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Forensic Toxicology Graduate Certificate

  • Graduate Certificate in Forensic Toxicology

    The University of Florida’s online Graduate Certificate in Forensic Toxicology* is comprised of five 3-credit courses and has been designed to meet the needs of today’s working professionals. The program, which is provided by the Department of Physiological Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine, focuses on general and advanced principles of toxicology, forensic toxicology, and drug biotransformation. It provides a strong working background in analytical techniques, pharmacokinetics, drug elimination, and toxicology, and it is novel in featuring modules in forensic pharmacology, doping control, postmortem toxicology, expert testimony, and QA/QC procedures.

    This program may be of interest to those currently working or seeking employment in the following areas:

    • Crime laboratories
    • Medical examiners’ offices
    • Police departments
    • Criminal defense firms
    • Prosecution attorneys’ offices
    • Hospital and clinical chemistry laboratories
    • Pharmaceutical companies
    • High school science programs

    Upon completion of the 15-credit graduate certificate program, students will receive a University of Florida Graduate Certificate in Forensic Toxicology. This graduate certificate program is open to appropriately qualified local, national, and international students. Learn about the faculty for this program.

    * This is a graduate certificate program as defined by the University of Florida and is distinct from certification in forensic toxicology offered by the ABFT and FTCB.

    Graduate Certificate in Forensic Toxicology - Course Overview

    Course # Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
    PHA 6425 Drug Biotransformation & Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity 3 x x
    VME 6613 Forensic Toxicology I 3 x x
    VME 6614 Forensic Toxicology II 3 x x
    VME 6602 General Toxicology 3 x x
    VME 6605 Toxic Substances 3 x x

    Course Syllabus Catalog

    The general course policies and the most recent course syllabus catalog are available as a PDF for download here.

    Graduation Requirements

    In order to earn this certificate, students must complete all required courses with a grade of C or higher and an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must apply to graduate in their final term.

    Library Access

    Students taking UF Forensic Science courses will also be granted online access to UF's Health Center Libraries.

    Graduate Certificate Minimum Requirements: For All (Domestic and International) Applicants

    1. A baccalaureate degree in a natural science subject from one of the institutional accreditors (or international equivalent) found in the “Accreditation” section at
    2. An upper-division GPA of 2.0 (C grade) or better.
      1. To calculate what your upper-division GPA is, please use the Upper Division GPA Worksheet.

    Additional Graduate Certificate Minimum Requirements: For International Students Only

    1. The English language skill requirements for admission
      TOEFL Exam Type Required Score
      Paper-based 550
      Computer-based 213
      Internet 80

    At a Glance

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