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College of Health Sciences > Department of Medical Laboratory Science > Certificate in SBB Program > Overview of Specialist in Blood Bank Certificate Program
About Rush University

Rush University's specialist in blood bank (SBB) certificate program offers a flexible online educational experience that does not require face-to-face classes. Blackboard is a Web-based learning management system that delivers course content online while concomitantly supporting discussion and active learning.

Why Choose Rush University's SBB Program?

  • Gain knowledge in an exciting field
  • Expand opportunities for employment
  • Increase the opportunity to earn more money
  • Communicate with professionals outside your local (immediate) area
  • Study in a structured program that includes numerous opportunities to review blood bank problems and case studies with in-depth discussions
  • Earn graduate credit

After completion of the program, students are eligible to take the SBB certification examination given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification. Certification by the ASCP is required for designation as an SBB.

2014 Outcomes
First Time Examinees from the Total Population This Cycle (includes students who have been out of the SBB program > 1 year)
Rush Program
Number of Examinees  
Mean Scaled Score
Standard Deviation
Number Passing (Percent)
6 (60%)
67 (61.47%)
Number Failing (Percent)
4 (40%)
42 (38.53%)
Minimum Scaled Score Achieved
Maximum Scaled Score Achieved
2013 Outcomes
First Time Examinees from the Total Population This Cycle (includes students who have been out of the SBB program > 1 year)
Rush Program
Number of Examinees  
Mean Scaled Score
Standard Deviation
Number Passing (Percent)
12 (75%)
77 (62.1%)
Number Failing (Percent)
4 (25%)
47 (37.9%)
Minimum Scaled Score Achieved
Maximum Scaled Score Achieved

Minimum Admission Requirements

The following are required of the applicant to be considered for admission:

  • Must be currently employed by an institution accredited by a recognized accrediting agency in immunohematology
  • A baccalaureate (BS) degree from a regionally-accredited college or university in medical laboratory, biological or related science
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0)
  • A minimum of two years full-time post-baccalaureate work experience relevant to an immunohematology area within an institution accredited by a recognized accrediting agency
  • Documentation of ASCP or NCA certification as MT (ASCP), MLS (ASCP), BB (ASCP) or CLS (NCA)
  • Three (3) reference letters
  • A phone interview with a program official

Applicants who have taken their prerequisite coursework at a university outside the United States must have their coursework evaluated by the Education Credentials Evaluators (ECE). Applicants whose primary language is not English should refer to the College of Health Sciences TOEFL policy

College of Health Science TOEFL Policy

Admissions Application

All applicants must complete an application using the centralized application service AHCAS. OR you can apply using the Rush University General Application.
Applicants who choose to fill out the AHCAS application can submit their application to more than one program and or institution through the AHCAS system.
Those who submit the application through the Rush University General Application site will only be applying to Rush University and must submit the appropriate documents for admission consideration.

Admissions Deadlines

Because there is a limit to the number of students we are able to accept into the program, we strongly recommend that you apply as early as possible. Deadlines for application are as follows:

Fall Quarter:
Priority Deadline: July 1

Final Deadline: August 1

Technical Requirements for Online Instruction

Since all courses are offered online, students should have access to an up-to-date computer and Microsoft Office software suite. Rush University computer requirements, and recommendations for students enrolled in Web courses and courses with a Web component are available at:

Computer Requirements and Recommendations for Rush University Students
SBB Certificate Disclosure Document

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at


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