• Responsible Conduct of Research
    MTSU Institutional Review Board

Online Training

All MTSU faculty, staff, and students engaged in research with human subjects must complete training in human subjects protections. This requirement also applies to all members of the IRB and administrators supporting the IRB.

Non-MTSU researchers who are co-investigators of a protocol that requires MTSU IRB oversight must also complete appropriate training.

Although we accept other forms of certifications on a case-by-case manner, we STRONGLY recommend researchers to complete appropriate  training through the CITI program.  Most CITI training certifications are valid for up to 4 years.


  1. Follow this link to start your CITI program training: www.citiprogram.org.
  2. First-time users must register for an account using your official name (Ensure your first and last names you provide to CITI matches your MTSU records and your IRB applications)
  3. MTSU-affiliates will be asked a series of questions by the CITI portal to autoamatically determine which training module would most fit your need.
  4. Follow the guidelines below.
  5. Complete all required modules and quizes.
  6. In most instances, the Office of Compliance will be able to access your course completion information.  However, be prepared to provide proof of certification if directed by IRB or the Office of Compliance.  

Frequently Completed Training Modules

  • Students assisting with research projects complete the "No More than Minimal Risk" course.
  • Students conducting thesis or dissertation research,URECA scholars, and McNair students must do the "Social and Behavioral Research Investigators" course.
  • Faculty and staff must also do the "Social and Behavioral Research Investigators"
  • Faculty, staff, and students receiving federal funding for projects must also complete the "Responsible Conduct in Research" course in addition to the course listed above.