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Blood Bank Specialist

A blood bank specialist is responsible for performing blood collection and processing, conducting testing on blood products and assisting physicians in transplant or transfusion therapy. If this career interests you, read on for more information.

Inside Becoming a Blood Bank Specialist

Every year, about five million people need blood transfusions due to disease or traumatic injury. Specializing in blood bank technology is a way to practice a medical science and help save lives in a real way. Blood bank specialists play a pivotal role in collecting and processing these blood products. They are responsible for drawing a patient's blood and testing it for disease, type and compatibility for the recipient. Blood bank specialists may also assist in complicated cases such as transfusions in newborn patients.

Education Information

Prior to training as a blood bank specialist, one must possess a bachelor's degree and be certified in medical technology or have a bachelor's degree in a science like biology and have worked in a blood bank. Training for this specialty varies by program and may take anywhere from 12-24 months. Students typically take courses in blood collection and storage, genetics, immunology, blood bank administration and other courses related to transfusion therapy. The articles below give more information about learning these valuable skills.

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