Basic Histocompatibility Course

The Basic Course is offered biennially and alternates with the Specialists Course.


To provide the technician/technologist with a well-rounded background in basic transplant immunology and related laboratory skills.



To meet the needs of the beginning HLA technician/technologist by providing pertinent information about HLA testing, methodologies, and information necessary to meet the ASHI Statement of Competency.



Each student will receive a comprehensive course syllabus containing:

  • Outline of each lecture
  • Notes for each lecture
  • References


Applicant Requirements:

Minimum of three months experience in an HLA Laboratory. B.S. degree in an appropriate biological science or MT(ASCP) or other appropriate registry.


Curriculum Outline

Laboratory Principles

  • General laboratory skills
  • The practicalities of tissue typing
  • Specimen collection, processing & handling
  • Instrumentation & equipment
  • Reagent preparation & quality control
  • Laboratory mathematics
  • Quality assurance
  • Other related techniques

    Scientific Background

  • Basic immunology
  • Genetics & histocompatibility
  • Crossmatching
  • Complement
  • Cellular immunology & assays
  • Antibody screening
  • Transplantation
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Parentage Determination
  • Flow Cytometry

    General Information

    Registration fee includes continental breakfast, breaks and lunch daily as well as welcome reception. Hotel, transportation and other arrangements/costs are the student's responsibility.

    The official language for the course is English.

    The course is ABHI certified.

    Please contact Arlene Skinner for additional information.

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