. This usually involves 10 to 16 hours in clinical rotations and 4 hours in lectures. This time varies depending on the student’s schedule. SBB students are also required to complete a guided research project as part of the program.

There are 3 main components of the curriculum:
  • Clinical experience in various BloodCenter departments for hands-on training
  • SBB Series Lectures presented by BloodCenter staff and invited speakers, many recognized experts
  • Research practicum under the guidance of a mentor.
The quality of our program, coupled with teamwork, cooperative learning camaraderie and a little fun thrown in are all part of the student experience. The result? Our students have an exceptional rate of passing the SBB Board of Certification exam and very successful careers upon graduating from our program.
 
Credits earned during the two-year program can be applied toward a Master of Science in Transfusion Medicine degree at Marquette University.
 
BloodCenter of Wisconsin SBB Accreditation

Specialist in Blood Banking Application Process
Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) Program Entrance Requirements
Applications for admission to the 2015 SBB program will be available between January 1 and April 1, 2015. Final selections are determined by mid-June; the program begins in September.
 
Applicants must meet the following Board of Registry requirements for SBB/American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP)certification:
  • One year of full-time clinical laboratory experience with an emphasis/interest in blood banking preferred.
  • In addition, one of the following two options is required:
    - MT/MLS(ASCP) or BB(ASCP) certification and a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science, 16 semester hours of chemistry, and one semester of mathematics. 
    - Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university with a major in a biological or physical science, including the required courses listed above.
  • Completed on-line application form.  Please note: Applications for the Fall 2014 class are now closed. Applications for Fall 2015 will be accepted starting January 1, 2015.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from current supervisor
  • College transcripts including laboratory training records, if applicable.
  • List of continuing education for the last two years.
  • Letter of intent stating reasons for application to this program and how SBB certification will impact their professional life and further their career.
Individuals interested in applying to the program must also provide the following:
Please submit all documentation to:  
Sandi Jacobson
BloodCenter of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 2178
Milwaukee, WI 53201-2178

SBB Certificate Program Fees
SBB Certificate Program Fee - Minimum of $4,830 paid in installments.  Fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

*A $50 application fee to Marquette University’s Graduate Program is also required once the student has been accepted to the SBB Certificate program. Admitted students are in non-degree status while earning 18 credits from the SBB program. These 18 credits may be used towards a 39/40-credit Master of Science in Transfusion Medicine degree. There is a dual admission policy with BloodCenter of Wisconsin and Marquette University.
 
For Master of Science in Transfusion Medicine, Marquette University graduate credit hour tuition rates apply. 
 
For further information, please contact:
 
Phyllis Kirchner, MSTM, MT(ASCP) SH, SBB
BloodCenter of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 2178
Milwaukee, WI 53201-2178
Phone (414) 937-6271
Fax (414) 937-6404
phyllis.kirchner@bcw.edu

Master of Science in Transfusion Medicine  
The Master of Science in Transfusion Medicine (TRME) program is an ongoing collaboration between Marquette University and BloodCenter of Wisconsin. After successful completion of BloodCenter of Wisconsin's SBB Program, students have the opportunity to continue their studies toward a Master of Science degree at Marquette University.
 
Students choose to specialize in 1 of 3 areas: The first 18 credits, consisting of the SBB Program, must be completed at BloodCenter of Wisconsin within 2 years of starting the program. An additional 21-22 credits are completed exclusively at Marquette University. (SBB students have the option to enroll at Marquette prior to completing the SBB Program if it does not interfere with their coursework at BloodCenter of Wisconsin.)
 
Master’s requirements
Please note: Applicants must be enrolled in BloodCenter of Wisconsin's independent course of study, the Specialist in Blood Banking Technology Program, in order to be eligible to apply for the Master of Science program in Transfusion Medicine at Marquette University.
 
A student in the Transfusion Medicine program must complete a minimum of 39 credit hours of graduate-level course work:
  • 18 credit hours in transfusion medicine (TRME) courses offered at BloodCenter of Wisconsin.
  • 19 credit hours in the business administration specialty, OR 18 credit hours in the education or science sub specialties.
  • 3 credit hours of capstone essay work. (Under certain conditions, a student may complete an additional 3 credit hours of coursework and write a thesis instead of an essay.)
 
Master’s Application Process
Admission to the Master’s Degree in Transfusion Medicine (TRME) Program requires that the student submit an application to the Marquette University Graduate School. This application process requires the following:
  • A completed application form and application fee
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges (except Marquette University)
  • Three letters of recommendation
International applicants - please refer to the MS in Transfusion Medicine for International Students tab for application requirements.
 
All application materials must be submitted to:
Marquette University Graduate School
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53012-1881

MS in Transfusion Medicine for International Students 
International students are required to simultaneously complete the Transfusion Medicine Master's degree program at Marquette University and the Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) certificate program at BloodCenter of Wisconsin (BCW). This will require duplication of certain documents as part of both applications.
 
Please note that BloodCenter of Wisconsin does not have a visa program and is not able to sponsor students who require a student visa. Such students must apply for admission to Marquette University, and must work with the Marquette University Graduate School and Office of International Education to be admitted and receive a visa.
 
Therefore, international students should begin the application process with Marquette University early. The following information is available on the Marquette University website, and should be reviewed prior to completing any application:

Prerequisite for Admission
One year of full-time clinical laboratory experience is required prior to admission, and an emphasis/interest in blood banking preferred.
In addition, one of the following two options is required: (ASCP Certification Requirements)
  • MT/MLS(ASCP) or BB(ASCP) certification and a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science, 16 semester hours of chemistry and one semester hour of mathematics.
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university with a major in a biological or physical science, including the required courses listed above.
 
Application to the SBB Program
Application for admission to the 2014 SBB Program is now closed. Application for admission to the SBB Program must be submitted by April 1 for potential admission beginning in the fall term of that year. The following must be completed:
 
On-Line Application
Completed application form. Please note: The application form is only open to accept your information between January 1 and April 1.  Applications for Fall 2014 are now closed.  Applications for Fall 2015 will be accepted starting January 1, 2015.
 
Application Packet Materials include: 
  • An evaluation verifying degree equivalency and a subject breakdown. Submit the original or notarized copy of the evaluation. Acceptable evaluation agencies for foreign transcripts.
  • Laboratory training records (if appropriate)
  • List of continuing education for the last two years
  • Three original letters of recommendation signed by the individual. One must be from your current supervisor
  • Letter of intent regarding your desire to obtain SBB certification and Master's degree in Transfusion Medicine
  • GRE and TOEFL scores (copies of official documents accepted at BloodCenter of Wisconsin while official documents must be submitted to Marquette)
 
Your completed application packet for the SBB Program must be sent to:
Sandi Jacobson
BloodCenter of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 2178
Milwaukee, WI 53201-2178
 
Application to Marquette University
Your online application to Marquette University must be submitted before sending any supporting documentation to Marquette. It is preferred that all documents being sent by the applicant be included in one package. Letters of recommendation should be sent electronically by the recommender as part of the online application, but may, if the recommender prefers, be sent via paper letter. TOEFL and GRE scores must come directly from the Educational Testing Service. Marquette will also require an evaluation verifying degree equivalency and a subject breakdown. Submit the original or notarized copy of the evaluation. Acceptable evaluation agencies for foreign transcripts.
 
*A $50 application fee to Marquette University’s Graduate Program is required
 
SBB Certificate Program Fees
SBB Certificate Program Fee - Minimum of $4,690 paid in installments. Fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.
 
For Master of Science in Transfusion Medicine, Marquette University graduate credit hour tuition rates apply for all courses that are not taught at BloodCenter. Approximately 18 credits towards the Master of Science in Transfusion Medicine are taught at BloodCenter, and another 21-22 credits are taught at Marquette, for which normal graduate tuition will apply.
 
Student Selection Process
SBB committee interviews candidates that have completed applications and have met expectations for the position in May. International candidates for the 2013 program will be notified of their acceptance in mid-June. There is a dual admission policy with BloodCenter of Wisconsin and Marquette University. Students are accepted into the BloodCenter SBB program prior to acceptance to Marquette University's Graduate School.

For further information, please contact:
Phyllis Kirchner, MSTM, MT(ASCP) SH, SBB
BloodCenter of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 2178
Milwaukee, WI 53201-2178
Phone (414) 937-6271
Fax (414) 937-6404
phyllis.kirchner@bcw.edu