Human Subjects Training
All investigators (faculty, staff and students) are required to complete the CITI Program training in human subjects protection prior to conducting research using human subjects. Human-subjects researchers are required to take either the “social-behavioral-educational” or the “biomedical” version of the “Human Subjects Researcher” course, depending on your discipline. While other courses, such as “Responsible Conduct of Research,” are beneficial for your ethical understanding of various aspects of the research process, TCU requires the “Human Subjects Researcher” course because it provides sufficient, in-depth understanding of the particular ethical and logistical concerns associated with researching human subjects.
This training requirement applies regardless of whether such research receives external funding, and it applies to all academic levels. This training expires every four (4) years. The expiration date for CITI training must also not fall within a protocol’s would-be Approval Period (one calendar year).
While the IRB has accepted NIH training in the past and encouraged PIs to take CITI as their NIH training expired, TCU will no longer accept NIH training for new protocols, requests for continuing review, and requests for modifications/amendments starting Monday, Oct. 1, 2018.
The CITI Program is an on-line training program and can be found at www.citiprogram.org. Detailed instructions regarding how to create an account can be found on the Training and Professional Development page.