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
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
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