Donating whole blood is an easy way to help us save lives! Here's what to expect when you donate blood with ARUP. 


  • Provide your picture identification at the front desk.
  • Read over the donation information the receptionist provides.
  • Fill out a registration form.
  • If you are 16–17 years old, present your signed parental permission slip.

Learn more about eligibility and qualifications.


Complete a Medical Screening

  • A blood center technician will take your vital signs and check your hematocrit (iron) level.
  • We will ask some questions about your health in a private setting.
  • During this process, you may be temporarily or permanently deferred based on strict FDA guidelines.




  • A medical professional will clean your arm and use a sterile needle for the draw.
    • Each needle is discarded after one use!
  • Whole blood donations typically take 6–10 minutes.
  • We test every donation to identify the ABO and RH blood type.



Refresh and Recover

  • Take some free refreshments and relax in the canteen to raise your blood sugar and replenish your fluids.
  • After you leave, feel free to resume your normal routine.



Donate Again!

  • Give the gift of life by donating whole blood as often as every 56 days.
  • You will receive the results of your blood type test.
       Learn more about blood types.
  • We will notify you when your blood has been used to save a life.

ARUP is the sole blood provider for University of Utah Health hospitals and clinics and the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Check Our Donor Qualifications

To donate blood, you must:

  • Be in good health.
  • Weigh at least 110 lbs.
  • Be at least 18 years old, or 16 with a signed parental permission slip.
  • Meet any additional donor qualifications.

Schedule an appointment

Call 801-584-5272 or click here to schedule an appointment.