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Certificate Program

Principles of Clinical Toxicology Certificate Program 2018

  • Credit: 8.0 ACCENT
  • Level: Intermediate

Price: $400.00

Member Price: $200.00

Rating: Member Average


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 1-2 hours, and contains a lecture, reference materials and a quiz. Some include additional required 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 of completion are awarded online upon successful completion of the program. Graduates are recognized on a register located on the certificate program web page.

Please note that the completion of an online certificate program should be listed within the education section of a resume or CV. It is not equivalent to completing a board certification process.

Speaker Presentation Description

Launch Year: 2012

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


Open Enrollment until December 31, 2018
Program Access from January 1, 2018 until July 15, 2019

Fee: $200 AACC Member/$400 Non-member

Course Number: 11791

8 ACCENT® continuing education credit

  • If you purchase the program on our website, order processing is immediate.
  • If you purchase the program over the telephone, order processing will take 3-4 business days.
  • If you purchase the program via US Post or fax, please allow 2 weeks for order processing.
  • In all cases, program access information will be sent in an email titled AACC Order Confirmation once the order process is complete. Haven’t received your access information? We recommend checking your Spam/Junk Mail in case the confirmation email is filtered there. If you cannot locate the email, please contact AACC Customer Service.


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.


You must have Internet access and Internet browser software installed on your computer to view the e-learning materials in this course, as well as Adobe Reader. We recommend the following Internet browsers and browser settings.

  • Internet Explorer version 11 or higher
  • Mozilla Firefox version 33 or higher
  • Google Chrome version 36 or higher
  • Apple Safari version 6 or higher


You will need speakers attached to your computer to hear the audio files associated with some of the course materials.


For best viewing, your screen resolution should be 1024 x 768 or higher.


Cancellations and refunds are not available for e-learning courses.


1/1/2018 12:00 AM Until 12/31/2018 11:59 PM

Supported by

This program was developed in cooperation with the Therapeutic Drug Management and Toxicology Division.