Ongoing education and training in protection of human subjects is a federal requirement for anyone engaged in research. Towson University has partnered with The University of Miami's Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to provide online training for faculty, staff, students, and external investigators unaffiliated with another institution.
The Institutional Review Board requires ALL individuals (including IRB members and administrators) engaged in human participant research at Towson University to complete CITI’s human participant protections training. Any personnel interacting and/or intervening with human subjects or handles the personally identifiable data of a human subject (e.g. data collection/analysis) must complete CITI training. This includes any student investigator and co-investigator (internal or external).
If you have previously completed CITI training under a different institution, please submit copies of your certification to the IRB office for record keeping.
Towson University’s IRB will accept certification from different human subjects research programs. If you have completed a training program similar to CITI (e.g. Johns Hopkins Online Human Research Protection Program), please notify the IRB office and submit copies of your certification.
You can register online here for a new user account.
There are no fees for you to join. Towson has already subscribed as a member organization, so upon registration you will need to affiliate with Towson University to gain access to available CITI courses. If you join as an independent learner you will need to pay for your own courses.
The courses you are required to take are based on the options you choose under the questions presented when you select “Add a Course” on the “Select Curriculum” page. The questions most important for IRB are questions (1) Responsible Conduct of Research and (3) Human Subjects Research. The type of research you are conducting will influence your choices for these questions.
CITI Program courses consist of various modules that contain detailed content, images, supplemental materials (such as case studies), and a quiz. Each module varies in length, but is designed to take about 30 to 45 minutes to complete. The average learner spends approximately 4-6 hours to complete a “Basic Course.” To complete a “Refresher Course,” the average learner spends approximately 2 hours.
You will want to plan your time accordingly to complete CITI training in time for the review of your IRB application.
Applications will not move forward to review until ALL necessary personnel have completed training.
Yes. You must score at least an 80% in order to pass each module and receive certification for that course. You may re-take a module as many times as needed to receiving a passing score.
CITI training is valid for a total of three (3) years. After that, investigators must complete the “Refresher” courses. Investigators need to be aware of when their expiration date is to complete the refresher course(s) in a timely manner. Failure to complete the renewal course before the expiration date may impact your study.