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The AATB Certified Tissue Bank Specialist Prep Course

What is the Tissue Bank Specialist Certification?
Certified Tissue Bank Specialist, or CTBS, is an individual designation attained by passing the CTBS Exam. This designation signifies that the certified individual has successfully demonstrated an understanding of the basic principles and concepts of tissue banking and the AATB Standards for Tissue Banking.

CTBS is the only professional designation available specifically for the tissue banking community and therefore encompasses all levels of tissue banking professionals, from those new to tissue banking to medical directors and executives.

About the CTBS Prep Course
The AATB CTBS Prep Course is the only AATB-sanctioned course providing examinees with content, materials, and tools to prepare for the CTBS exam. The 2024 CTBS Prep Course will be available from June 1, 2024, through October 30, 2024. This FREE program includes:

  • On-demand lectures covering all aspects of the CTBS exam
  • Access to the AATB Standards for Tissue Banking
  • Discussion forum
  • Live Q & A sessions
  • Practice quizzes

About the CTBS Exam 
The CTBS Exam is developed by the AATB Certification Committee. The exam is comprised of 120 multiple-choice questions related to quality assurance, distribution, donor screening & testing, processing, and recovery. The exam includes questions focused on all tissue for transplant, including musculoskeletal, cardiac, vascular, skin/dermis, and birth tissue. Examinees will have 120 minutes to complete the exam. The passing score is 72% for the CTBS Examination.

NOTE: The 2024 CTBS exam includes ten unscored questions to build future exams. An additional 15 minutes is provided to ensure ample time to answer these questions.

2024 Exam Dates
October 1-31, 2024

Member Rate: $675
Non-Member Rate: $975

Exam registration is conducted through your AATB portal account. Once logged in, click "CTBS Exam" in the left-hand navigation, then click "Allow" to allow your information to be passed over to Webassessor to register. If you do not already have an AATB portal account, you must create one.

CLICK HERE to find testing centers near you.

Registration for the CTBS Exam opens June 1.

Recommended Experience and (or) Educational Background
Baccalaureate Degree and six months of experience (or) 12 months of experience in one or more of the following tissue banking-related fields: assessing donor eligibility; tissue recovery; tissue establishment management/ leadership; tissue processing; storage or distribution; quality assurance; educator/trainer; end-user (i.e., orthopedist or dental surgeon); supplier or manufacturer for tissue establishments; or supporting role. Diversified tissue banking experience and participation in the AATB CTBS Exam Prep Course are highly recommended.

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