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Clinical Toxicology Master’s Program

  • The clinical toxicology master's degree program is composed of 32 credits and is designed for health-science professionals who wish to advance their knowledge in the medical and toxicological principles of toxicants, drugs of abuse, drug biotransformation, analysis of drugs and treatment approaches to the poisoned or overdosed patient.

    This master's degree is aimed at professionals working in poison control centers, hospitals and emergency departments. This includes but is not limited to:

    • Poison control center professionals
    • Pharmacists
    • Nurses
    • Physicians
    • Physician assistants
    • Emergency medical assistants
    • First responders, including EMTs

    Upon completion of the program, your diploma will state Master of Science in Pharmacy issued by the Graduate School of the University of Florida. The transcripts will read: Master of Science in Pharmacy, your graduation date, major Pharmaceutical Sciences, concentration Clinical Toxicology.

    Advanced Career Opportunities

    Diversify your skills and make yourself a more versatile asset in the workforce with a master’s degree in clinical toxicology. Potential careers for individuals with a graduate degree in clinical toxicology include medical scientist, biochemist, biophysicist, epidemiologist and statistician. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, each of these occupations enjoys a higher median salary and occupational growth rate when compared to the average of U.S. professions overall.

    UF Benefits

    • Stellar Reputation:
      U.S. News & World Report recently ranked UF highly in a number of categories.
    • Convenience and Efficiency:
      You can complete the online master’s degree program in as little as two years or the online graduate certificate in as little as one year with no required campus visits and no GRE requirement. Our online courses feature asynchronous elements which allow you to complete your coursework at your own pace.
    • Collaborative Environment:
      Our faculty fosters and encourages partnerships with other UF departments and with scientists around the world.

    Core-Required Courses

    Core-required courses must be completed before your final semester and should be completed before the required courses.

    Course # Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
    PHA 6556 Introduction to Clinical Toxicology 3 X X X
    PHA 6935 Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Clinical Toxicology 3 X X
    VME 6602 General Toxicology 3 X X
    PHA 6557 Clinical Toxicology 1 3 X X
    VME 6605 Toxic Substances 3 X X
    VME 6766 Laboratory QA/QC 3 X X X

    Required Courses

    Required courses can be taken in any order; however, Literature Survey and Special Topics must be taken in your final semester.

    Course # Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
    PHA 6935 The Toxicology of Licit and Illicit Drugs of Abuse 3 X X
    PHA 6425 Drug Biotransformation and Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity 3 X X
    PHA 6417 Pharmaceutical Analysis 2 3 X   X
    PHA 6354
    PHA 6534
    PHA 6357
    Natural Medicinal Products OR
    Toxicology of Chemical Weapons OR
    Herbal and Dietary Supplements
    PHA 6936 Literature Survey (Clinical Toxicology) 1 X X X
    PHA 6936 Special Topics in Clinical Toxicology (final exam using ProctorU) 1 X X X

    Elective Courses

    Below are optional elective courses that students may complete in addition to the Core-Required and Required courses.

    Course # Course Title Credits Spring Summer Fall
    PHA 6935 Occupational Toxicology 3 X X
    PHA 6563 Pathophysiology of Disease I 3 X X
    PHA 6935 Pathophysiology of Disease II 3 X X

    Students graduating in the fall/spring must take at least 3 credits in the final semester. Plan to take a Required Course in addition to Special Topics. In the Special Topics course, students take a comprehensive final exam using ProctorU.

    Students graduating in the summer must take at least 2 credits in the final semester.

    Recommended Course Order:

    The following is a recommended course order for Clinical Toxicology:

    • Introduction to Clinical Toxicology and Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Clinical Toxicology should be taken first.
    • General Toxicology is recommended before Drug Biotransformation & Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity, Clinical Toxicology 1, and Toxic Substances.
    • Lab QA/QC, The Toxicology of Licit and Illicit Drugs of Abuse, Natural Medicinal Products, and Pharmaceutical Analysis 2 can be taken at any time.
    • Special Topics and Literature Survey should be taken in the final semester.

    Course Syllabus Catalog

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

    Requirements To Earn Degree

    In order to graduate, you must meet the following conditions:

    • Completion of all required courses and necessary electives (32 total credits)
      • Only courses completed with a grade of “C” or higher can be counted toward a degree
    • An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • A major GPA of 3.0 or higher

    Grade Requirements:

    The only passing grades for graduate students are “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” and “C.” Please note “C+” and “C” grades count toward the degree only if an equal number of courses numbered 5000 or higher have been earned with “B+,” “A-,” or “A,” respectively. If a grade of “C-” or below is earned, the student will need to re-take the course when it is offered again to have it count toward an MS degree.

    Please also note, as stated below, courses taken before being in the MS status must be earned as a “B” grade or higher to transfer toward the MS degree. Grades earned with a “B-” or less will not transfer.

    Transfer of Credits Toward MS:

    A maximum of 15 transfer credits are allowed to count toward the MS degree. These can include no more than nine credits from institutions approved by UF, with the remaining six credits obtained from non-degree seeking and/or graduate certificate courses at the University of Florida. These courses must be graduate level (5000-7999) and earned with a grade of “B” or higher to transfer. All work counted toward your master's degree must be completed during the seven years immediately preceding the term in which the degree is awarded. To have credits from another university reviewed for transfer, please email the following documents:

    • A copy of your transcript (including a transcript key usually found on the back of the transcript)
    • A course syllabus for review of what was covered in the course
    • A letter containing which course(s) you would like to be considered for transfer and which course(s) you think the course(s) will replace in the Clinical Toxicology program

    We will forward the request to the Supervisory Committee for your major who will then make a decision. Also, if your official transcript is not already on file with the Office of Admissions, please send it to:

    University of Florida
    Office of Admissions
    201 Criser Hall - PO Box 114000
    Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

    Special Topics Course:

    The 1-credit topics course will consist of three days of reviews, oral examination and comprehensive final examination conducted entirely online. Refer to Critical Dates for specific dates the course will be held each term.


    In addition to tests, examinations and other assessments incorporated in the individual courses, master's degree students will be required to take a comprehensive final examination on the courses covered in this program.

    Academic Advisor

    The academic advisor for this program is Dr. Oliver Grundmann.

    Library Access:

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

    Application Information:

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