Chemical Spot Tests for Illicit Drugs discusses testing procedures, methods, and instrumentation used when performing chemical spot tests on illicit drugs. The course will review a number of common chemical spot tests used in the forensic field to presumptively test for illicit drugs, as well as the mechanisms behind the tests. The course is intended for anyone working in the forensic science or law enforcement field who is interested in learning more about chemical spot tests and how they are used.
Cost: $0-225. This class takes 5 hours to complete, on average.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Explain what chemical spot tests are and why they are used
Explain what chemical spot tests should be used to detect specific drugs
Describe the steps used when performing chemical spot tests
Explain what colors indicate presumptive positive results for each test
Course Structure and Schedule
This is a non-credit course offering 2.1 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 5 hours. The course cost is $225 per registration (with the exception of public lab employees, law enforcement, public attorneys, and federal employees – please see "Registration Information" below). A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.
Table of Contents:
Unit 1: Introduction
Unit 2: The Chemistry of Color
Unit 3: Characteristics of Illicit Drugs
Unit 4: Chemical Spot Tests for Illicit Drugs
Unit 5: Mechanisms of Chemical Spot Tests
There are no prerequisites for this class. A printable version of the course content is available in PDF format in the course library for future reference. Course readings are also available in PDF format.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to know how to perform chemical spot tests in order to take this course? Answer: No, it is not necessary to have knowledge of chemical spot tests to take this course. This course is designed for any level of forensic or law enforcement professional so those working with chemical spot tests on a regular basis may find this course to be very basic.
Is knowledge of chemistry required for this course? Answer: No it is not required, but this course will discuss some chemistry elements involved with chemical spot tests.
I answered a question with the correct answer, why was it marked incorrect? Answer: All quizzes are reviewed and manually graded by the instructor which can take up to 72 hours after the quiz is submitted. Keep in mind grading is not performed on weekends, holidays, or after close of business. The updated grade will appear in the “my grades” tab in the course once it has been updated.
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Basic computer skills required (i.e. turning on your computer, navigating to websites, etc.). The course is user-friendly but support is available if needed.
Samantha Neal is the Instructional Coordinator for the Forensic Science Initiative, a program that develops research, scientific resources, and professional training for forensic scientists and related professionals. Her primary responsibilities are the development and coordination of online continuing education courses in forensic science and continuing education programs. She has undergraduate degrees in both Forensic and Investigative Sciences and Chemistry.
Contact: email@example.com, 304-293-5836
Sarah is a Forensic Science Technician with Forensic Science Initiative. She has a Bachelor's in Biology from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Sarah has also earned her Master's in Forensic Science from Towson University. During her graduate studies, Sarah was involved in research funded by the NIJ. The project focused on finding new serological tests using DNA as the substrate. Her responsibilities include assisting with online classes, developing a relationship with vendors, and helping with training. Sarah is a native of Wyckoff, NJ. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 304-293-9540.
Please read below to determine your eligibility. If you have any eligibility questions please contact Forensic Science Initiative at FSI@mail.wvu.eduBEFORE you register. Registration is accepted year-round for this course.
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