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I am looking for advice on pursuing an online SBB program to eventually take the SBB exam while working FT.  I am currently a technical specialist in transfusion with 18+ years bb experience.  I wish to eventually go this route but I do not know anyone personally who has their SBB that can share info with me. Is this a possibility while already working FT?  I do not want to set myself up for failure as I know it will be time consuming and I am a mom to two busy teenagers.  I would appreciate any information you guys could share with me.

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I did an online program while working 3 jobs.  Its a lot of work.  Check aabb.org; they have a listing of programs out there. Some are on site, some on line. For the most part, it's a 12 month program, so there is light at the end of the tunnel. If you really want it, you'll find a way to do it.

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I did mine FT while also working FT.  It was brutal, but it was the fastest 12 months of my life.  Takes a lot of discipline, at least 3 hours every night. You can't skip more than 2 days or you reach the point of no return.  As soon as I started to feel overwhelmed, I would take a day off from work to catch up. You have NO social life during this time. However, you have a MUCH better chance of passing the test if you do it FT and then commit to take the test within 2 months of ending. Private message me if you want more info.

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On ‎1‎/‎18‎/‎2018 at 12:42 PM, bbtech55 said:

I am looking for advice on pursuing an online SBB program to eventually take the SBB exam while working FT.  I am currently a technical specialist in transfusion with 18+ years bb experience.  I wish to eventually go this route but I do not know anyone personally who has their SBB that can share info with me. Is this a possibility while already working FT?  I do not want to set myself up for failure as I know it will be time consuming and I am a mom to two busy teenagers.  I would appreciate any information you guys could share with me.

With your many years of work experience, have you thought about studying on your own and taking the exam? 

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I did mine by taking a review course that was 120 hours of classroom time, 4 times in a year. I studied on my own 3-4 hours a day 90% of the time and at least 2 hours a day the rest of the time, including my birthday and Christmas. I had about 14 years work experience. I only took the exam once. You'll learn so much you'll be amazed at how little you actually knew before you studied.

 

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I had 5 years blood bank experience when I started my 18 month online SBB program 4 years ago. I spent about 18 hours a week on it while working full time. I had to take a total of 3 weeks off work for rotations at a ref lab, transplant/histo lab, and donor testing facility and I took an additional day off work every 2-3 weeks just to keep up. I learned SO much and enjoyed it but the board exam was still really difficult and I scored moderately. I don't understand how people can pass the exam with self study only - kudos to them!

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1) Think about taking the exam without the online course.

2) I had less than two years BB experience and was new QA position and took online course....lots of work but as suggested earlier in the post you have to have a set schedule...3-4 hours daily dedicated for this...you can do it.

 

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