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  • 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 "I am an Institutional/Signatory Official" or "I am a member of the Institutional Review Board" as their learner group.

      Acceptable faculty (or staff) learner groups:

      • I am a Biomedical researcher (not a student)
      • I am a Social and Behavioral researcher (not a student)

      Acceptable student learner groups:

      • I am a Biomedical Research student
      • I am a Social and Behavioral Research student

    2. You should ignore the rest of the questions since they belong to other training requirements.

    3. 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.

      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

    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 sponsoring faculty if applicant is student, CO-PIs, and key personnel are now required to complete CITI training at the time of your application submission to the IRB.

    If you have taken a comparable training elsewhere in the past three years, upload a copy of your CITI training completion Certificate with your application as a separate file naming schema "firstInitial.lastNameCITI".

    Technical issues should be addressed to or to 305-243-7970.

    Phone support is available 8:30 am - 7:30 pm, U.S. Eastern Time, Monday - Friday.

    Direct Link to CITI Course

  • We are available to discuss your specific research project Monday – Friday, 8:30-4:30.

    You can walk in to our office at any time and are located at:
    JC Kellam Building Room 489
    Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
    Texas State University
    601 University Drive
    San Marcos, Tx 78666

    To Schedule an appointment you can contact us at 512-245-2314 or by Email

  • You can request a presentation by our staff for your class or group by contacting us at 512-245-2314 or by Email

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