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Susan T, Johnson, MSTM, MT(ASCP)SBB

Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) Program

Specialist in Blood Banking at Versiti

SBB Program Overview

Versiti Wisconsin’s SBB program was established in 1965. Onsite faculty are experts in:

  • Transfusion Medicine
  • Platelet and Neutrophil Immunology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Histocompatibility and Transplantation
  • Immunohematology

SBB students learn all aspects of:

  • Blood collection, donor testing and component preparation
  • Hemapheresis, donor management and blood inventory management
  • Immunohematology, compatibility testing and transfusion therapy
  • Hemostasis and platelet and neutrophil immunology
  • HLA and transplantation, and molecular genetics
  • Quality systems, administrative procedures and educational techniques

SBB students will graduate 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

SBB Program Outcomes

  • First-time pass rate for the SBB ASCP Board of Certification exam: 91.7% (2014-2016)
  • 5-year average pass rate: 95.2% (2012-2016)
  • Graduates are successful in advancing their career, with a 5-year placement rate of 100%

SBB Program Information

  • Program Curriculum

    SBB students can expect to complete the program in 18 months to 2.5 years in this structured, yet self-paced, format. 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.

    Time in clinicals varies depending on the student's schedule, experience and location, but on average, students require 8-16 hours per week to complete. SBB students are also required to complete a guided research project as part of the program.

    Curriculum Components:

    • Clinical experience in one or more of the Versiti partners (BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Heartland Blood Centers, Indiana Blood Center or Michigan Blood) for hands-on training
    • SBB Series Lectures presented by Versiti staff and invited speakers
    • Research practicum under the guidance of a mentor
       

    The quality of our program, coupled with teamwork and cooperative learning, are all part of the student experience. Our students have an exceptional rate of passing the SBB Board of Certification exam, and boast successful careers upon graduation.

    Credits earned during the two-year program can be applied toward a Master of Science in Transfusion Medicine degree at Marquette University.

    Versiti SBB Accreditation

    Versiti is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Specialist in Blood Banking Technology Committee on Accreditation.

    CAAHEP
    25400 US Highway 19 North
    Suite 158
    Clearwater, FL 33763

    Phone: 727-210-2350
    Fax: 727-210-2354

  • Application Process

    Program Entrance Requirements

    Applications for admission to the SBB program will be available between January 3 and April 1. 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.
    • One of the following two options:
      • 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.
      • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university with a major in a biological or physical science, including the required courses listed above.
         

    Individuals interested in applying to the program must also provide the following:

    • Completed online application form. Applications are ONLY accepted January 1-April 1.
    • Three letters of recommendation, including one from a current supervisor
    • College transcripts, including laboratory training records, if applicable (Certified Medical Laboratory Scientists, MLS (ASCP) or MT (ASCP) applicants do not need to provide training records)
    • 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
       

    SBB Certificate Program Fees

    • SBB Certificate Program Fee: minimum of $1,033 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 toward 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.
       

    Please submit all documentation to:

    Chantae Schwartz
    Versiti
    P.O. Box 2178
    Milwaukee, WI 53201-2178

    For further information, please contact:

    Phyllis Kirchner, MSTM, MT (ASCP) SH, SBB
    Versiti
    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 the SBB program, students have the opportunity to continue their studies toward a Master of Science degree at Marquette University.

    Students specialize in 1 of 3 areas:

    • Business Administration
    • Education
    • Science
       

    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 Degree Requirements

    Please note: Applicants must be enrolled in BloodCenter of Wisconsin's SBB program in order to be eligible to apply for the Master of Science program in Transfusion Medicine at Marquette University.

    Students in the Transfusion Medicine Master's 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.
    • 19.5 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 Degree 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

    Marquette University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC):

    Higher Learning Commission
    30 N LaSalle St. Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504
    Phone: 800-621-7440 or 312-263-0456
    Fax: 312-263-7462

  • International Students

    M.S. 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 Versiti. This will require duplication of certain documents as part of both applications.

    Please note that Versiti 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 is 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 and 16 semester hours of chemistry
    • 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 SBB Program must be submitted by April 1 for potential admission beginning in the fall term of that year. The following must be completed:

    Online Application

    Completed application form. Applications for Fall 2018 will be open January 1 through April 1, 2018

    Application packet materials include:

    • An evaluation verifying degree equivalency and a subject breakdown. Submit the original or notarized copy of the evaluation. Please review 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; official documents must be submitted to Marquette)
       

    SBB Certificate Program Fees

    • SBB Certificate Program Fee: minimum of $1,033 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 toward 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.
       

    Your completed application packet for the SBB Program must be sent to:

    Chantae Schwartz
    Versiti
    P.O. Box 2178
    Milwaukee, WI 53201

    For further information, please contact:

    Phyllis Kirchner, MSTM, MT(ASCP) SH, SBB
    Versiti
    P.O. Box 2178
    Milwaukee, WI 53201-2178
    Phone (414) 937-6271
    Fax (414) 937-6404
    phyllis.kirchner@bcw.edu

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