Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Post-Graduate Categorical Certificate Program Specialist in Blood Banking


Applicants to the UTMB Specialist in Blood Banking Program are initially evaluated based on numerical scoring for several areas, including GPA, previous certifications, type, length and location of experience in Transfusion Medicine, professional references and a personal narrative. Professional memberships. awards and presentations or publications are also evaluated. For the 2019, 2020 and 2021 classes, the average overall GPAs of the accepted applicants were 3.21, 3.33 and 3.12, respectively.

Admission Requirements

All application materials must be submitted by September 15th.

Applications received after this date may be considered for the current year if there is class space available; otherwise, they will be considered for the following year.

Applications are no longer being accepted for the SBB 2021 class.

Applications are being accepted for the 2022 class.

Admission Requirements
  1. Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in medical laboratory science, biology, or a related science.
  2. Have a minimum of two full years Post-Baccalaureate work experience relevant to an immunohematology area within an institution accredited by a recognized accrediting agency.
  3. Be currently employed in some aspect of Blood Banking..
  4. Complete an application for admission, including official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework from all institutions attended.
  5. Have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 (on a scale of 4.0) for the SBB Certificate program.
  6. Identify a mentor (preferably SBB or MD) who is willing to assist with answering questions, locating facilities for required clinical experience and monitoring student progress through the SBB training.
  7. Submit three letters of recommendation.

International applicants will be considered. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score.

Application Process
  1. Submit a copy of all undergraduate and graduate college transcripts and MT/MLS training (if applicable). College transcripts submitted for initial review should be unofficial copies or photocopies when possible. You must have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree.
    • International applicants must submit results of an extended equivalency report from an agency approved by UTMB. UTMB accepts Foreign Credentials Services of America and World Education Services, Inc. You must have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent (if an international student).
  2. Prepare a narrative answering the following questions:
    • How did you develop an interest in Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine?
    • Why do you want to be a Specialist in Blood Bank Technology?
    • Why did you apply to the UTMB SBB program?
    • What would you like to be doing in 5 years?
    • Why do you think you are qualified to do the distance education program? Outline any previous distance education courses you have completed.
  3. Applicants must also submit the following:
  4. Send the above required items for initial evaluation to:
    • Diana L. Riddle, MSTM, MLS(ASCP)cmSBBcm
      Assistant Professor
      Clinical Laboratory Sciences
      UTMB School of Health Professions
      301 University Blvd.
      Galveston, TX 77555-1140
      E: (preferred)
      F: 409-291-5498
  5. Applications are reviewed and evaluated upon receipt of all requirements. A numerical system based on grades from undergraduate courses, personal narrative, type and length of experience, references and other miscellaneous items will determine the student's qualification for this program. If the applicant meets the required number of points, he/she will be notified and provided additional information about the UTMB enrollment process.
  6. Applicants for the SBB program will be notified by October 31st if they meet the initial qualification.
  7. Additional SBB program information will be provided to SBB applicants. Applicants who wish to continue with the application process will then apply through UTMB Enrollment Services.
Official University Application

After initial CLS review, qualified applicants will be notified of requirements for completing the UTMB enrollment process.

International Students

Applicants whose tertiary-level education has been completed at international institutions in a non-English speaking country must meet the following requirements, in addition to providing the credentials for their prospective program

  1. Take and score satisfactorily on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if the native language is not English. A minimum satisfactory score is a total of 550 for the TOEFL PBT (or a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL iBT (internet based)) or 6.5 for IELTS; however, TOEFL or IELTS score requirements are one of the many criteria of a student's admission, and the requirement could vary based upon previous education, GPA, and related factors. Test of Spoken English is recommended for applicants to the SBB program.
  2. Submit an acceptable English translation with the transcripts if the transcripts are not in English. If the degree is not indicated on transcript, a copy of the diploma and/or certificate issued by the school is required.

A summary of TOEFL Requirements for International Students is available on the UTMB SHP Academic and Student Affairs web page. International transcripts must be evaluated by an approved agency.

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