Clinical Mass Spectrometry

About this program

Medical laboratory scientists with training in mass spectrometry are in demand in the clinical laboratory. This series of courses is designed for anyone in the clinical laboratory field who wants to learn about mass spectrometry and utilize this technology in the clinical laboratory. No background knowledge in mass spectrometry is needed as we will cover the fundamentals and build on them throughout the program. Recommended background for participants is a college course in Biochemistry. Those with some mass spectrometry experience will also benefit from these courses as we will cover mass spectrometry theory in detail and apply this knowledge to clinical based samples. We will also cover instrument maintenance and trouble shooting tips.

The current series of courses are as follows:

BLD 870 - Clinical Mass Spectrometry Theory (2 credits)
This course covers mass spectrometry theory. Included are principles of instrumentation, liquid and gas chromatography theory and data analysis as it applies to the clinical laboratory.

BLD 871 - Applied Clinical Mass Spectrometry (2 credits)
This course will apply clinical mass spectrometry principles to sample preparation, platform selection, data analysis, standards, and quality control.

BLD 872 - Clinical Mass Spectrometry Laboratory (2 credits)

This one week intensive laboratory course is offered during the summer semester here on the campus of Michigan State University.  The laboratory will give you hands-on experience with sample preparation, instrument operation, data interpretation, and instrument maintenance as it relates to the clinical practice.


You may purchase your books through any retailer.

BLD 870 - Mass Spectrometry: Principles and Applications, 3rd Edition
Author: Edmond de Hoffmann, Vincent Stroobant.
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience, October 17, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-470-03310-1 (paperback)

BLD 871 - A Practical Guide to Implementing Clinical Mass Spectrometry Systems, 1st Edition
Author: Neil Leaver
Publisher: ILM Publications, January 31, 2011
ISBN-13: 978-1906799106

BLD 872 - A laboratory manual will be provided.

Cost of the Course

Registration fees are paid on a per-credit hour basis and will be billed to your account at the time registration. This course is two credits. For the 2017 - 2018 academic year (August - May) the fees are as follows:

  • Michigan Residents Status: $776.50/credit or $1,553.00* (per course)
  • Non-Michigan Resident Status: $931.00/credit or $1,862.00* (per course)

*Course fees are subject to change with approval of vote by Board of Trustees and some additional fees for international students may be applicable. Current list of fees.

Registration for lifelong education student to take courses.

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