Certificate Program in Forensic Toxicology
Jan. 15, 2015 - May. 17, 2015
The Center for Forensic Science Research & Education
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2300 Stratford Ave., Willow Grove PA
Tuition Cost: $1,500
Analysts in forensic and analytical toxicology laboratories have coursework and laboratory experience that qualified them for their entry level positions. This course is designed to reinforce and cover in greater depth current principles and practice of state of the art analytical toxicology, and the latest techniques. The course begins with an overview of toxicology, essential elements of quality assurance, principles and practice, functional group chemistry as it applies to analysis, and an in depth review of the theory and practice of gas and liquid chromatography and key mass spectrometric methods including tandem and time of flight mass spectrometry. Forensic post-mortem toxicology and topics related to sample preparation and sample analysis are also included. The course finishes with implementation and evaluation of method validation and quality assurance. This unique forty-hour program, spread over 15 weeks, sharpens and refreshes your understanding of analytical techniques. The faculty are experts in forensic toxicology and familiar with the day to day challenges and troubleshooting required to understand and effectively use these techniques. This program is designed to prepare appropriately qualified individuals for either the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) Diplomate or Specialist Exam, or the Forensic Toxicology Certification Board (FTCB) Exam.
This 15-week course will provide bench-level scientists (B.S. or M.S. in life science) with higher level training in analytical techniques necessary for troubleshooting and critical review of laboratory results. This course will provide the foundation to enable scientists to think beyond the bench procedure and develop a career path to department supervisor, toxicologist, certifying scientist, or R&D. The course provides the basis to enable a scientist to prepare for the analytical portions of the ABFT exam.
Students must have a bachelors degree in life science, AND at least six months experience working full-time at the bench in the field of analytical toxicology or chemistry. Course work should include General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Instrumental Methods, and Statistics for Physical Sciences. Qualified students not meeting these requirements may be admitted with a waiver by the Course Director.
The instructors are professionals working in the field of analytical toxicology, many at
NMS Labs, but other similarly qualified individuals are involved. Visit our Course Instructors page to learn more.