CITI Program Instructions

The Department of Health and Human Services requires that investigators and their research teams understand ethical research standards. All investigators are responsible for safeguarding the respect and welfare of every research participant. In compliance with federal regulations, the University of St. Thomas requires all investigators fulfill an education requirement by completing online training through CITI Program prior to approval of their project by the IRB. Once an investigator completes the education requirement, he/she/they will receive a certificate that is active for four (4) years. Upon expiration, a refresher course must be completed to renew the certification.    

1. To create an account, go to

2. Click "Register" to begin setting up your CITI Program account. Do not click "Log in through my institution."

3. Search for and select University of St. Thomas – Minnesota as your institution;

4. Provide your name and email address for your account (the IRB recommends using an email account you will keep if you plan to carry your CITI Program account through graduate school or beyond UST);

5. Create your username and password;

6. Create your security question and answer;

7. Enter the requested demographic information;

8. Respond to the Continuing Education (CE) Credit questions. Most investigators will answer “no” to CE credits;

9. Provide the additional information requested by CITI Program;

10. Choose the appropriate courses. Select either "Human Subjects Training: Biomedical Research" or "Human Subjects Training: Social Behavioral-Educational Research" as your Learner Group. Most investigators at the University of St. Thomas will complete the Human Subjects Training: Social-Behavioral-Educational Research course.

11. CITI Program will send an activation link to your email address. Click the link to complete the registration process.

12. Upon log in, you will be directed to your CITI Program home page. To find the correct course, click "Add a Course." Please note that several departments use CITI on campus and investigators are NOT required to complete the conflict of interest module.

13. Complete the Integrity Assurance Statement presented at the top after clicking a course title. The system will allow you to start taking the course modules after completing it.

  1. Basic Institutional Review Board Regulations and Review Process
  2. Informed Consent
  3. Research and HIPAA Privacy Protections
  4. Recognizing and Reporting Unanticipated Problems Involving Risks to Subjects or Others in Biomedical Research
  5. Belmont Report and Its Principles
  6. 1 Elective Module
  1. Belmont Report and Its Principles
  2. Assessing Risk
  3. Informed Consent
  4. Privacy and Confidentiality
  5. Unanticipated Problems and Reporting Requirements in Social and Behavioral Research
  6. 1 Elective Module

Complete all required and elective modules. After completing the mandatory training, the Institutional Review Board office will receive an email indicating that you have successfully completed the course within 24 hours of completion. If you wish to retain a certificate of completion for your records, you may access a copy through your CITI Program account. For more information about the CITI Program education requirement, click here.