This program is designed for clinical laboratory scientists who wish to specialize in the area of drug analysis. However, previous training in clinical laboratory sciences is not mandatory. Applicants with bachelorâ€™s degrees in the major sciences, e.g. chemistry and biology are however required to take courses in clinical chemistry. In addition to academic and professional courses in forensic and medical toxicology, the students undertake an internship in the forensic toxicology laboratory of the Bexar County Medical Examinerâ€™s office. There may be opportunities for electives with the San Antonio Police Department.
The program offers two tracks - a thesis option, which requires a major research project or a non-thesis option. After three years of professional experience, graduates who elected to work in the area of forensic toxicology are eligible to sit for examinations offered by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology, which will certify them as forensic toxicology specialists. Our graduates have also found employment in state crime laboratories, The Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).