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Course Overview

This course provides you with advanced topics and techniques for cell sorting with a BD cell sorter. In this course, you will learn how to define effective sorting criteria for various samples, including large cells, rare events, and small particles. You will apply the principles you learned to improve stream stability while using a custom sheath pressure. Additionally, you will learn to use Poisson statistics to calculate the projected sort rate, efficiency, and sort time for a given population.


Course Details

This course blends advanced-topic lectures, and group discussions, with plenty of hands-on time to practice what you have learned. Continue your journey beyond basic operator training with additional skills to help you improve your sort results from sample preparation to recovery.

Target audience:
Sort operators who have completed training for any of the BD FACSAriaor the BD FACSAria Fusion Cell Sorters, or who have experience setting up a BD FACSAria or BD FACSymphonyS6 Cell Sorter with minimal assistance.

You will be expected to perform basic sorting tasks with minimal assistance during the hands-on portion of the course.

Training at BD

Join us at our BD Biosciences Training Center

Location: San Jose, CA

Duration: 3 days

Instruments: The class is taught on BD FACSAria™ Cell Sorters, but topics also apply to BD FACSymphony™ S6 Cell Sorters.

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Training virtually at your location

Training is delivered online through a web conferencing application. This training will use your sorter in your lab.

Location: Online

Duration: Online lecture meets for approximately 3 hours each Monday for 4 weeks. Perform the hands-on practice at your own pace anytime prior to the next lecture day.

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Continuing Education Credit

BD Biosciences is an approved provider for continuing education programs. This course is eligible for 19.5 hrs of continuing education credit you can use to maintain your ASCP SCYM certification after passing the exam.

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) offers a certification exam for Specialist in Cytometry (SCYM). The Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) is the system that keeps track of requirements to maintain your certification after passing the exam.



For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.

BD Flow Cytometers are Class 1 Laser Products.