Certificate Program

Introductory Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry for the Clinical Laboratory 2017

  • Credit: 12.0 ACCENT
  • Level: Beginner

Price: $550.00

Member Price: $275.00

Rating: Member Average


Earn 12 ACCENT® continuing education credits and a certificate of completion for successfully completing the program before the access end date.

The program is composed of ten courses, listed below. Each course can be completed online in 1-3 hours and contains a lecture, reference materials and a quiz. Some include a required reading and practical exercises. Communicate questions or comments using the program discussion board.

  • Why MS and its General Applications
  • Basic Laboratory Techniques
  • MS-Grade Reagents and Internal Calibrators
  • Basic Calculations
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography Introduction
  • Mass Spectrometry Introduction
  • Introduction to Sample Preparation and Basic Techniques
  • Reporting Results
  • Implementing Mass Spectrometry
  • Overall Training

Certificates of completion are awarded online upon successful completion of the program. Graduates are recognized on a register located on the certificate program web page.

Please note that the completion of an online certificate program should be listed within the education section of a resume or CV. It is not equivalent to completing a board certification process.

Speaker Presentation

This ten-course program was developed with clinical laboratory professionals in mind, particularly technologists who wish to be introduced to the principles, theory and inner workings of liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) for laboratory analyses. , as well as directors or supervisors who are considering bringing mass spectrometry technology to their laboratory and would like a primer course to the technology and its applications. The content of this program is at the basic level and yet covers the essential aspects of LC-MS/MS system and its applications in laboratory medicine. It would most benefit learners who have limited exposure to the technology through prior training or use or those who have prior training in the technology and would like to gain understanding of the clinical aspects of LC-MS/MS.

For an introduction about this new program please view this preview presentation by the Program Chair.

After completing this program, participants will be able to:

  • List the major clinical applications of mass spectrometry in clinical practices and describe the limitations and advantages of mass spectrometry
  • Understand the differences between gravimetric and volumetric measurement, and learn how to apply good measurement practices
  • Review appropriate selection and production of reagents and standard materials
  • Properly calculate unit conversions and dilutions, and implement QA monitoring for MS assays
  • Understand the functions of HPLC system components and its basic separation mechanisms
  • Learn the components of a mass spectrometer, and applications for different scan modes and approaches for data analysis
  • Recognize and differentiate common sample preparation techniques, and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of implementing manual vs. automated sample preparation protocols
  • Determine the proper ways for numerical data reporting using calibration curves and the integrity of the results.
  • Explain what mass spectrometry specifications are important to consider when selecting an instrument, and the financial considerations for purchasing a mass spectrometry system
  • Describe training plan components need to meet guidance and regulatory standards, and be able to design essential tools to document training and competency assessment for a clinical mass spectrometry laboratory

These expert faculty and educators developed and contributed to the content in this program:

  • Y. Victoria Zhang, PhD, DABCC, Faculty Chair
    University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
  • Judith Stone, PhD, DABCC, MT (ASCP)
    University of California-San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Yusheng Zhu, PhD, DABCC FACB
    Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
  • Deborah French, PhD, DABCC
    University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • Kara Lynch, PhD, DABCC FACB
    University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • Lorin Bachmann, PhD, DABCC
    Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, VA
  • Steven Cotten, PhD, DABCC FACB
    Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH
  • Michael Wright
    SEALS, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia
  • Frederick Strathmann, PhD, DABCC (CC, TC)
    ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Shannon Haymond, PhD, DABCC FACB
    Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Faye Vicente, C(ASCP)CM
    Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL

Developed with AACC’s Mass Spectrometry and Separation Sciences Division.

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Enrollment Details

Open Enrollment from December 31, 2017 
Program Access until July 15, 2018

Fee: $275 AACC Member/$550 Non-member

Course Number: 11230

12 ACCENT® continuing education credit

  • If you purchase the program on our website, order processing is immediate.
  • If you purchase the program over the telephone, order processing will take 3-4 business days.
  • If you purchase the program via US Post or fax, please allow 2 weeks for order processing.
  • In all cases, program access information will be sent in an email titled AACC Order Confirmation once the order process is complete. Haven’t received your access information? We recommend checking your Spam/Junk Mail in case the confirmation email is filtered there. If you cannot locate the email, please contact AACC Customer Service.


ACCENT® credit is offered. AACC is an approved provider of continuing education for clinical laboratory scientists in the states of California, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.

Internet Access and Browser Information

You must have Internet access and Internet browser software installed on your computer to view the e-learning materials in this course, as well as Adobe Reader. We recommend the following Internet browsers and browser settings.

  •     Internet Explorer version 11 or higher
  •     Mozilla Firefox version 33 or higher
  •     Google Chrome version 36 or higher
  •     Apple Safari version 6 or higher

Audio Speakers

You will need speakers attached to your computer to hear the audio files associated with some of the course materials.

Screen Resolution

For best viewing, your screen resolution should be 1024 x 768 or higher.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and refunds are not available for e-learning courses

Registration/Order Form

1/1/2017 12:00 AM Until 12/31/2017 11:59 PM

Registration Form (PDF Format)

Supported By

Developed in cooperation with AACC’s Mass Spectrometry and Separation Sciences Division, and supported by