Principles of Clinical Toxicology

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Earn 8 ACCENT® continuing education credits and a certificate of completion for successfully completing the program before the access end date.

The program is composed of four courses, listed below. Each course can be completed online in approximately 2 hours, and contains a lecture, slides and transcripts, a quiz. Some include additional readings. Communicate questions or comments using the program discussion board.

  • Introduction to Clinical Toxicology
  • Immunoassays to Screen for Drugs of Abuse
  • Specimens for Toxicology Testing
  • Chromatography Basics for Toxicology Testing

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


Each year, approximately 4 million patients experience some kind of overdose, and 25% of those patients enter the health care setting to be evaluated for toxicity. The results from toxicology testing shape diagnosis and treatment decisions.

The Principles of Clinical Toxicology Certificate Program is a basic to intermediate-level program for scientists who work in laboratories that perform toxicology testing as well as other health care professionals with an interest in learning more about toxicology. This program is designed to provide a basic background in clinical toxicology and cover most screening procedures. The expert faculty have provided best practices within toxicology as well as research from recent studies to illustrate those practices.

After completion of the program, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamentals of toxicology beginning with what constitutes a toxic substance and how it is handled by the human body.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various specimen types and the use of testing to validate the acceptability of the specimen.
  • Discuss the how the laboratory can support patient care in toxicology cases.
  • Explain the principles of immunoassay testing.
  • Explain the principles of screening with chromatography testing and the various methods that can be used in toxicology testing.

The following individuals developed and contributed content to the program:

  • Donald Frederick, PhD, Faculty Chair
    PTPG, Peoria, IL
  • Robert L. Fitzgerald, PhD
    University of California-San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Stacy E.F. Melanson, MD, PhD
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • James Ritchie, PhD, DABCC, FACB
    Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Andrea Terrell, PhD, DABCC
    AIT Laboratories, Indianapolis, IN

Developed in cooperation with the AACC Therapeutic Drug Monitoring/Toxicology Division, and is supported by the Waters Corporation.​


    Open Enrollment Until December 31, 2014
    Program Access from January 1, 2014 until July 15, 2015

    Fee: $200 AACC Member/$400 Non-member
    Course Number: 8734
    8 ACCENT® continuing education credits

    • If you purchase the program on our website, processing is immediate and the login information will be on your AACC Web Orders confirmation email.
    • If you purchase the program over the telephone, order processing will take 3-4 business days. Access information will be emailed to you upon processing completion/enrollment.
    • If you purchase the program via US Post or fax, please allow 2 weeks for order processing.
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    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.

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This certificate program is supported by the Waters Corporation.