The specialist in blood bank (SBB) certificate and master's in clinical laboratory management program have been developed to meet the needs of experienced professionals seeking advanced knowledge of immunohematology and its related disciplines. Students enrolled in the SBB program may additionally choose to complete the MS in clinical laboratory management option.
The Rush University SBB/MS program is designed to prepare students for the SBB certification examination and Diplomat in Laboratory Management (DLM) offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification. Note: Eligibility for the DLM (ASCP) examination category includes at least two years of full-time acceptable experience in clinical laboratory supervision or management in the United States, Canada or a CAP/TJC/AABB-accredited laboratory within the last 10 years. Students successfully completing this program will be prepared to assume positions in administration, management/supervision, clinical research or teaching in a hospital, blood center, university, governmental agency or health care-related industry.
Continue to work, earn your master's degree and review for the SBB certification exam:
- Flexible class schedules for the busy professional
- Classes accessible 24/7 via the Internet
- Quality, structured program
- Relevant, current content
- Professional collaboration
For more information about careers in blood bank technology, visit:
Minimum Admission Requirements
The following are required of the applicant to be considered for admission:
- 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
Policy for Transfer of SBB Coursework: All students who received SBB training from an accredited program outside of Rush University may be awarded up to 20 quarter hours for their equivalent course work through successful completion of a departmental evaluation. Minimum Hours taken at Rush for the MS degree must equal at least 45 quarter hours.
Applicants who have taken their prerequisite course work at a university outside the United States must have their course work 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
Application for the Rush University SBB and CLM.MS programs must be completed online. For an application go to: Application for Rush University.
Because there is a limit to the number of students we are able to accept into the program each quarter, we strongly recommend that you apply as early as possible. Deadlines for application are as follows:
Priority Deadline: July 1st
Final Deadline: August 1st
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 http://www.rushu.rush.edu/SBB_Certificate/Gedt.html