The Clinical Toxicology master's degree program consists 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.
The Master's degree is aimed at professionals working in poison control centers, hospitals, and emergency departments, including but not limited to:
- Poison Control Centers Professionals
- Physicians Assistants
- Emergency Medical Assistants
- First responders including EMT's
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, graduation date, major Pharmaceutical Sciences, concentration Clinical Toxicology.
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||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 can be taken in any order and any semester, however, Literature Survey and Special Topics must be taken in your final semester.
|Course #||Course Title||Credits||Spring||Summer||Fall|
|The Toxicology of Licit and Illicit Drugs of Abuse OR
Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness
|PHA 6425||Drug Biotransformation and Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity||3||X||X|
Pharmaceutical Analysis 2 OR
Biosecurity and Microbial Forensics
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|
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. The special topics course must be taken in in the final semester, and students take a final comprehensive 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
The only passing grades for Graduate Students are A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, and C. Please note C+ and C grades count toward 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 a 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 a MS degree. These can include no more than 9 credits from institution/s approved by UF, with the balance obtained from nondegree and/or certificate courses at the University of Florida. These courses must be graduate level (5000-7999) and earned with a grade of B or better and the course(s) cannot have been taken longer than seven years from the term you begin as a MS student. To have credits reviewed for transfer from another University, please fax 352-273-8716 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the following:
- 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 Forensic Science 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 students will be required to take a comprehensive final examination on the courses covered in this program.
The academic advisor for this program is Dr. Oliver Grundmann.
Students taking UF Distance Education courses will also be granted online access to UF's Health Center Libraries.