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Specialist in Blood Banking Certificate Program

Now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 class.
Applications are due by April 12, 2024.

An online curriculum to propel your career and personal development.

The LifeSouth Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) certificate program is an independent educational program offering training in all aspects of blood banking and transfusion medicine including: blood collection, product manufacturing, transfusion medicine practice, immunohematology, specialized laboratory testing, quality systems, process control, education, and management. The curriculum and rotations are designed to improve your knowledge and technical abilities, preparing you to advance your career and successfully pass the ASCP SBB accreditation exam.


About the Program

The comprehensive lectures and materials are provided by skilled faculty members and regularly reviewed for quality and accuracy. The program is designed to be completed remotely. Students may complete the required clinical experience and rotations through LifeSouth or at local, approved facilities.

Students who successfully complete the LifeSouth SBB program with a grade average of at least 80% may be eligible for course credit in the University of Texas Medical Branch Master of Science in Transfusion Medicine program. Visit for more information.

The LifeSouth Specialist in Blood Banking Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Committee on Accreditation of Specialist in Blood Bank Technology and Transfusion Medicine.

LifeSouth Program Outcomes

Program Year

Number of Graduates Number of Graduates taking accreditation exam to date Passing Rate
2020-2021 4 4 75%
2021-2022 3 2 100%
2022-2023 1 1 100%



Course No. Title Description
CLLS 5260 Blood Bank Laboratory Operations Lab operations, quality management, regulations, education, validation, Patient Blood Management
CLLS 5261 Human Blood Groups I Immunology, genetics, ABO, Lewis, P, Ii, MNSs blood groups
CLLS 5262 Human Blood Groups II Rh, Kell, Kidd, Duffy, Lutheran, Knops, and miscellaneous blood groups, including high and low incidence antigens
CLLS 5263 Advanced Immunohematology I Serological techniques, problem solving, pre-transfusion testing, rare donors, special transfusion situations, intraoperative salvage, blood administration, blood component therapy, transfusion reactions
CLLS 5264 Advanced Immunohematology II Donor recruitment, collection, testing, processing, transfusion transmitted diseases
CLLS 5360 Advanced Transfusion Medicine Principles Circulation, RBC/WBC/platelet disorders, anemias, abnormal hemoglobins, Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn, Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemias, HLA system, transplantation, Graft vs Host Disease

Clinical Rotations

The clinical rotations add real world experience to the didactic lessons to solidify your understanding of the content.

Apheresis Collections
Blood product collections and therapeutic procedures performed with apheresis technology.

Blood Product Distribution
Movement of blood products throughout the distribution system.

Use of coagulation testing to diagnose patient conditions as well as determine the optimal blood product for transfusion.

Component Manufacturing
Production of blood products, component modification, product QC, and product testing methodologies.

Donor Collection
Donor eligibility, collection, and adverse reactions.

Donor Testing
Required tests and methodologies for ensuring blood is safe to transfuse.

Testing and use HLA data in transfusion medicine and transplantation.

Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells (HPCs)
Donation, processing, storage, and use of HPCs.

Intraoperative Salvage
Techniques and procedures for blood salvage during surgery.

Duties and strategies for supervision of employees in the laboratory.

Medical Director
Duties and functions of the Medical Director, and role in transfusion therapy decisions.

Mobile Collections (optional)
Collection of blood products outside of a blood center.

Molecular Testing
Isolation of DNA and use in transfusion medicine.

Product Quality Control 
Testing and monitoring required for the production of blood products.

Quality Assurance
Functions of the Quality Assurance department and overview of the regulations surrounding blood banking.

Recruitment and retention of donors at the blood center.

Reference Laboratory
Advanced techniques in immunohematology.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

  • National accreditation as a Medical Technologist in Immunohematology.
  • External applicants: At least three years of full-time clinical experience in blood banking in an accredited laboratory within the last five years. These three years of experience must have been acquired after completion of a baccalaureate degree.
  • Internal applicants: At least two years of full-time clinical experience in LifeSouth’s IRL laboratory within the last five years. These two years of experience must have been acquired after completion of a baccalaureate degree.

Admissions Information

Application Deadline

Applications for the 2024-2025 class are OPEN! Applications are due by April 12th, 2024.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • LifeSouth SBB Program Application
  • Two professional letters of recommendation.
  • Copy of all undergraduate and graduate college transcripts and MT/MLS training (if applicable).
  • College transcripts submitted for initial review may be unofficial copies or photocopies when possible. You must have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Current CV or resume listing all previous experience and education.
  • Personal Statement (1-2 pages) including discussion of:
    • Career goals
    • Professional strengths
    • Experiences or qualities that will help the applicant succeed in a distance learning program
    • How this program will affect your professional life
    • List of any honors, awards, and activities that may be applicable (such as organization memberships, publications, and presentations at seminars or meetings
  • SBB Applicant Experience Documentation form.
  • Agreement for SBB Student Mentoring form with mentor’s CV or resume showing experience and education.
  • Facility Information form to show where you currently work and/or plan to gain clinical experiences.
  • Facility’s Memo of Understanding to indicate that your facility will support your SBB training.
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the US.

Student Selection Criteria

LifeSouth provides equal opportunity to all persons, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, transgender status, gender identification, disability, status as a protected veteran, national origin, color or any other classification in accordance with federal, state and local statues, regulations and ordinances.

Evaluation Process

The admissions process is designed to consider all aspects of an applicant’s academic record and personal experiences. The admissions review process tries to balance the subjective and objective components of the application. Admission officers can exercise flexibility and professional judgment in their reviews and decisions, but they also must apply consistent standards. Every evaluation retains a focus on academic achievement and the applicant’s overall potential for success during and after completion of the program.