Division of Transfusion Medicine

Specialist in Blood Banking Technology (SBB) Program

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Program Overview +

Specialists in Blood Banking are certified by the ASCP after meeting specified eligibility criteria and passing a certification exam.

The program is 52-week work-study, onsite training program that provides exposure to a variety of challenging opportunities in practical and theoretical skills in immunohematology and transfusion medicine.

Students are full time employees of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Transfusion Medicine division and must meet employment criteria to be eligible for the Specialist in Blood Banking program.

There is no tuition or fees for the program, but students are expected to fulfill the employment requirements. Students are responsible for expenses for travel and registration for rotations and enrichment activities.


Program Sponsorship and Accreditation Status +

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Specialist in Blood Banking program is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Hospital Medical Laboratories Pathology Department. The Transfusion Medicine division is accredited by the AABB and the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

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4550 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 700 North Tower
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-907-6977

College of American Pathologists (CAP)
325 Waukegan Road
Northfield, IL 60093
847-832-8000

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the AABB establish and maintain accreditation standards and guidelines for education programs in Specialist in Blood Banking Technology/Transfusion Medicine.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Specialist in Blood Banking program is accredited by CAAHEP.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350


Program Outcomes +
- 3 year SBB ASCP certification pass rate: 100%
- 5 year SBB ASCP certification pass rate: 100%
- 5 year Positive Placement: 100%
Positive placement is defined as the graduate having full or part time employment in a related field, and/or is continuing their education, and/or serving in the military.
Admissions Policy +
  1. Student qualifications
    • Eligibility for employment at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Medical Laboratories
      1. Applicant may request reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities (HR915).
    • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university including:
      1. Biology: at least 16 credit hours
      2. Chemistry: at least 16 credit hours
      3. Math: 3 credit hours
      4. Minimum GPA accepted is 2.5 (3.0 GPA preferred)
    • MT, MLS, or BB certification
    • Two years of full time blood bank experience by the program start date
    • Evidence of continuing education
  2. Application
    • Application deadline is November 30 for admission in September the following year.
    • Apply for employment at Johns Hopkins Hospital Transfusion Medicine
    • Application materials:
      1. Program application form (Request through inquiry link)
      2. Resume/curriculum Vitae
      3. Statement of intent (100 words or fewer)
      4. Official college/university transcript
      5. Three letters of reference
    • Forward all application materials to:
      Education & Development Coordinator, Transfusion Medicine
      Johns Hopkins Hospital
      Sheikh Zayed Tower 3100
      1800 Orleans Street
      Baltimore Maryland 21287
  3. Application Evaluation
    • All completed applications will be disseminated to the admissions committee to determine if an interview will be granted to the applicant.
      1. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.
      2. Applicants must meet minimum qualifications to be granted an interview.
  4. Interview
    • The applicant will be contacted to arrange a mutual convenient time for an interview with members of the admissions committee.
    • Interviews will typically be conducted in December and January.
    • Applicants will be rated based on:
      1. Academic ability
      2. Job experience
      3. Interview skills
      4. Career goals
      5. Potential to complete the program
  5. Status Notification
    • Those accepted for admission to the program will be contacted to offer the position.
      1. Accepted applicants are required to notify the program of their acceptance or declination within thirty (30) days of notification.
        1. If no response is received, the applicant's declination will be assumed.
    • Those not accepted for admission to the program will be sent letters of non-acceptance.
    • Those who have submitted an incomplete application will not be notified of their status.
      1. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the program.
  6. Employment
    • Prospective students will be required to become an employee of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Transfusion Medicine division and work a minimum of ninety (90) days prior to the start of the SBB program to allow for training.
    • Acceptance into the program may be rescinded if the prospective student that do not successfully complete the employment probationary period.
  7. Advanced Placement, Transfer Credits, and Experiential Learning
    • The Johns Hopkins Hospital Specialist in Blood Banking program does not offer advanced placement, transfer of course credits, or offer credit for experiential learning.

Program Goals +
The objective of the Johns Hopkins Hospital SBB program is to produce a highly trained individual who can function competently in multiple capacities while developing leadership qualities and confidence to work in a flexible and changing environment. The program will develop skills enhancing the students ability to respond to patient and employee needs by effectively communicating information to a broad variety of individuals.

The program is expected to prepare competent entry-level specialists in blood banking technology in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains and adequately prepare SBB graduates to successfully challenge the ASCP SBB certification exam.
Curriculum +
Required courses in the SBB program curriculum:
  • Fundamentals Course
  • Blood Donation and Components
  • Immunohematology Methods
  • Blood Groups
  • Anemia
  • Hemostasis
  • Transfusion Therapy
  • Cellular Therapy
  • Management
  • Capstone

Educational Activities +
  • Didactic Lecture - presentations provided by program faculty, instructional staff and guest lecturers based on the learning objectives.
  • Tutorial Sessions - Facilitated class discussion based on assigned reading materials.
  • Written Assessments - Exams, quizzes and projects to assess student learning.
  • Research Project - Perform a project with a mentor.
  • Performance of Laboratory Testing - Students are required to work a minimum of 60 shifts in specialized serologic testing.
  • Performance of Laboratory Management Activities - Students are required to participate in laboratory management activities.
  • Student Presentations - Students are required to present research articles and case studies.
  • Student Rotations - Students will have the opportunity to observe activities that are related to the field of transfusion medicine that are not directly related to the job duties.

Policies +
Attendance Policy
Students are employees of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and are managed by the criteria established in the Attendance Management Policy for employment. Students are required to work 40 hours per week with a maximum of ten absences during the academic year with some exceptions.

All classes in the SBB program are required and punctuality is expected.

Student Withdrawal or Dismissal
A student's matriculation through the Johns Hopkins Hospital SBB program may be terminated by two means, self-withdrawal or dismissal.

  1. Self-withdrawal - A student may choose to withdrawal from the program at any time for any reason. Withdrawal from the program will not impact their employment status. Students wanting to withdrawal from the program must complete the Voluntary Student Withdrawal form and submit to the Education & Development Coordinator.
  2. Dismissal - Program faculty may decide to remove the student from the program. The reason for dismissal may affect their employment status.
    • Causes that may not affect student's employment status:
      1. Failure to maintain an acceptable grade average as measured by examinations.
      2. Failure to complete multiple assignments on time.
      3. Failure to adhere to the attendance policy.
      4. Failure to demonstrate understanding of didactic and technical theory evidence by the student's inability to resolve serologic problems, select appropriate treatment methods, participate in intellectual exchange or explain concepts that have been previously discussed.
      5. Methods for Student Removal:
        1. Unsatisfactory program performance will be discussed with program faculty.
        2. Both verbal and written warnings will be used to notify the student of the unsatisfactory performance. Failure to demonstrate improvement will result in dismissal from the program.
        3. Follow-up evaluation will take place no later than one month after the initial written warning. If the student fails to demonstrate improvement, they will be dismissed from the program.
        4. Students dismissed from the program who believe they have been treated unfairly, discriminated against, or have had their rights abridged may initiate a grievance.
    • Causes that may affect student's employment status:
      1. Failure to follow established hospital personnel policies and procedures.
      2. Failure to follow standard operating procedures.
      3. Methods for Student Removal:
        1. Notification and corrective action will follow the Johns Hopkins Hospital Discipline policy.
        2. Students receiving a written reprimand as part of disciplinary action will be dismissed from the program.
        3. Students dismissed from the program for the reasons in 2b, are subject to the Johns Hopkins Hospital Discipline policy.
        4. Students dismissed from the program who believe they have been treated unfairly, discriminated against, or have had their rights abridged may initiate a grievance.

Grievance
Students dismissed from the program who believe they have been treated unfairly, discriminated against, or have had their rights abridged may initiate a grievance.

  1. Unsatisfactory academic performance, students may appeal their dismissal from the program, if the means of assessing the student's academic performance is arbitrary.
    • Based on attributes other than performance in the program.
    • Based on unreasonable expectations that are not defined in the program goals and curriculum.
  2. Unsatisfactory work performance, students may appeal their dismissal from the program and/or employment.
    • Students may pursue the Employee Appeals Process if a decision was made by the program that impacted the terms or condition of their educational status or employment.
  3. Program faculty and instructional staff may pursue the Employee Appeals Process (HR604) if a decision was made by the program that impacted the terms or condition of their employment.

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Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354