In today’s rapidly changing health care environment, it is essential that Information Technology (IT) professionals working at blood banks and transfusion medicine services understand the unique needs and challenges of the field. New and evolving regulatory requirements, changes to reimbursement, introduction of new technologies and products, data exchanges with electronic health record (EHR) systems and supply chain providers, and a growing reliance on data present IT professionals with an integral role to play in supporting their teams and ensuring patient safety and privacy.
Whether you are entering the workforce or already have experience, the AABB Information Technology in Blood Banking & Transfusion Services Certificate Program is designed to provide a solid foundation to understanding the blood banking and transfusion services field from the unique perspective of an IT professional.
The certificate program comprises 3 modules and select content from the AABB Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine 101 eCast series:
A complete syllabus including learning objectives is available for download and review.
This program is offered entirely online as independent, self-paced study through AABB’s Education Platform. After registering for the program, each learner will receive immediate access to the program. Access is granted for 1 year from the date of registration. This program is self-paced; however, learners must complete all modules, assessments, and a program evaluation within the year to receive the Certificate of Completion. If learners are unable to complete the program within the one-year period and still wish to complete the program, they must either re-purchase the program at full price if access has been removed or submit a retake form (includes a reduced fee of $59) which will provide an additional 12 months of access and two additional attempts on any failed module assessment(s).
Purchase of individual modules is not provided.
Individual Registration Pricing:
Discount for Multiple Registrations:
Module Assessment Retake Fee:
Individuals can register online via the AABB Store. If you do not have an account, you will be prompted to create one. Payment confirmation will be provided immediately after registering.
Institutions that want to purchase registrations for learners must complete and return the registration form. Payment confirmation will be provided within 2-5 business days.
While there are no prerequisites for the program, learners are expected to have:
Read and study all materials for each module. Follow the modules in order as information builds upon preceding lessons. Since this is a self-paced program, learners may decide how much time is needed to review and study the materials. It is estimated that each module will take approximately 2-4 hours to complete. A suggested strategy is to create a study plan or timeline for completing each module and the required Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine 101 eCast series content. Follow that plan to ensure timely completion within the year that you will have access to the program.
Assessment and Grading To Obtain Certificate
For successful completion of the program resulting in conferral of the IT Certificate:
This program is eligible for 11 continuing education credits/contact hours for General Participation, California Lab Personnel or Florida Lab Personnel. The number and type of credits awarded for this program was determined by the estimated program completion time. This program is not eligible for continuing education for physicians or California Nurse contact hours. For more information on each credit type please visit our Continuing Education Credits webpage. A continuing education certificate of completion will be immediately provided to learners upon reviewing all 3 modules (including the required Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine 101 eCast Series content), successful completion of all 3 module assessments, completion of the program evaluation, and claiming your continuing education credit type.
This program has been developed by the AABB Information Systems Committee. While there are numerous participants that have brought this program to fruition, key faculty include (titles and affiliations at the time of program development):
Patricia Distler, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB
Waseem Anani, MD
Suzanne H. Butch, MA, MLS(ASCP)SBB, DLM, CQA(ASQ)
Mandy Flannery O’Leary, MD, MPH
Quynh Vantu, CLS, CQA(ASQ), FACHE, MLS(ASCP)SBB, MS
AABB wishes to thank the following individuals and institutions for their valued and in-kind contributions to the program:
Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin
Past AABB Information Systems Committee Members