Fundamentals of Forensic Toxicology


Fundamentals of Forensic Toxicology is an introductory course that discusses the basic principles and procedures used in forensic toxicology. The course content addresses the practices and methods used, but also the proper handling of specimens and quality assurance practices. The intended audience for this course is people new to the field of forensic toxicology, interested in the field, or a review of the topic.

Cost: $150.00. This course takes 20 hours to complete, on average.


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Define toxicology vs. forensic toxicology
  • Define pharmacology
  • Define postmortem toxicology and discuss why it is important in death investigations
  • Define human performance toxicology
  • Explain why workplace drug testing is considered a part of forensic toxicology
  • Explain what a presumptive test is and why it is used in forensic toxicology
  • Explain what a confirmatory test is and why it is used in forensic toxicology

Course Structure and Schedule

This is a non-credit course offering 3.6 ILUs. (What is ILU?) Average completion time for the course is 20 hours. The instructor should be notified if an extension is required. The course cost is $150.00 per registration. A certificate of completion will be issued to students successfully meeting course requirements.

Table of Contents

Unit 1: Introduction to Toxicology
Unit 2: Forensic Pharmacology
Unit 3: Roles of the Forensic Toxicologist
Unit 4: Postmortem Toxicology
Unit 5: Human Performance Toxicology
Unit 6: Workplace Drug Testing
Unit 7: Specimen Preparation and Extraction Methods
Unit 8: Presumptive Tests
Unit 9: Confirmatory Tests
Unit 10: Drugs Commonly Tested for in Forensic Toxicology
Unit 11: Quality Assurance/Quality Control


There are no prerequisites for this course.  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 be familiar with toxicology to take this course?

Answer: No, this course is intended for any forensic or law enforcement professional with an interest in learning more about forensic toxicology.

I answered a question with the correct answer, why was it marked incorrect?

Answer: All quizzes are manually graded by the instructor which can take up to 72 hours.  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. 

Why can’t I see the animations in the course content?

Answer: The required course plug-ins may not be installed.  Necessary course plug-ins can be found in the “Getting Started” button of the course on the page titled “eCampus Tutorial”.  Click on the tab “Required Browser Plugins” and download the four listed programs.

Computer Requirements

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Quicktime
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Java

There are free software plug-ins available in the Getting Started area of the course.

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.

All Students: Using Internet Explorer (IE) 10? Read info on eCampus Main Page

Instructor Information

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:, 304-293-5836

Brianne Miller is an Instructional Coordinator for the Forensic and Investigative Science Outreach program. Brianne earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Forensic Science from Waynesburg University in 2011. In 2013, she also earned her Masters of Science degree from the Forensic and Investigate Science Program here at West Virginia University. Prior to joining the Outreach program, Brianne worked as an adjunct Chemistry Professor at Waynesburg University where she taught Organic Chemistry lab and lecture. Brianne is an online instructor for Biological Evidence, Bloodstain Pattern, Chemical Spot Testing, DNA Analysis of Forensic Based Evidence, Evidence Analysis, Forensic Toxicology and Hair Evaluation.

Registration Information 

Click on the "Register Now" button at the top to register online through our secure server. You will be receiving email with your online course access information within five working days. Please check your spam or junk folder in case the confirmation email was misplaced there. Call 1-800-253-2762, or email if you have any questions. Major credit cards are accepted.

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Group Discount

We offer discounts for groups over 10. All individuals in the group need to register for the same course to take advantage of the discount. Discount rates vary by group size as follows:

  • 10-20 people 10% off
  • 21-30 people 15% off
  • 31-40 people 20% off
  • Above 40, contact for special pricing

Interested in a group discount?  Please contact the Continuing & Professional Education office at (304) 293-7570 or email us at for a coupon code.

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