Introduction to Blood Bank Syllabus

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Instructor Information


Rose Dickinson

E-mail Address 







Office Phone


Office Hours

11:30am Wednesday and Thursday or by appointment

Home Phone (cell) 556-0017

In the event of that you will not be able to attend class please contact me as soon as possible and your attendance partner so that we can plan your makeup work. Some labs will be impossible to make up due to the nature/and or instability of the blood products. Introduction to Blood Banking is a fast paced rigorous course; attendance is mandatory. 



Class Information

Beginning Date


Number of Weeks


Meeting Times/Location

Monday: 7:30-9:30am,  Tuesday: 7:30-11:30am



Course Description

Consists of basic blood banking concepts and procedures including blood typing and compatibility testing.



Basic Immunology Concepts





Apply principles of genetics and immunology to blood bank


Interpret QC testing


Interpret ABO test results including discrepancies


Interpret Rh test results including discrepancies


Interpret AHG results


Interpret Ab screen results


Interpret cross-match results


Identify other blood group systems



Grading Information

Your grade will be dependent on the following:

  • Quizzes and Worksheets
  • 2 Practicals:  1)ABO and Rh and 2) Antibody Screen and Crossmatches (50 points each)
  • 2 Unit Exams (100 points each)
  • Labs 

Grading Scale:

  • A = 93 - 100%
  • AB = 89 - 92%
  • B = 85 - 88%
  • BC = 81 - 84%
  • C = 76 - 80%
  • D = 70 - 75%
  • F = BELOW 70%


   Guidelines and Information


  •  Academic Honesty Academic honesty is a core principle of learning and scholarship. When you violate this principle, you cheat yourself of the confidence that comes from knowing you have mastered the targeted skills and knowledge. You also hurt all members of the learning community by falsely presenting yourself as having command of competencies with which you are credited, thus degrading the credibility of the college, the program, and your fellow learners who hold the same credential. All members of the learning community share an interest in protecting the value, integrity, and credibility of the outcomes of this learning experience. We also have the responsibility to censor behaviors that interfere with this effort. The following behaviors will be subject to disciplinary action: Plagiarism - presenting someone else's words, ideas, or data as your own work. Fabrication - using invented information or the falsifying research or other findings. Cheating - misleading others to believe you have mastered competencies or other learning outcomes that you have not mastered. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Copying from another learner's work

  • Allowing another learner to copy from your work

  • Using resource materials or information to complete an assessment without permission from your instructor

  • Collaborating on an assessment (graded assignment or test) without permission from the instructor.


  • ADA Statement 7  If you feel you may need an accommodation or special services for this class, please see me or Pam Chrostowski-Wright in Special Services at (608) 246-6791.  

  • Attendance Partners Attendance means "being here" mentally as well as physically. Introduction to Blood Banking relies heavily on active participation of learners. The learning activities are designed to prepare you for your final performance of each competency. Being ill-prepared in the Clinical Laboratory Technician Profession could jeopardize your safety and that of others. During the course of the program, you will be expected to be in attendance just as you would be on a job--both physically and mentally. Should you find yourself ill or in extenuating circumstances that prevent you from being in class, you are still responsible for doing the work for that day. A back-up system will be in place to help with this responsibility. At the beginning of each term, you will select an attendance partner with whom you will exchange phone numbers. If you find that you must be absent, contact your partner in advance if possible. Your partner will take two copies of any handouts and worksheets that are distributed while you are gone and put your name on one set. It is your responsibility to get these materials and any other information on the class from your partner as soon as you are able to do so. Be sure to check at the beginning of each class period to make sure your partner is there. If not, gather information and materials for him/her whether you have been contacted or not.

  • Guidelines for Mutual Respect The Clinical Laboratory Technician Profession is designed for collaboration rather than competition. That means that each member of the class supports the others in their efforts to succeed. Be sure to come to each class prepared to:

  1. Listen with respect.
  2. Speak with respect.
  3. Contribute actively to the work of your team.
  • How To Get The Most Out Of This Learning Experience Take charge of your own learning. Raise questions, probe, explore, and go after what you need. Be open. Use your imagination, consider new possibilities, and create something new for yourself. Give as well as receive. Give liberally to co-learners and be prepared to receive a great deal from them. Have fun. Plan to thoroughly enjoy this opportunity to learn and to grow in your professional competence and satisfaction.

  • Learning and Assessment Activities The learning activities for each Learning Plan tell you what you can do to master the learning objectives and competencies. They are your assignments. Check off each learning activity in your study guide as you complete it. Practice Activity Sheets and Information Sheets for each Learning Plan are included when necessary. Do not submit your learning activities to your instructor for evaluation. For most assignments, you can check your own work by referring to the Feedback section at the end of your Study Guide. Assessment activities tell you what you must demonstrate or submit to your instructor for evaluation.

  • Performance-Based Learning   This is a performance-based course. It is designed around 8 competencies. Your grade will be based on your performance of those competencies according to the criteria outlined in your learning plans.

  • Re-doing Work That Does Not Meet Performance Expectations If you have diligently completed the learning activities and have mastered the learning objectives, you should have no difficulty passing the knowledge tests and meeting the criteria for the performance assessment tasks. Please check your work against the criteria for performance before submitting it.  It is your responsibility to keep track of your scores to be sure that you have reached a satisfactory level on all knowledge tests and performance assessments. It is also your responsibility to arrange for any re-work or re-testing that may be necessary.

  •  Safety, Housekeeping, and Property Guidelines To remain in the program, students must adhere to safety guidelines and treat the MATC-CLT Lab as they would any clinical work. Horseplay will not be tolerated. Cheating will not be tolerated. Work performed in the lab must be executed in accordance with the safety standards as set forth by MATC-CLT Program Policy and the specific safety precautions for each task. Students are required to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment when in the lab area or working on activities that may pose a hazard to themselves or others. It is the duty of all students to watch out for safety throughout the area and bring any unsafe practices they might observe to the attention of the instructor. Students are required to know the location of all fire exits, fire extinguishers, eyewash and shower stations, emergency evacuation routes, and a procedure to obtain help in an emergency. Equipment belongs to MATC-CLT Program. All equipment is to be used safely and with respect. Supplies are to be returned to their proper storage space at the end of each class. Supplies are provided by MATC-CLT Program and are to be used with discretion. Students are expected to keep their work areas neat and orderly, minimizing potential safety hazards.










Lab Activities

Assessment Activities




Week 1





Introduction to Blood Banking

Blood Bank Quality Control and Quality Assurance

Please refer to Week at a Glance for Weekly Assignments, Readings, and Lab Activities!




Week 1





Basic Lab Techniques

Antigen & Antibody Reactions






Week 2





ABO Blood Group System

Genetics of Blood Groups

Quiz-Introduction to BB,
Basic QC, Safety Guidelines, Equipment, Specimen Collection





Week 2







Quiz- Antigen -Antibody Reactions (use practice worksheet for review)

Practice Worksheet
ABO Review Worksheet




Week 3





Antiglobulin Testing
Rh Testing

Quiz-ABO Blood Group System, Genetics of Blood Groups





Week 3









Week 4





Antigen Typing
Lewis Blood System
I and P Blood Group System

Quiz-Antiglobulin Test and Rh Testing




Week 4








Week 5





Other Blood Group Systems
Antibody Screens


Quiz-Antigen typing, Lewis, I and P Systems




Week 5









Week 6





Unit I Exam: ABO, Rh, and Other Blood Group Systems 

2 hours





Week 6









Week 7





Problem Crossmatches

Crossmatch Problems Worksheet




Week 7






 ABO Discrepancies and Worksheet




Week 8





Issuing Blood 
ABO Discrepancies
Review for Unit Exam II






Week 8





Unit II Exam


Great Work! On to advanced Blood Bank!





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