The Certificate in Blood Banking trains students to meet the critical need for medical laboratory scientists in the workforce that make sure donated blood is safe for use in blood transfusions and other procedures. Students successfully completing this certificate are eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC) Technologist in Blood Bank exam.

Requirements

Successful completion of the undergraduate certificate in Blood Banking/Immunohematology allows the individual to sit for the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC) Technologist/Scientist in Blood Bank national certification exam and be employable in a medical laboratory or blood center. This curriculum meets entry level practitioner competency as outlined by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Most of the required courses are delivered in face-to-face format.

BMS 427Clinical Immunology3
BMS 428Clinical Immunology Laboratory1
BMS 529Introduction to Immunohematology3
BMS 530Immunohematology and Blood Banking Laboratory1
BMS 532Advanced Clinical Immunohematology and Immunology 13
BMS 560Molecular and Genetic Diagnostics2
BMS 561Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory1
BMS 599Independent Study1
Total Credits15

Applicants are admitted to the certificate program in one of two categories:

  1. Current UWM undergraduate student with a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a major in biological science or chemistry, or baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of biology, chemistry and/or medical science courses including genetics within the last 5 years and a grade point average of 3.00 or above (4.00 scale.)
  2. Post-baccalaureate students with a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a major in biological science or chemistry, or baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with a combination of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of biology, chemistry and/or medical science courses including genetics within the last 5 years and a grade point average of 3.00 or above (4.00 scale.)