Human Subjects Protection Certification - CITI Program

Montclair State University requires that all faculty, staff, students, and visitors who conduct research that involves human participants complete a training program on the protection of human participants. MSU has selected the CITI program to meet this requirement.  

Detailed instructions on registration for new users CITI New Users PDF


"The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) is a web-based training platform that was founded in 2000 as a collaboration between the University of Miami and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Montclair State University joins more than 1,500 institutions and organizations and 2.8 million people committed to research ethics." Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, Retrieved November 1, 2011, from www.citiprogram.org

Remember that if you are a student transitioning to graduate school or to a career at any one of the other participating institutions, your certification can transfer with you!

FAQs

How do I log in (new users)?

If you are a new user, you will be asked to register:

  1. From the CITI web site click on “Register Here” and select Montclair State University under Participating Institutions.
  2. Choose a Username and Password.
  3. Enter your name.
  4. Enter your email address.

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  1. Users will be prompted to complete the several registration pages.
  2. Users will be presented with 5 Curriculum choices. The module called “Human Subjects Research” (question 1) is the only group required for IRB certification at Montclair State University.

a. You may choose the subsection of Question 1 based on what area your research will be in.

  1. Under “My Courses,” click on the Enter link beside the course for which you have registered.
  2. Complete the “Integrity Assurance Statement.”
  3. Complete the required modules to finalize your certification. When all modules are completed with an overall score of 80%, CITI will issue you a “completion report.” At that point, your name and certification expiration date will be entered in a database accessible to the IRB office.

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How do I log in (returning users)?

Returning users may simply log in to the CITI web page and affiliate with Montclair State University to complete their training. If prior login information has been forgotten, click on the forgot login information link to recover login information.
1. From your main menu, click on the link "affiliate with another institution."   
2. Choose Montclair State University from the appropriate drop down menu.  
3. Answer the member information questions required by your newly affiliated institution. 
4. Enroll in the course(s) required by your newly affiliated institution. 

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What will I learn in taking the CITI human subjects course?

You will be able to:

  • explain the definition of research
  • explain the definition of a human subject
  • describe the differences between private and public information and behavior.
  • recognize the elements of consent
  • distinguish between privacy and confidentiality
  • identify privacy risks associated with study designs
  • identify laws that limit the ability to ensure confidentiality
  • identify the three ethical principles described in the Belmont Report
  • provide examples of how the ethical principles can be applied to research in the social and behavioral sciences, education, and the humanities 
  • plus much more....

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How long does it take to complete the CITI course?

It is not recommended that you try to take the CITI course in one sitting. The CITI program is designed so that you can easily exit and re-enter modules at your convenience. The estimated time for completion is anywhere from 2-4 hours.

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How do I print a completion report/certificate?

After completing a course, your learner menu will display an option for “print” under status for the course.

If you do not see the course on your Main Menu, click on the link called “previous coursework completed” to access older course completion reports.

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I took CITI training at another institution. Will my certification transfer?

Returning users may simply log in to the CITI web page and affiliate with Montclair State University to assess if the training completed is equivalent with the required MSU training. Some users may have to take additional modules.

To affiliate with Montclair State University after login to CITI:
1. From your main menu click on the link "affiliate with another institution."   
2. Choose Montclair State University from the appropriate drop down menu.  
3. Answer the member information questions required by your newly affiliated institution. 
4. Enroll in the course(s) required by your newly affiliated institution. 

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Will I be required to complete other modules in addition to the basic Human Subjects course?

Not only will the CITI program improve the human subjects protections training you receive, it allows for added protections that permit you to take modules specifically suited to your research.  For researchers working in specific areas or with specific populations, we may require additional modules, i.e. if you are doing research in elementary or high schools, we may require that you take a specific module as part of your training before receiving approval to work with those populations of participants.

 

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