Course Detail: NCFOFC - Roadside Oral Fluids Testing

Roadside Oral Fluids Testing is an on-demand five-module self-paced course. Law enforcement officers face the challenge of keeping motorists safe when irresponsible drivers get behind the wheel under the influence of drugs that cannot be detected using a breathalyzer. New roadside screening instruments have been developed to detect these drugs in oral fluid samples and can be performed by certified officers similar to using a breathalyzer to detect alcohol in breath. This course describes two roadside instruments for testing oral fluid and also describes a method for collecting an additional oral fluid sample to be sent to the lab for confirmation testing. Officers completing this course will be prepared to take a certification exam, which will qualify them to administer these tests and collections. Officers will view lectures and video demonstrations of using the instruments and collection devices. The course is presented by Curt E. Harper, Ph.D., F-ABFT, Chief Toxicologist with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.

Course Level Learning Objectives: 
  • Describe the difference between using oral fluid for roadside screening and using oral fluid for evidentiary testing. 
  • List the screening devices used for roadside screen collection of oral fluids and collection devices used for evidentiary collection of oral fluid. 
  • Describe the process for collecting and testing a sample for the purpose of roadside screening using an Abbott SoToxa or Draeger DT5000.
  • Describe the process for collecting oral fluid using Quantisal? Oral Fluid Collection Device.
  • Describe the process for submitting an evidentiary sample to the lab. 
For assistance registering for this course, please contact UA Registration Services at 205-348-3000.

Registration confirmation will be sent once registration is complete. Credentials to login for the course will be sent separately. 

This course was approved for 1.75 hours of continuing education credit by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.

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