What is the CITI Program?

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program is a subscription that Texas Southern University uses to fulfill the requirements for human subjects and animal research training. The program is online, available 24 hours; 7 days a week at the www.citiprogram.org. Below are some of the benefits of the subscription:

  • Investigators will be afforded the opportunity of completing the required training anytime, as long as the completion occurs prior to protocol approval.
  • Investigators will no longer be required to upload the training certificate in TOPAZ.
  • CITI Program also has an "affiliation" feature in which if members are part of another institution that uses CITI, courses that have already been completed may be able to be used to satisfy TSU requirements and vice versa.
  • The assigned required training will be tailored to align with the contents of the protocol, therefore, investigators will not be assigned training that may be potentially unnecessary.

How will CITI work in the protocol process?

Instead of principal investigators (PIs) being required to submit the training certificate at the time the protocol is submitted, they will have the flexibility to complete the online training as the protocol is being reviewed for approval. CITI accounts will be created along with TOPAZ accounts; "members" (as user are referred in CITI) will receive an e-mail from CITI of the account creation; followed by an e-mail from the TSU CITI administrator of the access credentials.

All PIs will be assigned the basic principal investigator course at the time of the account creation, therefore, it is recommended that PIs begin this course immediately. After the protocol has been submitted, subsequent CITI courses will be assigned to the PI based on the content of the course. The PI should continue completing all courses simultaneously to the protocol review. If the courses are not completed by the time the protocol is ready to be approved, the PI will be notified that the approval is being deferred until completion of the courses.

You may request a CITI account by clicking on the link and completing the online request; you will need your TSU e-mail.

Help from CITI

Help is available on CITI's website for users at the following links: