Short course

Online course details


£125 (includes VAT)

Next course date

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3 units, 3 hours of study per unit

CPD hours

9 CPD hours


Self-guided online learning



Online course description

Ideally suited to individuals with a background in biomedical science or working in the healthcare profession, this online course will allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the transfusion process. It will cover blood group systems, donor screening, blood donation and component preparation, along with immunohaematological aspects of transfusion.

The course features transfusion science including basic scientific laboratory immunohaematology, blood processing and transfusion. It will also look at governmental policies in monitoring, management and reporting of adverse reactions from transfusions.

Who is the course for?

Though open to anyone, this short course is ideally suited to those working in the healthcare sector and will be of interest to those in professional and support roles including:

This professional development course will provide you with:

Structure, certificates and assessment

You will study this course 100% online. It comprises a range of activities including:

There is no obligation for you to undertake every activity but being involved in all aspects of the course will help you to achieve a well-rounded knowledge about transfusion medicine.

There is no graded assessment. Instead, you will receive a badge for each completed Unit, and then upon completion of the whole course, you will be awarded with an e-certificate.

An accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office

We are proud to be an accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office for our online short courses and free courses, demonstrating that they conform to CPD best practice and are appropriate for inclusion in a formal CPD record.

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Course units

The course is made up of 3 units, each will require approximately 2-3 hours of study. You can prioritise the order in which you study each module.

This unit will explore the basic concepts in transfusion sciences, including major blood group systems, the importance of antibodies in transfusion, the hazards associated with transfusion and haemovigilance.

In this unit we will understand donor requirements, blood donation, the screening of blood and the preparation of different components and their storage.

This unit will describe in detail the British Committee for Standards in Haematology (BCSH) guidelines for the use of blood and its components. It will also explain the use of information technology systems in the blood transfusion practice.

Learning outcomes

By completing this course you will:

Fees and funding

Fee: £125 (includes VAT)

Course requirements

The course is widely available for anyone to take part in regardless of age, location or education status.

However, there are some basic requirements. You will need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic devices, as well as a valid email address to register with our online learning environment in order to take part in the course.

You will need to agree to the terms and conditions before you start the course which will be available when you enrol.

Learners should have an understanding of the English Language and the ability to study in English.

How to enrol

All of our short courses are delivered through an easy-to-use online learning platform, which you can enrol from directly.

Dr Vadivel Parthsarathy

Dr Vadivel Parthsarathy
Course author

Vadivel Parthsarathy is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Derby.

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