What is Milestone 2: the CITI Training?

by | April 29, 2012

Podcast Description: Learn about the purpose and requirements of Dissertation Milestone 2, the CITI training.

Transcript: The following presentation is a production of Capella University and is not intended for commercial use.

Welcome to another topic in a series of podcasts regarding aspects of the comprehensive exam and dissertation process. The second dissertation milestone you will need to complete is the CITI training. To provide training in protecting human participants in research, Capella University has adopted a series of online modules known as CITI—Collaborative IRB Training Initiative. You will move through a series of web-based educational modules in research ethics, founded by Dr. Karen Hansen at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute and Dr. Paul Braunschweiger at the University of Miami. These training modules are provided at no additional cost to Capella University learners and faculty.

CITI training is the precursor to completing Dissertation Milestone 6, the University approved IRB. Each module meets current federal requirements. During CITI training, you will receive information on several issues including: history and ethical principles, defining research with human subjects, informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and Internet research. Each module takes 20–30 minutes to complete. Plan about 4–6 hours to complete the entire CITI training.

The sequence of required sections provides information essential for most human participant research in the social and behavioral sciences. Some of these modules contain a short quiz at the end to assess your understanding of the content covered. The minimum “passing” aggregate score for the quizzes has been set by the University. A running tally is compiled in the Grade Book. If you want to improve a score on a quiz, you may repeat any quiz in which you didn’t score 100% correct.

If you do not achieve the passing score, you also may review the materials and retake the quizzes until you pass. The final record will reflect results from the latest quizzes taken.

Depending on the dissertation, research topic, or research method, you may be required to take additional modules.

You need to complete all of the required CITI modules before you may apply for IRB approval at which time you must indicate the CITI training completion date on the University’s Institutional Review Board application form. The School’s IRB reviewer or administrators will have access to the completion records to verify your training completion dates and modules you took.

Print or download a Course Completion Report as evidence that you have met your institutional requirements. A copy will be sent automatically to Capella University, and your milestone transcript will be updated.

You also may return to the course site in the future to obtain a copy of the completion report. Make sure you have recorded your username and password somewhere in case you need to return to the CITI training site.

It is important to carefully read the instructions. Select the BASIC course if you are taking it for the first time.

Refresher courses are available only to those who have previously completed all required modules and any appropriate additional modules. Please note they will not meet the requirements for IRB approval.
You can access the CITI modules at www.citiprogram.org or through iGuide. Access to these modules is also embedded in the Dissertation 9920 courseroom.

Certificates remain in effect for three years from the date of issue. However, whenever new federal, state, or institutional compliance regulations are implemented, you must obtain an updated certificate prior to engagement in any research activities.

Remember, you bring unique circumstances to your doctoral journey. Follow-up with your doctoral advisor for clarification and additional information about the dissertation process.

This presentation has been brought to you by Capella University and may not be re-transmitted or used for any commercial purpose without the expressed written consent of Capella University.

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