Mass spectrometry education and training is an individualized process these days. There are online tutorials, two-day seminars, onsite and offsite workshops, college and university classes. The student needs to look at the equation and ask, “Is it a chemistry, biomedical or other degree that is important and necessary for my career path?” or, “Do I simply need a rigorous program that will get me in the lab quickly?”
You can find good non-accredited education online and at training centers. Research schools and courses the same way parents and high school students look for the right college or university to attend. Understand that there are plenty of con artists out there, on the web especially, offering less than sterling courses too. Buyer beware. Consider the following when looking for mass spec training:
1. Find established schools and training programs for mass spectrometry training.
2. Take a training course or online class for mass spectrometry.
3. Use the many resources, information pages and forums for mass spec.
Use established training centers and schools for mass spectrometry coursesTake classes at a brick and mortar school or training facility center where you can do hands on work in a lab and see a big screen with a live instructor.
Charles V. Schaefer Jr. School of Engineering and Science in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Take rigorous mass spectrometry training class at the site of your own business or onlineProfessional instructors will travel to your place of business for training sessions. Online programs can deliver the training you need as well. Look for testimonials and professional looking websites. There are as many or more low standard programs and even scams online, as well. Find the great programs by researching, asking questions and scrutinizing.
Find online mass spectrometry training, tutorials and interest groupsTutorials and instructional websites about mass spectrometry are abundant on the web.
University of Arizona offers a helpful tutorial on mass spectrometry. A NIC group in Frederick, Maryland sponsors a Mass Spectrometry Interest Group. Participants meet once a month and discuss current literature, applications, techniques and continuing education about mass spectrometry. ASMS gives you educational resources for mass spectrometry. Scripps has a free online tutorial on mass spectrometry as well.
- When it comes to online programs, formulate clear goals and needs before choosing mass spec courses. If you want accredited, check for accreditation. Maybe you just need a rigorous program to get you up to speed quick. Beware of mass spectrometry classes that promise more than they can deliver or that are too expensive. Look at testimonials and teacher credentials and backgrounds to find good courses that meet your needs.