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Transfusion Services/Blood Bank Minor

You or someone you know probably has given blood. Blood donor centers screen donors to be sure they are healthy, collect units of blood and then test the donor blood to be sure it is as safe as possible. Single units of blood can be split into components such as platelets, plasma and cells to stretch that unit as far as it can go. After that, blood is shipped to hospitals where it is needed. In medical laboratory science, people commonly call this “blood banking.” Transfusion services is an interesting place to work, and you have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped save someone’s life.

Why Choose Transfusion Services/Blood Bank at SU?

Transfusion services/blood bank is a minor in the discipline of the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program. It allows you to complete the on-campus classes in transfusion services, with this recognition posted on your transcript.

The minor in transfusion services/blood bank gives you the option to select just that one area of medical laboratory science (MLS) to study. The graduate of the MLS major is called a “generalist” and can practice in the areas of clinical biochemistry, hematology, transfusion services, immunology and clinical microbiology. This minor allows study in transfusion services, without taking all of the program courses.

The minor includes general principles of human physiology and clinical laboratory operation, as well as transfusion-related topics such as blood group genetics, blood typing and compatibility testing, blood donor screening, blood infectious disease testing and more.

Prerequisites include one year of general chemistry. Students in the transfusion services/blood bank minor must complete 24 hours with grades of C or better. At least 15 hours of coursework applied toward the minor must consist of courses which are not used to satisfy General Education requirements. At least nine of these hours must be credits earned at SU.

Students must complete the following courses:

  • BIOL 215 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 216 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • MDTC 101 Safety in the Biological, Chemical and Clinical Lab
  • MDTC 301 Hematology I
  • MDTC 331 Diagnostic Immunology
  • MDTC 431 Introduction to Transfusion Services

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