Program Director: Susan T. Johnson, M.S.T.M., M.T. (ASCP), S.B.B.
Transfusion Medicine website

Degree Offered

Master of Science in Transfusion Medicine, students are admitted under Plan B (non-thesis option) but Plan A (thesis option) may be requested

Program Description

The transfusion medicine program is a collaboration between Marquette University and BloodCenter of Wisconsin. The first 18 credits must be completed at BloodCenter within two and a half years of starting the program. Additional credits are completed exclusively at Marquette University. Students have the option to enroll at Marquette if it does not interfere with course work at BloodCenter.

Students must currently be enrolled in the SBB program at BloodCenter of Wisconsin, the BloodCenter’s independent course of study, in order to be eligible to apply for the master of science program in transfusion medicine at Marquette University. No exceptions will be made to this requirement.

Visit the department Web page for more detailed program information.

Application Deadlines

Applications to the SBB program at BloodCenter of Wisconsin for the fall term are accepted from January 1 to March 31 each year. Applications from students already enrolled in the SBB program to the transfusion medicine program at Marquette University are accepted on a rolling basis, following Graduate School deadlines each term for having completed application files and for financial aid.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit, directly to the Graduate School:

  1. A completed application form and fee online.
  2. Copies of all college/university transcripts except Marquette.*
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. A list of continuing education for the last two years.
  5. A letter of intent stating reasons for application to this program and how SBB certification will impact their professional life and further their career.
  6. (For international applicants only) laboratory training records.
  7. (For international applicants only) GRE scores.
  8. (For international applicants only) a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
*

Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record.

Transfusion Medicine Master's Requirements

Specializations: Business Administration, Education, Science

For Plan B (non-thesis option – default), students must complete 39, 40 or 40.5 total graduate-level credit hours depending on specialization. Students must complete 18 credit hours in transfusion medicine (TRME) courses, credit hours in specialization courses (19.5 credit hours in business administration, 18 credit hours in education, or 18 or 19 credit hours in science), plus 3 capstone essay credit hours. Students must also participate in the department colloquium for no credit. When the 18 TRME credits are completed at the BloodCenter, the student is required to take a national examination.

Students may request Plan A (thesis option) after admission and, if selected, should secure co-direction on their thesis from a member of their specialization faculty.

Core Courses

TRME students are required to take the following courses (18 credits), participate in the department colloquium (no credit), complete a capstone (3 credits), for a total of 21 TRME credits. Students must also fulfill the requirements for one of the three specializations of business administration, education or science.

TRME 6101Introduction to Transfusion Medicine1
TRME 6201Immunohematology 12
TRME 6202Immunohematology 22
TRME 6220Essentials of Blood Collection and Testing3
TRME 6301Management and Education in Transfusion Medicine3
TRME 6401Anemias and Related Topics2
TRME 6402Hemostasis and Transplantation2
TRME 6501Pathophysiology in Transfusion Medicine2
TRME 6998Transfusion Medicine Project1
TRME 6952Colloquium in Transfusion Medicine0
TRME 6997Transfusion Medicine Capstone3
Total Credit Hours21

Specialization Requirements

Business Administration

Students are required to take three core courses, four electives, and must meet all prerequisite requirements for the master of business administration classes. Students must also select an area of study from the following: organizational management, operations and supply chain management, accounting and finance, marketing, management information systems or general business. Those students who have academic backgrounds sufficient to waive any of the required courses are allowed to complete additional elective course work.

The required business administration courses ensure a fundamental understanding of the basics of accounting, human resources and organizational issues in the work place. In addition, the environmental influences courses place a strong emphasis on Marquette’s traditional focus on societal concerns and the social responsibilities of today’s working professional.

Required Business Administration Courses
MBA 6020Business Essentials: Accounting, Economics and Finance4.5
MBA 6030Business Essentials: Marketing, IT and Operations and Supply Chain4.5
MBA 6120Concepts for Ethical Business Practice1.5
or MBA 6130 Corporate Social Responsibility
Elective Courses for each Business Administration Specialization9
At least three courses must be completed within a student's area of study from the classes listed below. Note required and elective lists within each area.
Total Credit Hours19.5

Organizational Management

Required Courses
MBA 6020Business Essentials: Accounting, Economics and Finance4.5
MBA 6030Business Essentials: Marketing, IT and Operations and Supply Chain4.5
MBA 6120Concepts for Ethical Business Practice1.5
or MBA 6130 Corporate Social Responsibility
HURE 5140International Human Resources Management3
or MANA 6140 International Management
Elective Courses6
Employment Law
Strategic Compensation and Rewards
Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
Training and Development
Ethical Issues, Regulatory Environment and Human Resource Management
Diversity in Organizations
Topics in Human Resource Management
History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics
Self-Leadership
Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Team Leadership
Influence of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations
Leaders as Worldly Citizens
Research Methods in Social Sciences
Qualitative Research In Leadership Studies
Applied Quantitative Methods in Leadership Studies
Introduction to Business Processes
Communication Styles and Strategies for Leaders
Contemporary Leadership: Theory, Research and Application
Topics in Leadership Studies
Independent Study in Leadership Studies
Leadership, Motivation and Organizational Change
Change Leadership in Self and Organizations
Negotiations
International Management
Topics in Management
Seminar in Management:
Independent Study in Management
Total Credit Hours19.5

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Required Courses
MBA 6020Business Essentials: Accounting, Economics and Finance4.5
MBA 6030Business Essentials: Marketing, IT and Operations and Supply Chain4.5
MBA 6120Concepts for Ethical Business Practice1.5
or MBA 6130 Corporate Social Responsibility
OSCM 6200Operations and Supply Chain Management3
Elective Courses6
Manufacturing Management
Service Operations Management
Quality and Process Management
Purchasing and Supply Management
Globalization and Global Operations
Enterprise Systems in Supply Chain Management
Topics in Operations and Supply Chain Management
Seminar in Operations and Supply Chain Management:
Independent Study in Operations and Supply Chain Management
Total Credit Hours19.5

Accounting and Finance

Required Courses
MBA 6020Business Essentials: Accounting, Economics and Finance4.5
MBA 6030Business Essentials: Marketing, IT and Operations and Supply Chain4.5
MBA 6120Concepts for Ethical Business Practice1.5
or MBA 6130 Corporate Social Responsibility
ACCO 6200Managerial Accounting for Decision Making3
FINA 6200Advanced Financial Management3
Elective Courses3
Financial Statement Analysis
Entrepreneurial Finance
Topics in Finance
Investment Banking
Investments
Bank Management
International Financial Management
Financial Derivatives
Real Estate Finance and Investments
Fixed Income Markets and Securities
Investment Management, Ethics and Society
Topics in Finance
Seminar in Finance
Independent Study in Finance
Total Credit Hours19.5

Marketing

Required Courses
MBA 6020Business Essentials: Accounting, Economics and Finance4.5
MBA 6030Business Essentials: Marketing, IT and Operations and Supply Chain4.5
MBA 6120Concepts for Ethical Business Practice1.5
or MBA 6130 Corporate Social Responsibility
MARK 6200Marketing for Management Decision Making3
Elective Courses6
Consumer Behavior
Integrated Marketing Communications
Digital Marketing
Customer Relationship Management
Sales Management
Global Marketing Strategy
Marketing Research
Marketing Analytics
Marketing Ethics, Markets and Social Responsibility
Marketing and Social Entrepreneurship
Brand Management
Topics in Marketing
Seminar in Marketing
Independent Study in Marketing
Total Credit Hours19.5

Management Information Systems

Required Courses
MBA 6020Business Essentials: Accounting, Economics and Finance4.5
MBA 6030Business Essentials: Marketing, IT and Operations and Supply Chain4.5
MBA 6120Concepts for Ethical Business Practice1.5
or MBA 6130 Corporate Social Responsibility
INSY 6200Information Systems Strategy3
or INSY 5931 Topics in Information Systems
Elective Courses6
Project Management
Privacy and Security
Global Information Systems Outsourcing
Systems Analysis and Design
Topics in Information Systems
Seminar in Information Systems
Independent Study in Information Systems
Total Credit Hours19.5

General Business

Required Courses
MBA 6020Business Essentials: Accounting, Economics and Finance4.5
MBA 6030Business Essentials: Marketing, IT and Operations and Supply Chain4.5
MBA 6120Concepts for Ethical Business Practice1.5
or MBA 6130 Corporate Social Responsibility
ACCO 6200Managerial Accounting for Decision Making3
or FINA 6200 Advanced Financial Management
Elective Courses6
Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
Advanced Financial Management
Information Systems Strategy
Marketing for Management Decision Making
Operations and Supply Chain Management
For 3 of the 6 elective credit hours, students may choose two 1.5-credit courses from:
Leading People and Change
Leading Innovation and Creativity
Leadership Coaching and Development
Total Credit Hours19.5

Education

Students in this specialization are required to take three core courses and three electives. Those students who have academic backgrounds sufficient to waive any of the required courses are allowed to complete additional elective course work.

Required Courses9
Research Methods in Counseling
Introduction to Educational Inquiry
Foundations of Curriculum Planning
Theories of Learning Applied to Instruction
Elective Courses9
Intermediate Research and Statistics
Measurement and Evaluation (COPS 8310 is a prerequisite for COPS 8320)
Diversity, Identity and the Student Affairs Professional
Student Development in Higher Education
Environmental Theory Assessment in Higher Education
Organizational Theory and Administration in Higher Education
American Law and the Educational Organization
Instructional Leadership
The Theory and Design of Curriculum
Introduction to Learning and Assessment
Total Credit Hours18

Science

Students in this specialization are required to take three core courses and 9-10 credits of electives. Those students who have academic backgrounds sufficient to waive any of the required courses are allowed to complete additional elective course work.

Required Courses9
Immunobiology
Advanced Concepts in Genetics and Cell Biology
Advanced Concepts in Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Elective Courses9-10
Protein Structure and Function
Biochemistry and Function of Nucleic Acids
Epigenetics
Principles of Eukaryotic Genetics
Imaging and Cytoskeletons
Protein Trafficking and Organelle Identity in Eukaryotic Cells
Cell and Molecular Biology of Early Development
Muscle Biology
Cellular Homeostasis
Prokaryotic Molecular Genetics
Microbiology in the Environment
Microbial Diversity and Ecology
Seminar in Biochemistry and Genetics
Seminar in Cell and Developmental Biology
Seminar in Physiology
Physical Methods of Analysis
Spectrochemical Methods of Analysis
Analytical Separations
Research Methods in Counseling
Total Credit Hours18-19

Courses

TRME 6101. Introduction to Transfusion Medicine. 1 cr. hr.

An overview of transfusion medicine from basic science concepts to the regulations and quality systems required, along with research concepts and presentation skills. Principles of basic genetics, immunology and red blood cell biochemistry are investigated and applied to blood group serology. An in-depth look at the regulations and accreditations governing the field of transfusion medicine including FDA, CLIA and AABB. Includes an introduction to quality management systems and how they apply to blood collection, donor laboratory testing and patient laboratory testing. Provides an overview of principles of research and an introduction to preparing for oral and written presentation. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 6201. Immunohematology 1. 2 cr. hrs.

An in-depth study of the human blood groups whose antigens are carbohydrate-based to include the ABO and P blood group systems and Lewis system. Discusses history, genetics and biochemistry of the carbohydrate-based antigens. Explores their relationship to transfusion therapy and disease epidemiology. Reviews principles of hemagglutination and complement system. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 6202. Immunohematology 2. 2 cr. hrs.

An in-depth study of the human blood groups whose antigens are protein-based to include, but not limited to: Rh, LW, MNSs, Duffy, Kidd, Kell and Lutheran blood group systems. Discusses history, genetics and biochemistry of the protein-based antigens. Explores their relationship to transfusion therapy and disease epidemiology. Includes practical experience in problem solving patient or donor typing problems and identifying antibodies to blood group antigens. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 6220. Essentials of Blood Collection and Testing. 3 cr. hrs.

A comprehensive investigation into the theoretical and practical basis involving the selection and processing of blood donors. Presents a thorough understanding of the physiological aspects of blood storage and transport. Emphasizes infectious disease testing as well as the FDA, AABB and CLIA regulations concerning testing. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 6301. Management and Education in Transfusion Medicine. 3 cr. hrs.

A systematic approach in acquiring the fundamentals and principles of planning and implementing an educational program in the clinical setting. Offers practice of presentation skills in a classroom setting and state meeting. Also prepares the transfusion medicine practitioner to manage operational and fiscal affairs in a donor center or transfusion service. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 6401. Anemias and Related Topics. 2 cr. hrs.

An advanced study in the pathological mechanisms underlying the production of human disease involving anemias and leukemias. Emphasizes autoimmune hemolytic anemias, drug-dependent immune hemolytic anemias and hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn. Also discusses parentage testing requirements. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 6402. Hemostasis and Transplantation. 2 cr. hrs.

A study of the procedures performed, as well as a complete understanding of disease process as it relates to serological and molecular detection of bleeding and clotting diseases. An in-depth look at the immune system as it relates to transplantation. A formal study of the aspects of histocompatibility, platelet and neutrophil immunology and bleeding and clotting disorders. Also discusses histocompatibility antigens and nomenclature in relation to transfusion and transplantation. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 6501. Pathophysiology in Transfusion Medicine. 2 cr. hrs.

An advanced study in the pathophysiology of blood transfusion. Reviews indications for blood transfusion including blood component therapy. Also studies adverse events in transfusion medicine. Emphasizes practical aspects of blood management within a transfusion service. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 6931. Topics in Transfusion Medicine. 1-3 cr. hrs.

In-depth study of concepts, theories, and laboratory techniques in the broad area of transfusion medicine which are not covered in regular courses. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 6952. Colloquium in Transfusion Medicine. 0 cr. hrs.

Scholarly reports on selected topics in transfusion medicine/immunohematology. Attendance required of all full-time graduate students. SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 6995. Independent Study in Transfusion Medicine. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 6997. Transfusion Medicine Capstone. 3 cr. hrs.

Project and concluding paper that integrates the subspecialty course work with transfusion medicine. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 6998. Transfusion Medicine Project. 1 cr. hr.

Project and concluding paper on selected subject that integrates Specialist in Blood Banking course work. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 6999. Master's Thesis. 1-6 cr. hrs.

Master's thesis for M.S.T.M. candidates. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 9970. Graduate Standing Continuation: Less than Half-Time. 0 cr. hrs.

Fee. SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 9991. Professional Project Continuation: Less than Half-Time. 0 cr. hrs.

Fee. SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 9992. Professional Project Continuation: Half-Time. 0 cr. hrs.

Fee. SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 9993. Professional Project Continuation: Full-Time. 0 cr. hrs.

Fee. SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 9994. Master's Thesis Continuation: Less than Half-Time. 0 cr. hrs.

Fee. SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 9995. Master's Thesis Continuation: Half-Time. 0 cr. hrs.

Fee. SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.

TRME 9996. Master's Thesis Continuation: Full-Time. 0 cr. hrs.

Fee. SNC/UNC grade assessment. Prereq: Cons. of prog. dir.