The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Certificate in Blood Banking/Immunohematology trains you to meet the critical need for medical laboratory scientists that make sure donated blood is safe for use in blood transfusions and other procedures.

Why choose us?

  • Our Medical Laboratory Sciences Program has been accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) since 1987.
  • Coursework includes lecture and laboratory courses that focus on application and preparation for the nationally-recognized certification exam (American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC) Technologist/Scientist in Blood Bank).
  • The Certificate is available to returning, non-degree students who want additional credentials in Blood Banking/Immunohematology for career development/enhancement.

What can I do with a Certificate in Blood Banking/Immunohematology?

Successful completion of the Certificate allows you 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. The curriculum meets entry-level practitioner competency as outlined by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Admission

Admission

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

  1. Current UWM undergraduate student enrolled in the Biomedical Sciences submajor who has achieved junior standing with a UWM and science grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above (4.0 scale).
  2. Post-baccalaureate student with a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university, with either a major in biological science or chemistry, or 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 GPA of 3.0 or above (4.0 scale).

Coursework

Coursework

To be awarded the Certificate you must earn a minimum 2.50 GPA and a grade of C or better in the courses listed below.

CourseOffered*Credits
BMS 427/428: Clinical Immunology Lecture/LabF4
BMS 529: Introduction to ImmunohematologyF3
BMS 530: Immunohematology and Blood Banking LaboratoryF1
BMS 532: Advanced Clinical Immunohematology and Immunology**S3
BMS 560/561: Molecular Diagnostics Lecture/LabS3
BMS 599: Advanced Independent StudyF/S1
Total Credits:15

F, S, SU (fall, spring, summer) refers to semesters in which courses are taught.

*Course offerings are subject to change.

**BMS 532 is a 4-week capstone course (120 clinical hours) of practical training experience working in a clinical blood bank laboratory.

Graduation

Graduation

The certificate program must be completed within three years of the start of your first certificate course. Minimum grades of C or better and a minimum GPA of 2.500 are required.