In order to meet military hospital and combat needs, the military requires qualified personnel to preserve a safe and secure blood supply for our military community. The Blood Bank Fellowship is an 18-month program which trains clinical laboratory officers from all three branches of the armed forces (Army, Navy and Air Force) in the advanced, specialized blood bank topics required in today’s healthcare industry. At the completion of the 18-month program, officers graduate with a Master of Science from George Washington University.
Students take courses in immunology, cellular and molecular biology, transfusion transmitted diseases, transfusion services and donor center operations/management. Other courses include accreditation/federal regulatory requirements, such as quality systems and current good manufacturing practices as established by the Food and Drug Administration and the AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks).
The Blood Bank Fellowship is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the AABB sponsors the committee that conducts the program accreditation process.
To contact CAAHEP:
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
For the past three years, the program has a first-time passing average of 76.2 percent and an overall passing average of 90.5 percent on the ASCP SBB certification exam.
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Many SBB Fellowship graduates have gone on to win the ASBP Lifetime Achievement Award.
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