Laboratory-based Distance Master of Science Degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology Program


1. Overview

1a. Didactic Courses

1b. Research Activities

1c. Time Frame for Completing the Distance Learning Program


2. Admission to the Distance Learning Program

2a. Overall grade point average (GPA)

2b. GRE score

2c. English language proficiency scores for international applicants

2d. Letters of Academic recommendation

2e. Letter of Sponsorship

2f. Financial Aid

2g. Enrollment Requirements


3. Common Required Classes for Distance M.S. Programs

3a. Taking Quizzes and Exams in the Distance Learning Program

3b. Courses and Instructions for Completing the Research Requirements

3c. P&TX785 Distance Master’s Research Proposal Preparation Guidelines

3d. P&TX 885: Research in Pharmacology and Toxicology.  7 credits (up to 3 per semester)

3e. P&TX 889: Distance Master's Thesis Preparation and Submission (2 credits)


4. Instructions for Completing a Didactic Course in the Distance Learning Program


Example of a Student’s Project in our Laboratory-based M.S. Thesis

Title: Population Pharmacokinetic Analysis of Enrofloxacin and its Active Metabolite Ciprofloxacin Following Intravenous Injection in Cats With Reduced Kidney Function

Specific Aim 1: To determine if enrofloxacin and its active metabolite ciprofloxacin have reduced clearance in azotemic cats. Nonlinear mixed-effects modeling will be used to identify inter- and intra-subject variability and covariates that significantly affect the pharmacokinetics of the drug.

Specific Aim 2: To create a nomogram for antibiotic dosing based upon the observed population pharmacokinetic parameters that will account for variables that are found to alter drug elimination (e.g. serum creatinine concentration).

Distance Sites:

Animal Recruitment and Sample Collection: Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington DC

Sample Analysis:  North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine

Faculty Mentor- Dr. Nancy Muma


Independent Funding Awarded to Student (has a DVM degree)

Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation  

American Veterinary Medical Foundation


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