Texas State subscribes to the nationally recognized Human Subject protection training program offered by CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative). Curriculum content is provided by well-known experts and is updated regularly. The CITI program is available online 24 hours a day, and applicants can save their progress, log in and out of modules, and finish courses at their own pace.
The curriculum consists of a number of modules containing lessons and short multiple-choice quizzes. Content will vary somewhat between faculty level and student level courses, and between social and behavioral and biomedical modules.
Texas State subscribes to a number of courses used for various other training requirements through CITI. Because of this, IRB applicants must take care to register only for the required Basic Course in the protection of human subjects. Modules are customized for specific learner groups. Learners should choose the Basic Course.
1. It is very important to choose the correct learner group.
Students and faculty should NOT choose “Administration” or “Institutional Review Board” as their learner group.
Acceptable faculty (or staff) learner groups:
Biomedical Research Investigators
Social and Behavioral Research
Acceptable student learner groups:
Biomedical Research Medical Students
Social and Behavioral Research Students
2. The training program will ask you whether or not you have taken a previous training. First time applicants SHOULD ALWAYS ANSWER "I HAVE NOT TAKEN A PREVIOUS TRAINING." If you answer yes, you will be sent to the refresher training, which will not be accepted from first time applicants.
3. You should ignore the questions regarding animal use.
4. Answer the final question regarding RCR training with "Not at this time."
5. Always check to make sure you have successfully registered in the human subjects protection Basic Course for your learner group. Check the course title, your learner group, and finally, make sure that, as you move through the modules, the content refers to Human Subjects and IRBs. If it does not, you are in the wrong course and need to re-register.
(Note: CITI has announced plans to upgrade of their website sometime during Spring 2013. The details above may change at that time. The Office of Research Integrity & Compliance will alert users with updated information as soon as we are notified.)
Texas State University’s Assurance with the federal Office of Human Research Protections requires that the University provide an education program in Human Subjects Protection. Completion of the Basic Course is required for Texas State faculty and students submitting an application to the IRB, and for faculty supervising student applicants.
At any time learners can access their own password and log in ID and training records directly from CITI.
IRB applicants are now required to include CITI training completion dates in their Synopsis at the time of application to the IRB. Student applicants must also provide training completion dates of their supervising faculty.
If you have taken a comparable training elsewhere in the past three years, uploade a copy of your completion details in your IRB Synopsis.