Continuing Education

Transfusion Medicine Techniques

Campus

The location where your NAIT courses will be held.

Credential

The type of certification you will earn after completing your program.

  • Certificate Achievement - An approved non-credit program that has a formal summative assessment component, has mappped program or course outcomes, and is subject to a regular quality curriculum review process.
  • Certificate Completion - A non-credit program that has no formal summative assessment component and is subject to a regular quality curriculum review process.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

NAIT's Transfusion Medicine series is designed to provide Combined Laboratory and X-ray Technologists with the skills necessary to perform transfusion testing and to enhance this skill previously obtained by Medical Laboratory Technologists. The series of online courses can be completed in the comfort of your home, followed by a hands-on workshop which will assist you in honing in on the skills you have learned.

To receive advanced authorization through the Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists, CLXTs will be required to complete Competency Based Objectives provided by ACCLXT after completing the courses offered through NAIT. It is the student's responsibility to locate an employer who can sign off on the competencies as students' progress through them.

To receive a certificate through NAIT, CLXT students’ are required to complete all three didactic courses, in addition to the hands-on workshop.
 

Please select the frequently asked questions to reveal the answers. If your question is not answered below, contact the Transfusion Medicine program at healthgeneral@nait.ca.

1. Do I have to take TRAM101 and TRAM201 before TRAM301?

Yes, each course is a prerequisite for the next. It is important that these courses are taken in this sequence as the information from each course is delivered and touches on information taught in the previous course.

2. Do I have to locate a site that offers transfusion medicine for TRAM301?

Yes, it is the student’s responsibility to locate a site that offers transfusion medicine. Due to multiple factors, including COVID-19 restrictions, this course will not be offered on site at NAIT. Student’s are required to secure a placement site prior to enrolling into TRAM301.  

This course has been developed to have the theory component delivered online and the hands-on to be completed at a site that has a transfusion medicine capabilities. Students will be provided with training checklists and Competency Based Objectives (CBOs) within their course which they will use as a guide on completing the required skills.

Once the theory component, training checklists, and CBOs have been completed successfully, the student has completed TRAM301.

3. Am I able to complete the hands-on training from TRAM301 in a shorter time than indicated on the website?

Yes. We understand that each site will have a different schedule for students so the hours and weeks may vary from site-to-site, or student-to-student.

4. When looking for a site to complete TRAM301, what should I be looking for?

A site that performs transfusion medicine testing, including:

  • Pre-transfusion testing (ABO Rh grouping, Antibody Screens, Crossmatching).
  • Perinatal testing (maternal testing, cord testing).
  • Direct antiglobulin testing (DAT).
  • Blood component and product storage, preparation, allocation, and issuing.
  • Basic transfusion reaction investigations.

5. How do I apply for the advanced authorization credit from ACCLXT?

To obtain an advanced authorization credit from ACCLXT, students must submit a copy of their transcript or certificate to the college. An unofficial transcript can be printed from the student’s portal after the course end date.

A request for certification must be submitted to healthgeneral@nait.ca upon completion of all three courses, and a certificate will be mailed to the students within 4-6 weeks from NAIT’s Registrar’s Office. 

6. If I am an employer, what is my role?

The role of the employer is to provide the students with the opportunity to complete the hands-on CBOs. Students who are completing the hands-on component should be under direct supervision by a qualified MLT or CLXT authorized to perform transfusion medicine testing to ensure they are completing the skills correctly.

7. Will there be an instructor assigned to the course?

A NAIT instructor will support your completion of the course and be available to answer questions and provide feedback throughout the course. Theory components are designed to be completed in a flexible, self-directed manner, with support from the instructor.

8. After I complete the series, what will I be required to do to prove continuing competence in transfusion medicine?

The transfusion medicine series for CLXTs can be taken as continuing education, however, CLXTs intending to practice in Transfusion Medicine need to ensure they meet employer requirements.

Employers will validate advanced practice authorization and establish continuing competence standards for CLXTs that have been certified in Transfusion Medicine, including minimum practice hours.

The remainder of the courses within the Transfusion Medicine series are still in development. The hands-on workshop and the fourth course designed specifically for MLTs will be released in 2020.

For more information, please contact the Transfusion Medicine program at healthgeneral@nait.ca.

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