Education & CITI Training

Education & CITI Training

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Education

CITI Website

Introduction to CITI Training

Rowan University is part of the CITI program along with nearly 1,200 other organizations around the world. CITI training content is extensively reviewed and critiqued by many experts and academic institutions and found to be one of the most appropriate training sites for human research subject protections. CITI training is an effective method in administering training amongst the Institutional Review Boards at Rowan University. It brings consistency, reviews and edits by experts in the field, allows for continued training, and accommodates researchers who already have completed CITI training or are affiliated with other institutions. In some instances, Rowan University may require additional CITI training pertaining to affiliated researchers and collaborators who are identified in an IRB application and who will conduct human subjects research at Rowan University.

Training Requirements

Investigators and key personnel at Rowan University who participate in the design, conduct, and/or reporting of research conducted on humans (including exempt categories of research) and all IRB members and IRB staff must be appropriately trained in the protections of human subjects. Continuing education and training is required every three (3) years for those who are continuously engaged in conducting research using human subjects. After three years, investigators planning for long-term engagement with human subject research may receive a reminder from the CITI training program to complete an abbreviated refresher course.

All key research personnel at Rowan University or its affiliated sites, for which the Rowan University IRB's have provided approval to conduct human subject research or anyone not affiliated with Rowan, but conducting human subject research in collaboration with Rowan employees, must provide a current human subjects protections training certificate or complete the online CITI training as well as any other necessary courses. IRB approval of any individual application is contingent upon fulfillment of this requirement. IRBs have the authority to suspend a study until human subjects protections training requirements are met. IRB members, Rowan's Human Subjects Protection administration officials, and staff are also required to complete this training. Non-Rowan employees who have completed training at another institution must affiliate themselves with Rowan University. Instructions for non-Rowan investigators to affiliate with Rowan CITI training is provided on the CITI IRB website. Individuals not engaged in human subject research as defined in our policies and procedures are not required to take CITI training.

Detailed CITI training instructions

CITI Training by Learner Groups

During CITI registration you will be prompted to select one of the three Learner Groups listed below. Select the Learner Group that most closely associated with the main emphasis of your IRB work. Learner Groups are divided as follows:

Learner Group 1:

IRB Chairs, Members and IRB Administrators are to complete training in Learner Group 1. Any IRB Chair is required to complete both the Chair and Member and Administrator training. Investigators and researchers cannot take Learner Group 1 training, and it will not be accepted as adequate training related to an IRB application submitted for review. CITI Learner Group 1 training titles are:

  • Group 1: IRB Chair, Members, and Administrators - IRB Chair
  • Group 1: IRB Chair, Members, and Administrators - IRB Member and Administrator Training

Learner Group 2:

This group is applicable to researchers conducting Biomedical Research at Rowan University, regardless of which IRB reviews the human subjects research. If an investigator or researcher is working with protected health information, they must complete HIPAA training. If an investigator or researcher is NOT working with protected health information, then they are NOT required to complete HIPAA training. If the investigator or researcher is conducting clinical trials or they are members of a clinical trial study team, they are required to complete the Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Courses. CITI Learner Group 2 training titles are:

  • Group 2: Biomedical and Basic Research - Biomedical and Basic
  • Group 2: Biomedical and Basic Research - Biomedical Data and Specimens Only Research

Additional courses that may apply:

  • Good Clinical Practice Course (US FDA Focus Required for those conducting clinical trials)
  • GCP Course for Clinical Trials Involving Investigational Medical Devices ( Optional International focus)
  • GCP Course for Clinical Trials Involving Investigational Drugs (Optional ICH focus)

HIPAA and Medical Research Training

Rowan University has prepared a training module entitled “HIPAA and Medical Research” for investigators, research staff and research coordinators to understand how HIPAA regulations affect research. This training module is in addition to the basic HIPAA training provided by Rowan University (via the HCCS website) for physicians and other healthcare staff to remain in compliance with HIPAA Privacy Rule. Please go to this webpage to review HIPAA and Medical Research Information and Training - HIPAA and Medical Research

Learner Group 3:

This group is applicable to researchers conducting Social and Behavioral human subjects research at Rowan University, regardless of which IRB reviews the human subjects research. If an investigator or researcher is working with protected health information originating from any part of RowanSOM (SOM Clinics and Kennedy Memorial Hospital), they must complete HIPAA training. If an investigator or researcher is NOT working with protected health information, then they are NOT required to complete HIPAA training. CITI Learner Group 3 training titles are:

  • Group 3: Social, Behavioral and Education Research

eIRB Note: eIRB will synchronize your completion records with CITI. The criteria for synchronization is a matching email address, which is your Rowan University email account. You should always use in eIRB and CITI, your Rowan University email account as the primary email account. CITI allows you to add a secondary email.

Updates: Good Clinical Practices for Clinical Trails

Good Clinical Practices (GCP) Training - This training applies to NIH-funded investigators and clinical trial site staff who are responsible for the conduct, management and oversight of NIH-funded clinical trials. Notice